Gov. Perry in San Antonio to address border crisis

LIBRE Initiative hosts gathering of community, faith leaders

By Robert Taylor - Web - News Editor
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SAN ANTONIO - Texas Gov. Rick Perry was in San Antonio Saturday to address the LIBRE Initiative as the group hosted a forum of Hispanic pastors. 

The group of faith and community leaders gathered to talk about the role of the faith community when it comes to issues like immigration, and the recent influx of undocumented minors along the South Texas Border.

"We're bringing in clergy, together with the governor to talk about the issues that Texans are facing, especially Latino Texans," said John Mendez, national director for the LIBRE Initiative.

Perry shared with the group about his recent visit to a Border Patrol facility where he saw hundreds of mothers and children, who made the dangerous trip to the U.S.

"I saw how our country's refusal to commit the resources necessary to secure our borders are directly impacting those children," said Perry.

Across town, Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX) presented military service medals to a World War II veteran, where he also addressed the border crisis.

Castro, who recently visited processing facilities along the South Texas border, calls the situation a humanitarian crisis.

"You see people that are very destitute and desperate. I was having a conversation with a 2-year-old little boy who had been on a journey from El Salvador with his mom, and you can see both the fear and the desperation in these people's eyes," said Castro.


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