U.S. Rep. Roger Williams, R-Austin, paid a visit to Alvarado on Thursday, discussing school safety, taxes, border security and more during the Alvarado Chamber of Commerce luncheon.
This month’s meeting was held at Motor Home Specialist
“I’m glad to be with all of you today,” he said. “As you can see, I have my [purple] Alvarado Indian tie on today.”
Williams thanked guests for attending the luncheon, and discussed some of his favorite things to do in the area.
“The [Cleburne] Railroaders, I was there the other night and you need to go see them play,” he said. “There’s a lot of history there and it’s a lot of young guys trying to get where they want to be. They really play hard.”
Williams, who owns an automobile dealership in Weatherford, said he prides himself in being the voice in Congress of small business owners across America.
“I’m one of the few people on either side of the aisle that still owns a business in Congress,” he said. “My family is celebrating their 79th year in business this year and my third generation is running my business. So, I am a main street guy like all of you are.
“I understand how important it to be able to employ people, put them to work to sell something and make a profit and be reinvested back in the community. So, I think you have somebody to represent you that — I feel the pain, I feel the good sometimes, — but I will always be fighting for main street America.”
One issue Williams strongly discussed was security at the border.
“We have a serious issue at the border,” he said. “And if anybody, regardless of what party they are, tells you it’s a made up crisis they’re nuts. You don’t even need to go down there, you can see it on TV. But, you need to go down there to see it.”
Williams encouraged guests to pray every day for border patrol.
“These men and women are overwhelmed like you cannot imagine, and they are doing the best they can,” he said. “I have always been supportive, but we need more boots on the ground and we do need barriers. And barriers can be more than brick and mortar. It’s boots on the ground. It’s technology. It’s a lot of things.”
He said the United States needs to protect its sovereignty.
“Everybody you see on TV that’s trying to come to America — I get it,” he said. “And I want everyone of them to realize the American dream. But I want them to realize the American dream legally.
“Throwing rocks and burning flags and yelling obscenities at our soldiers is not the way to come into America. And America is the greatest country in the world, without a doubt, and that’s why they want to come. But we do need help from our bordering nation, Mexico.
“We’re seeing a little better help now since President [Donald] Trump, they’ve had some conversations and so forth. But the border along Central America is where it needs to be addressed.”
Williams said he has seen border control in action.
“I will tell you, if you go down to the border you’ll be amazed,” he said. “These people are not in cages. We are a compassionate nation. They are getting food; in many cases three meals a day. They are getting clothes. They’re getting a shower a day. So, we are trying to do the right thing. But it’s a tragedy and that’s why we need to eventually help the countries create an economy so they don’t need to come over here.”
Williams said the money being spent on border security, could be spent on homeless veterans.
“Who brings the homeless veterans up for crying out loud?” he said. “We’ve got people who want to knock the fence down, but how about the homeless vets we need to take care of? So, these are the challenges we have and what we need to think about.”