Seven Valley Delegates to Address Immigration, Smuggling Issues at Republican National Convention
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Seven Valley Delegates to Address Immigration, Smuggling Issues at Republican National Convention

Seven delegates from the Valley will travel to the Republican National Convention in Milwaukee to represent the region’s priorities.

Every four years, Texas Republicans pull out their big white hats to meet with their colleagues from across the country. Hundreds of delegates will be in Milwaukee from July 15 to 18 for the convention

“These have been difficult times for Americans, especially here in South Texas,” said Adrienne Peña Garza, At-Large Delegate for the 15th Congressional District.

Garza points to immigration, smuggling and inflation as problems that require attention.

“While the rest of the state and the country seems to be moving left in a lot of areas, our area is moving right, and I think that’s because the Hispanic community is conservative, and under Trump’s policies, I think we’ve thrived,” Garza said.

This year, the Texas delegation will vote to certify Donald Trump for President of the United States.

Garza says the Rio Grande Valley gained additional seats in the Republican delegation after turnout in the Valley was so high in Gov. Greg Abbott’s election.

“Our turnout for Governor Abbott was so strong that we were able to have more weighted votes. So when we ran for those positions, or when delegates ran for those positions, they had more weighted votes, so we had a strong delegation from South Texas,” Garza said.

Travel expenses are covered by visitors, but they treat it as an important opportunity.

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