After a week of controversy surrounding President Donald Trump, he is scheduled to make a final public appearance as president in South Texas on Tuesday. His visit is being met with negative feedback from the community after the president incited an insurrection at the U.S. Capitol last week on the baseless premise that voter fraud led to President-elect Joe Biden's victory.
The president will visit Alamo, near the city of McAllen, at an undisclosed time on Tuesday. According to the Associated Press, his visit will mark the completion of 450 miles of border wall, which the Department of Homeland Security announced last week.
Trump last visited the Rio Grande Valley in 2019, where supporters lined the street he drove by.
The RGV, a historically blue region in Texas, almost turned red in this past election. Trump gained more support in the border towns than he had during the 2016 election, losing to Biden by only 5%. One area did however make the switch. Just south of Laredo and north of the Valley, Zapata County flipped red for the first time in years, making national headlines.
The shift in support for Trump was seen in the form of organized caravan and Trump parades taking place leading up to the election. Such support was not seen in 2016.
Feelings about Trump have fluctuated in the Valley, where the Hispanic population accounts for more than 90% of 1.3 million residents in the area. With close proximity to Mexico, many residents are immigrants or are second- or third-generation Mexican-Americans. Trump's immigration policies have hit home for some in the RGV.
Trump's legacy before and after holding office included him calling Mexicans rapists, separating families at the border and his attempt to end the Dreamers program, which protects illegal immigrants who crossed into the U.S. as children.
On the other side of the coin, it is also a place where the gap between those who have a college education compared to the state—and country—as a whole is more than 15 percentage points. It's common for Valley residents to work at oil refineries, and many support Trump for his views on the oil and gas industry, which employs them and helps put food on the table for their families. Another industry vibrant in the Valley is the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol Agency.
@CaslerNoel There are two Border Patrol stations...stations, not just checkpoints...near Alamo, Texas. BP loves Tru… https://t.co/ifMUAzJRqC— Cherie Bozoudes (@Cherie Bozoudes) 1610332284.0
This visit from Trump, however, is being met with resistance on social media. Across the nation, the Republican party is facing a division caused by Trump, who incited his supporters to storm the U.S. Capitol. Some are shifting their support away from him after the incident.
@CityofAlamo Please do everything in your power to discourage Trump from soiling our community on January 12. Stop… https://t.co/CC3TKCD0Z1— KahokFan99 (@KahokFan99) 1610322084.0
I wasn't aware of such planned visit from a president to the RGV. It it said that Trump will visit the Valley on T… https://t.co/NygLLMWZzo— Elizabeth M. (@Elizabeth M.) 1610386395.0
Trump visiting the RGV (Alamo, TX, not The Alamo) is a slap in the face to every single person that has been denied… https://t.co/nUHxhhE1FM— Jenn Longoria (@Jenn Longoria) 1610325456.0
Valley Central reports Hidalgo Democratic Party Chair Norma Ramirez is concerned about Trump's visit amid a growing number of coronavirus cases. But Hidalgo County Republican Chair Adrienne Peña said his visit will be a positive thing for the community.
Austin police are investigating the killing of Moriah "Mo" Wilson after she was found with gunshot wounds inside an Austin home.
Wilson, a gravel and mountain bike racer, was visiting Austin from Colorado in preparation for the Gravel Locos race on Saturday taking place in Hico, a small town 2 hours from Austin.
On Wednesday, her roommate came home and found Wilson unresponsive with "a lot of blood near her,” police said. It is now being investigated as a suspicious death. No further information on the suspect or motive behind the killing are available at this time.
Wilson recently had become a full-time biker after winning a slew of races in the past year.
Some of your favorite Instagram filters can’t be used in Texas anymore and Austinites are sounding off on social media.
Meta, Facebook and Instagram’s parent company, announced on Wednesday that certain filters would no longer be available in Texas.
The change is a result of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s lawsuit against Meta, alleging the company uses facial recognition technology that violates laws in Texas. A release from Meta says it stopped using facial recognition tech in November 2021 and denies Paxton’s allegations.
Some Austinites bemoaned the shift, saying some of their favorite filters were now unavailable.
This was my FAVORITE filter on @instagram and they done removed it cause I’m in Texas ! Like wowwwwww pic.twitter.com/uX60hdIC0Q
— Pinkyy Montana (@inkstar_pinkyy) May 11, 2022
i heard that instagram filters got banned in texas? what the actual fuck y’all better give me my favorite filter back
— lia 🤍 (@liatootrill) May 11, 2022
loved this stupid filter sm i hate texas pic.twitter.com/DXr9mmUc64
— birthday boy jeno 🎂 (@beabtox) May 12, 2022
But more often than not, locals joked about the ban.
Texas women seeing the filter ban on IG pic.twitter.com/yDMcP3Qtsr
— Christian (Anabolic) Flores (@christian_flo24) May 11, 2022
So, the state of Texas has banned filter use on IG? THE END IS NEAR. 😂
— THE FRANCHISE! Франшиза (@NYCFranchise718) May 12, 2022
And some in-between chose to show off some natural beauty.
I live in Texas, but no filter needed. 😉 pic.twitter.com/A6teRgYMKn
— bad and bruja (@starseedmami) May 11, 2022
filter, no filter..texas women still reign supreme.
— 🎍 (@_sixile) May 11, 2022
Finally, some are trying to cash in on the opportunity.
Texas IG users- if you want to filter your picture cashapp me $1.50 $ErvnYng
— Gemini (@ervn_y) May 11, 2022
Meta said it plans to create an opt-in system for both Texas and Illinois residents, who are facing the same issues.