President Obama Coming To Texas

EL PASO (AP) – President Barack Obama is expected to address border trade and security issues Tuesday during his second visit to El Paso in less than a year next week and then head off to attend a fundraiser in Austin.

El Paso Mayor John Cook told The Associated Press Thursday that he has received information that Obama will visit Chamizal National Memorial, on the U.S.-Mexico border, a few blocks from downtown El Paso.

The president’s second visit to El Paso in less than a year “is an indication that we are an extremely important city,” Cook said. The mayor said trade between El Paso and Juarez, Mexico, just across the border, has grown from $52 billion per year in 2005 to $71 billion last year. “And that’s in the middle of a recession,” Cook added.

Julie Hillrichs, a spokeswoman for the Texas Border Coalition, began hearing that Obama was likely to visit the U.S.-Mexico border well before details were finalized. “We hope he will be discussing border security,” she said. Her group represents border city mayors, county judges and economic development commissions.

During his last trip to El Paso in August, Obama visited Fort Bliss to mark the end of combat operations in Iraq.

Councilwoman Susie Byrd said she hopes to get a chance to speak to the president about the need to find solutions for border security that are more effective and less costly. “The border fence is a good example,” Byrd said. “We are throwing a very wide net now.” She also hopes to make Obama reconsider the approach the drug war strategy because, she said, “they are not working, they are expensive, and have come at great expense to the residents of Juarez, our sister city.”

The White House has not released details on the president’s agenda so far, but a fundraising email sent last week to potential donors said he was scheduled to attend a fundraiser in Austin, a sliver of liberalism in an otherwise Republican stronghold. No Democratic presidential candidate has won in Texas since 1976.

Bruce Buchanan, a professor in the Department of Government in the University of Texas at Austin, said that Obama will have a fundraiser in Austin because he always has a great reception there. “He came here several times during his campaign,” even before he was considered a strong contender.

Cal Jillson, a professor of political science at Southern Methodist University, says that Obama had strong support of Hispanic voters in 2008. “He has lost some momentum and wants to regain it.”

Texas is the “last frontier for Latino votes,” says Buchanan. Unlike California, where Hispanic voters are more mobilized, in Texas the turnout is very low, says Buchanan.

“Repeated visits might not only increase it, but link the turnout to the fortunes of the Democratic Party” in a 2012 election where immigration will likely be a central issue, Buchanan said.

The White House says Obama will return to Washington the same day.

(© Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

  • Kris

    You’re an idiot. And you call yourself “Patriotic”?

  • jones

    shes right…

  • jimbo

    Don’t give her a hard time, it was just wishful thinking!

  • NewYork>Texas

    Give her your sympathy, the pity poor girl doesn’t know Hawaii is a state.

    • C B

      Don’t you men, PITIFUL, you illiterate dolt? Oh, sorry. I just read you’re from New York – New Jersey’s incestuous cousin.

  • Grahawk

    I pity the fool who supports the fraud in the White House who doesn’t know how many states there are…

  • ReelTexan

    Gotta make sure enough dope is getting through.

  • Real American

    I’ll bring a rope!

    • C Bauer

      Enjoy the Secret Service kicking in your door in 5, 4, 3…

      • Real American

        they gave me the rope

  • Mark

    Maybe he can meet with the governor when he comes here and explain to him and all the people who lost their homes due to the raging wildfires a few weeks ago why he didn’t approve the relief money we asked for?

    • Ron

      Perhaps it is because they neglected to keep their property clean, perhaps it is because Texas does not mow their right of ways, and pehaps it is because Texas does no controled burns to keep the trash from building up. FEMA is for natural disasters and not disagters that the State and homeowners do nothing to prevent.

      • CB

        Which one of those fires, other than the smaller one set by a homeless drunken bum in Austin, was set by humans? In case you didn’t notice, we haven’t had any rain until recently. Moron.

      • Texvet230

        Ron you are an idiot!!! Obviously you dont live in Texas…So dont comment on things you have limited information about…and the way your comment is written I would say your a TREE HUGGING LIBERAL….

  • C Bauer

    I want to be there so I can just touch his suit and be healed of my allergies! Heal me Lord Obama! Heal me! Praise be to our Lord and Savior, Barack Hussein Obama!!!

    Side note: Food will be provided. He’ll use a few loaves of bread and some fish to feed everyone, and he’ll turn the Trinity River in to wine! Glory to Barack!

  • Rick McDaniel

    That border trade is simply destroying America. He wants more support, for allowing illegal drugs into this country, and more cheap worthless imports, to prevent jobs in the US.

    He is promoting illegal immigration at every turn, and is turning our country into a land frought with crime and violence…………much of it from Mexican drug cartels.

  • Ron

    It is your responsability to protect your home from wildfires.
    The threat of wildland fires for people living near wildland areas or using recreational facilities in wilderness areas is real. Dry conditions at various times of the year and in various parts of the United States greatly increase the potential for wildland fires.

    Advance planning and knowing how to protect buildings in these areas can lessen the devastation of a wildland fire. There are several safety precautions that you can take to reduce the risk of fire losses. Protecting your home from wildfire is your responsibility. To reduce the risk, you’ll need to consider the fire resistance of your home, the topography of your property and the nature of the vegetation close by.

    Learn more at FEMA,gov

    • Texvet230

      Tell that to all those people in California that lost there homes to either wildfire or mudslides… and you just proved your a tree hugger by posting a link to another goverment funded agency that my tax dollars pays for…

    • CB

      Again, RON, instead of parroting your idiotic talking points, TELL US which fires were not set by “Acts of God”. Your BONG RESIN has probably started more fires.

      Well, we’re still waiting for your answer, Brainiac.

    • Real American

      Ron, thats like saying that its “your responsibility” to protect your home from tornadoes. with proper building techniques you can significantly reduce or prevent damage from wind and flying debris. i guess those people in alabama should just suck it up then.

  • Michael W

    we should divert some troops to the border and show the cartels that their way of live is as bad as the Al Quaida and we are not going to tolerate it

  • dobbie

    Austin is the only Texas city with any common political sense…

    • Real American

      dobbie, you are incorrect. nothing about politics in ausin or anywhere else is common, and non of it makes any sense.

  • dont worry about who I am

    Yall was all fine when Bush let all of New Orleans stay with out help.As soon as some white folks go through a tragedy it like moving mountains for them.


      There’s other people than black people that live in New orleans…Thank you

    • Real American

      WHOA, dont even go there Dont Worry. i was a logistics manager for FEMA in ft worth when katrina hit. we had hundreds of trucks loaded with food, water, equipment and supplies before it hit NO. we busted tail in 12 hour shifts for 72 straight days sending out hundreds more trucks per day to all the affected areas. you need to take those issues up with the politicians and locals down there who stole it and sold it on e-bay or gave away to their friends or just plain sold it for cash or drugs. if it didnt get to where it was needed, the blame lies there, not with FEMA.

  • Charlie

    Everybody gets their turn; and what goes around, comes around.

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