Press Release

Rep. Mando Martinez Responds to Governor’s Border Wall Tour


(Weslaco, TEXAS) – Today, Governor Greg Abbott invited former President Donald Trump to the Rio Grande Valley in order to promote his plan to spend millions of taxpayer dollars to put a down payment on a state-funded border wall.

Rep. Armando “Mando” Martinez (D-Weslaco), who represents the district where part of today’s tour took place, issued the following statement on behalf of the Texas House Democratic Caucus.

“Texans in the Rio Grande Valley deserve real policy solutions for the serious problems we face. My constituents need affordable health care. We need improved transportation infrastructure and flood management systems. We need reliable access to clean water. 

“For the governor to demand legislators’ attention and taxpayers’ money for a border wall when so many people in the area lack fundamental services is a slap in the face. Once again, Gov. Abbott is playing politics for his own personal gain, and everyday Texans will pay the price.”