Leaders from the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, Southern Baptist Convention, Southern Baptists of Texas Convention and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops toured the new Border Patrol immigrant detention center in McAllen on Tuesday. Bishop Daniel Flores said it is a big improvement on the old detention center.
Sister Norma Pimentel of RGV Catholic Charities says the number of mothers and children from Central America passing through the group’s refugee center at Sacred Heart Church in McAllen has spiked again. The Obama Administration has been saying that the numbers of immigrants being apprehended was on the wane.
State Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa discusses the proposed hospital district for Hidalgo County with OWLS leader Fern McClaugherty at a Commissioners Court meeting on Tuesday. At the meeting, commissioners agreed to a seven member board for the hospital district, with five of the slots controlled by the Court and two by local cities.
Mission Mayor Norberto “Beto” Salinas says his public criticism of a proposed hospital district for Hidalgo County has had the desired effect. He said proponents have agreed to his demands that the tax cap be set at 25 cents per $100 property valuation, down from the current 75 cents. Salinas said he is not yet ready to back the project.
Mixed reaction to Perry's decision to deploy National Guard Political reaction to Gov. Rick Perry’s decision to deploy 1,000 National Guard troops in the Rio Grande Valley has largely broken along political lines, with Republicans supportive and Democrats joining Valley community and business groups in opposition.