The Democratic mayor from the border town of Del Rio, Texas, had harsh criticism for lawmakers for not addressing the immigration crisis effectively.
During a city meeting earlier in the month, Mayor Bruno Lozano slammed lawmakers for failing to address the immigration crisis effectively and questioned why they were not taking a more hands-on approach.
“I asked that you go see firsthand and walk through what the Border Patrol is walking through, walk through the system of release, walk through the coalition [of nonprofits and churches], walk through the judicial process, because the senators aren’t here,” Lozano told Jonathan Huhn, the director of Sen. John Cornyn’s (R-Texas) San Antonio office.
He pointed out that the lawmakers should travel to border cities to see what the issues are with immigration.
“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.
Mayor Lozano of Del Rio addresses represenitives of U.S. Sen. John Cornyn and U.S. Rep. Will Hurd at a joint session of the City Council, Val Verde County and School District.
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He shared his frustration with federal lawmakers who have failed to take care of the issue.
“We’re frustrated. We’re extremely frustrated,” Lozano added. “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.”
Lozano said that the city needed federal funding for transportation and translators for the illegal immigrants but said that his requests have not been granted.
“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,” Lozano said. “It’s falling on deaf ears, and we are tired of it. We are sick and tired of the deaf ears.”