Trump visits Texas border town in the midst of a push for the wall: What you need to know about McAllen

in the vicinityVideoHow will Trump the trip to the US-Mexico border effects of border security?

As the government remains partially shuttered, President Trump is set to visit the southern border for a continued push for a wall.

Trump and Democrats remained locked in an impasse over the funding for the border wall, with the President of one of its deepest choice calls for more than $5 billion of which will go in the direction of the promise. He warned the shutdown could stretch on for “years” and floated the possibility of a Declaration of a national emergency, to build the wall

Trump McAllen, Texas, Thursday, is directed, “which meeting, the said on the front of the national security and humanitarian crisis,” White House press secretary Sarah Sanders.

The Mexico-adjacent to the city is about 250 miles South of San Antonio. On the other side of the Rio Grande Reynosa is located, is one of the least secure cities in Mexico. Reynosa is located in the Northern part of Tamaulipas, which has included the State Department, in a travel warning due to the crime.

As a trump visits McAllen, read more for a look at what you need to know about the Texas city.

Home to the largest immigration center in the USA

In this June of 2018 photo: U.S. Customs and Border Protection, people who’ve been in custody in connection with cases of illegal entry into the United States, sitting in one of the cages in a facility in McAllen, Texas.
(U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Rio Grande Valley sector, via AP)

McAllen is the home of the largest immigration processing centre in the USA, by the name of Ursula, who was in the midst of the controversial practice of separation of children from their families after they went to the USA


The people are being held at the 77,000-square-foot facility, behind the chain link fences and Mylar cover. Earlier this year, immigration officials said the facility housed over 1,129 people, according to NBC News. Its capacity is supposedly 1,500 people.

The mayor is confident that a wall is “effective”

McAllen mayor Jim Darling said his city’s recreation centers see an average of “several hundred” asylum seekers a day, compared to the influx of people, the caravans travelling in the United States, garnered national attention.

Darling said the Texas-default, the “border security is important,” but his face is different to the other cities along the US-Mexican border, it is not clear where the line is, because of the Rio Grande. A wall, Darling, said, “this is really an effective way to protect our borders.”

McAllen residents have also claimed that the city is safe, even though you are not having a wall along the border.


“Why on earth I and my husband would live here and work here, and in the rear six children here, if it’s not safe,” Marianna Trevino-Wright, who works at the National Butterfly Center, told Reuters.

“I’ve lived here my whole life, and I have never seen a crisis here. We had never said the problems of the cartels in our cities and wreaking havoc, or nothing,” Alex Flores, a 27-year-old bartender.

Darling also noted that the McAllen area economy coexists with Reynosa, and people traveling back and forth between the cities for work. “You can not mouth just the this place down,” he said.

Located on the Rio Grande River

McAllen is a part of the 15th electoral district in Texas represented by a Democrat, Vicente González, in the Congress, and the 28th district, represented by Democrat Henry Cuellar.

McAllen’s population is sitting on more than 143,000 employees and is the largest city in Hildago County. It is home to Quinta Mazatlan, a historic mansion, and birding center.


The majority of the McAllen population is Hispanic, and the median household income is around $45,000, according to U.S. Census data.

The first lady visited

The First lady, Melania Trump, visit traveled to McAllen in June 2018, is a child detention center in the midst of the national outcry, were from children separated from their parents, which is illegal in the US.

During her visit, the first lady thanked the Upbring of New Hope Children’s centre staff for “hard work, compassion, and kindness”, they showed the children housed in the facility. They also spent time with the minors in the middle and spoke with them about their interests and the interests of the school.


The first line holds unaccompanied minors, in contrast to those who were separated from their families, at the border. Over 55 children – were predominantly at the age of 12 to 17 housed in the facility in time.

Fox News, Gregg Re, and Adam Shaw contributed to this report.

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