Welcome to this edition of the El Paso News Week in Review for the week of January 13, 2023. This week’s headlines were led by the president’s visit to El Paso and the arrest of two public officials. Remember that Week in Review is available in three formats: as a video, as a podcast an in print.
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On Sunday Joe Biden stopped in El Paso on his way to Mexico City to meet with the presidents of Canada and México. While in El Paso, Biden met privately with Greg Abbot for a few minutes before going on to tour the border wall, the Bridge of the Americas and an empty migrant processing center.
Biden was accompanied in his four-hour tour of El Paso by Veronica Escobar, Ricardo Samaniego and Oscar Leeser. However, according to migrant activists, migrants had been taken off the streets for Biden’s visit, according to a “night watch” group formed at the Sacred Heart Church. According to the activists, Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) rounded up the migrants before the president’s visit.
In other local news, two public officials were arrested this week.
The first is former El Paso Police Officer Ron Martin and the former president of the El Paso Police Officers Association. Martin was booked into jail on January 5 on misusing money charges. Martin has bonded out of jail while he awaits his trial. Martin ran for sheriff in 2020.
In the other arrest, San Elizario mayor, Isela Reyes was arrested on Tuesday by sheriff’s detectives on insurance fraud charges. The charges stem from activities before she became mayor. No word yet if Reyes has bonded out of jail.
In national news, it took the Republican-led Congress 15 votes to elect Kevin McCarthy as the Speaker of the House. McCarthy was elected during early morning hours of Saturday.
And that is our report for the week of January 13. Thank you for joining us.
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