Beto O’Rourke reacts to Gov. Greg Abbott’s scheduled Valley visit

By: Christian von Preysing

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With Gov. Greg Abbott expected in McAllen Saturday afternoon to reportedly announce his run for re-election, potential challenger Beto O’Rourke called the visit political theater.

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Abbott previously visited the Valley last month to show the new border wall under construction in Starr County.

"He comes to the border communities, come to the Rio Grande Valley, to use these communities as a prop,” O’Rourke said. “To take pictures in front of the border wall, for example, and try to tell the rest of Texas and rest of the country that the Valley and border communities pose a threat."

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O'Rourke said the border barriers that the state is building need to be local decisions, adding that the focus on Operation Lone Star is painting the border in a negative light.

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