Former US ambassador talks border wall, DACA during RGV visit
Former United States Ambassador Antonio Garza visited the Rio Grande Valley Friday morning and spoke exclusively with CBS 4 News about recent issues impacting local citizens.
Garza says one of his biggest concerns is the future of young Dreamers right here in the Rio Grande Valley following President Trump's decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.
That decision will affect close to 800,000 undocumented students come next month.
"That sort of uncertainty is not only unfortunate, it's unfair to them, not knowing what their future will be when they seek jobs, not knowing what they're going to do as they fill out college applications or as they raise families," said Garza.
Garza says with so many DACA recipients in the Valley, he is pushing for the Trump administration to reconsider putting an end to DACA.
"These Dreamers are Americans,” said Garza. “Many of them came to the United States as young people, they contributed, they grew up here, went to school here—so, we really need to address the policy issue as quickly as possible. It's sad."
Another concern on Garza's mind is the possible end of the North American Free Trade Agreement, an agreement between Mexico and Canada to allow the trades of goods between nations.
If NAFTA ends, Garza says that may cause problems not only for Valley residents, but for neighboring countries, as well.
"I think it's also very important that we have constructive relationship with Canada and Mexico, in terms of security and dealing with transparent threats like the human trafficking or trafficking of drugs of terrorism and threats.”
Garza says if the border nations unite, border security will improve.
"There's a lot that can be done in terms of enforcement, in terms of a broader drug policy, as you know we're facing an opioid crisis in the United States and that's something policy makers need to address."
Garza, who worked under the Bush Administration, tells CBS 4 News he doesn't believe building a new border wall is the smartest idea for our nation.
"We should combine technology and the support of Mexico or even just maintain the border wall we have right now," said Garza.