Paco Valentin, state director for USDA Rural Development, helped officially open the City of Mercedes’ new $2.6 million fire station on Wednesday. Half of the money for the building came from Valentin’s agency. The current firehouse was built 87 years ago. U.S. Rubén Hinojosa, a native of Mercedes, participated in the ribbon-cutting.
Paco Valentin, state director for USDA Rural Development, made a presentation to San Benito Mayor Celeste Sanchez at San Benito City Hall on Wednesday. Valentin’s agency is providing San Benito EDC with $400,000 for a revolving loan program to help small businesses obtain the capital they need to expand.
Dozens of members of La Unión del Pueblo Entero received Congressional certificates from U.S. Reps. Rubén Hinojosa and Filemon Vela at a citizenship ceremony in San Juan on Wednesday evening. The members took English and Civics classes at LUPE offices in San Juan, Alton and Mercedes before applying to become U.S. citizens.
Congressmen Rubén Hinojosa and Filemon Vela told how their families moved to the U.S. from Mexico at a La Unión del Pueblo Entero citizenship ceremony in San Juan on Wednesday evening. Vela noted that Hispanics do not vote in high numbers. He urged the new U.S. citizens to exercise their newly obtained democratic right and vote.
Worsley: Something magical is happening in Mexico On the first day of the 21st Annual U.S.-Mexico Border Energy Forum, Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson paid tribute to Mexico’s political leaders, saying they showed true leadership in deregulating their country’s energy sector.