San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg joins President Biden, other South Texas mayors in Brownsville

Nirenberg was one of several South Texas mayors who spoke with Biden in the Rio Grande Valley

BROWNSVILLE, Texas – San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg met with President Joe Biden Thursday in Brownsville in what he called a show of support.

Biden was joined by Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas during his four-hour visit to the border.

The two met with Border Patrol agents, law enforcement and local leaders like Nirenberg.

“Did the president ask you anything specifically about San Antonio?” KSAT reporter Daniela Ibarra asked Nirenberg.

“Well, he asked us, ‘How it’s going?’ and I reported to him that it is a challenge,” Nirenberg told Ibarra.

The president used the trip to push the passage of a bipartisan border security bill which Nirenberg said he supports.

“The bipartisan border security deal is a win for the American people, and it’s a win for the people of Texas and it’s fair for those who legitimately have a right to come here to begin with,” Biden said. “It’s a win for the people of Brownsville.”

Brownsville mayor John Cowen said his city is overwhelmed and overworked by helping the migrants who come through.

“We all need help, so to our federal partners, we cannot afford to wait,” Cowen said. “We need to pass the Senate’s promising bipartisan border bill that you have championed.”

Nirenberg said he believes the bill would bring relief to cities like San Antonio.

“This border issue is so very frustrating, Daniela, because it is less an immigration crisis as it is a political crisis,” Nirenberg said.

WATCH BELOW: San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg speaks with KSAT after meeting with President Biden

About the Authors

Daniela Ibarra joined the KSAT News team in July 2023. This isn’t her first time in the KSAT newsroom– the San Antonio native spent the summer of 2017 as an intern. Daniela is a proud Mean Green alum, earning her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of North Texas.

Sal Salazar is a photojournalist at KSAT 12. Before coming to KSAT in 1998, he worked at the Fox affiliate in San Antonio. Sal started off his career back in 1995 for the ABC Affiliate in Lubbock and has covered many high-profile news events since. In his free time, he enjoys spending time at home, gaming and loves traveling with his wife.

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