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AUSTIN, Texas – In remarks at a luncheon held for RGV Day at the state Capitol, Harlingen Mayor Chris Boswell made a strong case for Rio Grande Valley cities to work together for the good of the region.
Border cities get a bad rap as violent, but the Rio Grande Valley is extremely safe. Of the 24 Texas metro areas ranked by the FBI, Brownsville comes in dead last, with 240 incidents of violent crime per 100,000 people. Nearby McAllen comes in at #18, with 286 per 100,000.
Rio Grande Valley business and economic development leaders have started to push back against U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul’s plans to add more border walls and mount Afghanistan-type operation command centers in the region.
A proposed $500 million power plant project that would generate 800 megawatts received on Monday a final greenhouse gas “Prevention of Significant Deteroriation” permit from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Cascos, Gov. Greg Abbott’s pick to serve as Secretary of State, stood before a room filled with delegates from Brownsville and stressed the importance of the border’s voice in Austin.