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Protesters form outside of fire department

Published: Jul. 15, 2021 at 1:51 PM CDT
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LAREDO, Tex. (KGNS) - While a meeting was taking place inside the city facility with local and federal leaders, a protest had formed outside the building.

According to protesters, they gathered because they oppose the potential tent migrant facility that would be built in Laredo.

Sandra Whitten, who is running for the U.S. House of Representatives, says her concerns include the spending package that would be spent on the facility.

On Tuesday, we told you how the federal government is currently eyeing a piece of county property as a possible site for it.

So far, Webb County commissioners granted a right of entry to survey the property to CBP.

The entire fairgrounds property is 137 acres, so if they deem the property as appropriate for the tent, it will only cover a small portion of the fairgrounds located on the far east side.

Republican candidate for U.S. Congress, Sandra Whitten, was one protester who was in the crowd. “These tent cities are nothing but festering grounds for more violence and more violent criminals. Here in the Laredo sector, we’ve seen a 900% increase in violent offenders that are coming across our border. If you don’t think that they’re not going to try to get into these facilities to try and recruit more, then you are not paying attention. This is not a conspiracy theory, this is what’s actually happening all around our Texas border.”

Whitten also said that the proposed facility would take away resources from the city and county at taxpayer’s expense.

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