With President Donald Trump visiting the Rio Grande Valley in less than 72 hours, the Mayor of Mission, Dr. Armando O’Caña is hoping to speak to him about several issues.
“The main concern we have is our first responders,” said O’Caña. “How are we going to be able to service the first responders to get across the wall? How are we going to service our water and sewer lines?”
The current proposed border wall plan will rip through certain parts of Mission.
“Hopefully they’ll give me an opportunity to speak just five minutes with him so I’ll be able to share ideas and comments and concerns of what the impact of a border wall would do to our city,” said O’Caña.
An impact like how several residents who live on the border near Chimney Park, will be left on the other side of the wall.
“The Cavazos Family from Madero have been there for ages. I’ve lived in the City of Mission for 64 years and I’ve known the Cavazos’s all my life,” said O’Caña.
We spoke to Fred Cavazos, a Mission man who lives on the Rio Grande, a few months ago and he told us he’s terrified of a wall dividing his property.
“That’s what scares me, what’s gonna happen to my property, my animals,” said Cavazos.
Dr. O’Caña says that’s exactly why he hopes to ask President Trump himself.
“That’s their livelihood and the last time I talked to him he was very upset the fact that it’s going to divide all his property,” said O’Caña. “The question I would be asking is has he realized the impact he is having on our city?”
O’Caña said he has put in a request to the White House to ask if the President can tour landmarks in Mission, like the National Butterfly Center and La Lomita Chapel.
O’Caña says he has not gotten any type of confirmation from The White House on whether or not President Trump is meeting with any local mayors.