Gov. Greg Abbott's visit sparks protest in El Paso

(EL PASO, Texas)--Republican Gov. Greg Abbott did not answer questions from the media but did highlight several of the state’s accomplishments during a GOP fundraising event Saturday night in El Paso.
 


The Lincoln Day dinner hosted by the El Paso County Republican Party attracted more than 400 donors and dozens of protestors.   

Claudia Flores was marching outside and told NewsChannel 9, “Everything that his happening is not right and we want him out of here because El Paso is a community that deserves to have respect and he’s not showing us respect at all.”

Many protestors focused on Abbott’s views on Senate Bill 4 which would ban sanctuary cities in Texas.

Flores said, “El Paso is a border town and there’s a lot of immigrants here that did not have the money or time to get their papers but they want a better future. I know a lot of friends that are crazy right now and they’re saddened by what’s going on.”

Inside the event, Abbott’s speech focused on child welfare and the economy.

Abbott said, “Our economy is so strong that if Texas had its own economy, we would have the 10th largest economy the world.”

NewsChannel 9 did ask Abbott’s staff about a report from the Associated Press regarding a memo that said President Donald Trump’s administration is considering mobilizing as many as 100,000 National Guard troops in 11 states to round up and deport undocumented immigrants.

John Wittman, a spokesperson for Abbot replied, “The Office of the Governor has not received, much less seen, a memo or request from the White House or Department of Homeland Security regarding the use of Texas National Guard troops for immigration enforcement. The White House has adamantly denied there are efforts underway to mobilize the National Guard for this purpose.”

Organizers with the El Paso County Republican Party told NewsChannel 9 this was the largest turnout in their event's history and attributed most of its success to Abbott's being there.


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