As the young United States of America was finishing its race toward freedom in April 1783, the Philadelphia Congress bestowed on a particular individual, the designation of “Protector and Defender of U.S. Independence.” The question is, who may have merited...
President Biden used his first two virtual foreign visits to usher in a new era of North American relations with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.   During the meetings, Trudeau and López Obrador requested Biden’s support in securing U.S.-produced COVID-19...
The City of Laredo will comply, to the extent required, with Governor Greg Abbott’s order announced yesterday as part of the effort to gradually reopen Texas. We are also working with our public health and infectious disease experts to...
This week, upon completing my self-quarantine out of an abundance of caution, I returned to Washington, D.C. While at home in Texas and this week in our nation’s capital, I have been actively working with the administration, my colleagues, state...
Early this year Fisher Industries built a border wall in the Rio Grande floodplain in Mission, Texas.  Today it stands 18 feet tall, built of shiny galvanized bollards – metal posts six inches wide spaced just five inches apart.  Tommy Fisher...
Good morning everybody and welcome. This actually is the Mayor’s Welcome speech but he is over at a vaccine distribution center so he asked me to say a few words on his behalf.  On behalf of the City of Weslaco...
Home is the front line for the COVID-19 crisis unfolding in our nation. How we spend time sheltering in place says a lot about the world we live in. Normally, our differences are masked. It’s hard to tell who...
On Wednesday, September 9, 2015, the Advocacy Alliance Center of Texas hosted a kick-off event in commemoration of Valley Voter Awareness Month at the Edinburg Conference Center. The purpose of the event was to present a ten year resolution that...
Good morning and thank you all for your presence here this morning to share with us such an important day. First and foremost, I would like to give special recognition to Mr. Jim Darling, mayor of the City of McAllen,...
After watching the goings-on in Washington for more than two and a half years, I have just turned off the television.  Clearly, we have too many muddled Americans who only see through their own lenses.   Despite countless surveys and questions by...

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