Del Rio, Texas mayor Bruno Lozano took to Youtube this week to plead with Biden to “please stop” and to “make a new plan” with migrants awaiting court dates. The situation, he said, is not only dangerous for his residents but for the migrants who are exposed to the deadly unexpected winter that settled into the region.
“I am pleading and requesting with you to please put a halt to any measures regarding the release of immigrants awaiting court dates into the city of Del Rio and surrounding areas,” Lozano said in a Feb. 17 video.
He went on to say the city does not have resources to accommodate migrants.
“I will have no choice but to use the extreme measure under the Emergency Declaration as the mayor of the city of Del Rio, Texas to refuse the entry of migrants awaiting court dates,” he said.
The mayor tells Biden that if the migrants are allowed in, the city will be forced to leave them without resources during this difficult time in the face of a pandemic and the ongoing Texas winter storm that left millions without power and heating.
The New York Post reported the Biden administration is working to undo Trump-era policies, including a policy Friday that allowed 25 migrants to enter the United States and await court hearings — instead of staying in Mexico like previous rules called for.
The administration is looking to bring more migrants into the US to await their trials and be released in Texas and California in the coming week.
The Del Rio mayor says this is not possible for his town and is asking for power, water, and resources if Biden allows migrants in.
“We are completely and utterly spread thin with resources for our own community,” he said.
If Biden does go through with the plan, Lozano requests that he “provide the means and supplies necessary to accompany them safely under these extreme circumstances.”
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In a turn of events, the House of Representatives made history on Friday with a vote to expel Rep. George Santos (R-N.Y.), marking the first such expulsion in over two decades. A moment fraught with gravity unfolded as Speaker Mike Johnson wielded his gavel to formalize Santos’ removal, setting a precedent in congressional annals.
Santos, indicted on 23 counts related to wire fraud, identity theft, and other charges, has not faced conviction but stands accused of misusing campaign funds for opulent purchases. The bipartisan vote, tallying 311 to 114, signaled robust support for expulsion, with a marginally higher number of Republicans opting to retain Santos.
Questions loomed as Speaker Johnson left the chamber, his silence leaving the fate of the ongoing government spending battle uncertain. According to reports from Fox News, Democratic Rep. Steny Hoyer emphasized the non-partisan nature of the decision, asserting that members concluded Santos had tarnished the House’s reputation and was unfit for representation.
Within the GOP, conflicting opinions emerged, with Rep. Darrell Issa arguing against expulsion, citing the presumption of innocence. The tight-lipped stance of the House Ethics Committee played a pivotal role in the deliberations.
Conversely, members of the New York Republican delegation, led by Rep. Marc Molinaro, asserted Santos’ commission of crimes, justifying expulsion based on a comprehensive investigation.
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