The pressure continues to mount on Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats to join Trump and find a permanent solution to the border crisis.
We have solutions – both temporary and permanent that the majority would agree on but politics is stopping progress.
The Democrats cannot afford to give Trump a win, but with pressure coming from within their own ranks now, we may see them get serious.
From Fox News: A Democrat mayor of a Texas town bordering Mexico slammed the federal government and lawmakers, saying “we are sick and tired of the deaf ears” for failing to protect towns like his from illegal immigration.
Bruno Lozano, the mayor of Del Rio, Texas, made his remarks during a meeting with Republican Sen. John Cornyn’s staffers regarding asylum-seekers and immigration.
The mayor criticized the government and called for a more active approach in combatting illegal immigration that he says overrun his town, urging lawmakers to actually visit the border towns to see the situation.
“They need to see firsthand what’s going on. They need to understand the frustrations that the commissioners, or that the city council, the school board, the hospital officials are managing [and] having to deal with,” Lozano said.
“We’re frustrated. We’re extremely frustrated,” he continued. “Our priorities on the city council are our streets, are our parks, are the economy, are the drive of the community and the places of worship and the places to have leisure activities. It is not the priority to solve immigration.”
The Democrat added that it’s unfair to ask small towns to handle issues related to asylum seekers and immigration, saying this is where the federal government needs to step up.
“It is not our purview; it is not our jurisdiction. It is your job to ensure that you convey the frustration that I share with you all to ensure that our representatives at the federal level are hearing it,” he said. “It’s falling on deaf ears, and we are tired of it. We are sick and tired of the deaf ears.”
From The Daily Caller: But he said Washington doesn’t seem to be listening. “It’s falling on deaf ears, and we are tired of it. We are sick and tired of the deaf ears.”
Lozano’s frustration comes at a time when border patrol agents are reporting being overwhelmed by the numbers of migrants illegally crossing the border. Before he was appointed acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), then-U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner Kevin K. McAleenan said the situation at the border had reached a “breaking point” as he inspected the El Paso, Texas crossing, according to the El Paso Times.
DHS is projecting that if current trends continue, 2019 will be the worst year for illegal immigration from the southern border in a decade.
President Donald Trump reached a deal with Mexico this month that could ameliorate that pressure. After warning he would place a 5% tariff on all Mexican goods, America’s neighbor to the south agreed to better police its borders and to dedicate more resources to prevent illegal border crossings.