El Paso senator says Texas leaders are taking wrong approach to immigration crisis

El Paso senator says Texas leaders are taking wrong approach to immigration crisis

by Josh Zuber

An El Paso state senator said Texas Gov. Rick Perry is misusing money when it comes to the surge of immigrants coming from south Texas.

El Paso received four planes full of migrants who reportedly said they are fleeing violence in their Central American countries on June 7 and June 14.

Sen. Jose Rodriguez said the millions being used to protect the border should be used to help those crossing since this is a humanitarian crisis.

Rodriguez said the $1.3 million weekly that Perry said he will spend to send troops to the border isn’t appropriate.

Instead, the money should be used to specifically help the undocumented, unaccompanied minors who he said got bad advice to be taken into the country.

Rodriguez said he doesn’t even think the federal government ever asked for Texas’ help in the first place and that federal immigration officials are doing their job just fine.

“So it’s not like the federal government has been sitting on its chair and not doing anything. And my view is that if we’re going to spend any taxes, public dollars, here that they should allocated for humanitarian purposes – providing decent shelters, medical care and other needs of the children,” said Rodriguez.

He added that the Department of Public Safety director has asked his officers to not ask immigration status of those they come in contact with.

Instead that they turn suspected immigrants over to federal immigration authorities.

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