Texas Border Town Mayor Snubbed from Biden’s Executive Order Event Amidst Immigration Crisis


The Democratic mayor of a Texas border town announced he will not be attending President Joe Biden’s executive order signing in Washington after the White House informed him that he was not invited.

Mayor Rolando Salinas of Eagle Pass, Texas, a vocal critic of the Biden administration, leads a small border town at the epicenter of the illegal immigration crisis that began in early 2021.

“I received a call from the White House. It wasn’t an invitation — just to let me know that they were making an announcement tomorrow,” Salinas revealed in an exclusive interview on Monday. “Did they invite me? No. … I was outspoken against the White House when we were getting slammed [with illegal immigration].”

Other Texas mayors, including Ramiro Garza of Edinburg, John Cowen Jr. of Brownsville, and Oscar Leeser of El Paso, confirmed on Monday that they had received personal invitations to Washington for the executive order-signing on Tuesday.

“We are appreciative of the funding we have received from the federal government so that our efforts don’t fall on the backs of El Paso taxpayers,” Leeser stated. “I look forward to hearing more about the President’s plan on Tuesday.”

However, Salinas dismissed the Tuesday event as merely a last-ditch effort to save face ahead of the election, with immigration being the No. 1 issue to U.S. voters.

“It’s good this is going into place, but is it politically driven five months before the election? I think so,” Salinas commented.

The Democratic mayor, who is also a lawyer, questioned the legal basis for Biden’s executive action, highlighting that for over three years, the White House and Department of Homeland Security have each maintained that only Congress can address “broken” immigration laws, not the executive branch.

“If it was that quick and easy to issue an executive order, why not do it in December when we were getting swamped with 3[,000]-4,000 people a day? It’s hard for me to forget that,” Salinas remarked. “As much as I want to support [Biden] — and by no means am I a Republican — but he’s been saying that Congress does it, and now you’re doing something about it without Congress. Why couldn’t he do it before? One-hundred percent, it’s politically driven.”

The White House is expected to announce an executive order on Tuesday that will effectively shut down the U.S.-Mexico border to illegal immigration. Under the Biden administration, nearly 10 million non-U.S. citizens have been encountered attempting to enter the United States.

The White House has yet to publicly disclose details of the order, but it is anticipated to mirror a Senate proposal that House Republicans opposed earlier this year.

The order would affect adult immigrants who cross the border and seek asylum. The changes are expected to align with limitations floated earlier this year in a Senate legislative package that ultimately failed to gain Republican support.

It could limit the number of immigrants who seek asylum at the ports of entry, though limitations on immigrants who cross between the ports remain unclear.

The White House did not respond to a request for comment.

Anna Giaritelli
Anna Giaritelli
Anna Giaritelli focuses on homeland security, immigration, and border issues. Anna has traveled to the border on more than 40 occasions since 2018 and has covered human smuggling, the evolution of the war on drugs, domestic terrorism, and migration trends. She is currently based in Austin, Texas.

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