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Friday, May 16, 2008

TBC Members to Discuss Border Wall Lawsuit at Washington, D.C., News Conference


Members of the Texas Border Coalition (TBC) will hold a news conference this morning in Washington, D.C. to discuss the filing of a federal lawsuit against U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff over the planned border wall in Texas.

The lawsuit will be filed today in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C.

Attending the news conference are Eagle Pass Mayor and TBC Chairman Chad Foster; McAllen Mayor Richard Cortez, Brownsville Mayor Pat Ahumada; Laredo Mayor Raul Salinas; Dennis Nixon, president and CEO of International Bank of Commerce in Laredo and chairman of International Bancshares Corp.; Eddie Aldrete, senior vice president of International Bank of Commerce and TBC treasurer; and Los Angeles attorney Peter Schey, president and executive director of the Center for Human Rights and Constitutional Law.

The Texas Border Coalition (TBC) is a collective voice of border mayors, county judges, economic development commissions focused on issues that affect more than 6 million people along the Texas-Mexico border region and economically disadvantaged counties from El Paso to Brownsville. TBC is working closely with the state and federal government to educate, advocate, and secure funding for transportation, immigration and ports of entry, workforce and education and health care. For more information, visit the coalition Web site at


Anonymous Anonymous said...

The following is an excerpt of comments made today by our Mayor in DC that came out in a story in the Rio Grande Guardian:

Ahumada was asked how disappointed he was that Cameron. County commissioners declined to join the lawsuit. Commissioner John Wood tried to get a resolution to be debated but could not persuade any of his colleagues to bring the issue up.

“Well, you have a Republican County Judge (Carlos Cascos) and a Republican administration in Washington. I don't know if that's a factor, but I know the public is strongly against this border wall,” Ahumada said.

“I hope we will prevail in court. We really don't need a fence to secure the border we have a unique heritage and they should not try to force this down our throat. People really need to think very seriously about the implications of this border wall.”

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