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Wendy Davis Responds to Greg Abbott's Divisive "Third World" Remarks

by: Katie Singh

Sun Feb 09, 2014 at 04:30 PM CST

Greg Abbott made news earlier this week for comparing the Rio Grande Valley to a "third-world country" while unveiling his new border security proposal. In his remarks, he said that corruption in South Texas resembled that of a third-world nation, and proposed a "continuous surge" of state troopers to the border region.

Abbott's xenophobic attitude toward a region that is home to millions of Latinos, as well as his proposal to further militarize the border, rightfully elicited a major backlash from many Texas progressives. They pointed out how alienating Abbott's rhetoric was, especially given his history of hostility toward Latinos.

Today, Wendy Davis responded to Abbott's comments in a letter published in The Monitor. In her letter, Davis called on Abbott to apologize and promised that as governor she "will fight to expand opportunity for all Texans."

Read Wendy Davis's full letter after the jump.

Dear Monitor Editor:

I wholeheartedly agree with the Feb. 7 Monitor editorial, "Third-world implications." I join you in calling for Attorney Gen. Greg Abbott to apologize for his offensive and erroneous comment that problems facing South Texas resemble "third-world country practices that erode the social fabric of our communities and destroys Texans' trust in government."

Abbott's comparison of activities in South Texas to those of a "third-world" country is untrue, hurts our state, harms economic development in our border communities and won't help the hardworking Texas families who live there.

Greg Abbott said he'd double the amount of spending for DPS border security. While I agree we should ensure that law enforcement has the necessary resources throughout our state, it's unfortunate that oftentimes the conversation around our border communities focuses solely on enforcement. Our state needs leadership that is grounded in facts and is ready to open up new opportunities with trade and commerce which currently support hundreds of thousands of jobs in Texas. If we're going to spend more money on the border, let's work to reduce wait times at our ports of entry and create more jobs for Texas.

Instead of using divisive rhetoric, as governor I will fight to expand opportunity for all Texans. Last month at Texas State Technical College in Harlingen, I was proud to announce my plan to help Texas students get to college and graduate. And I was proud to visit with students and educators at the University of Texas at Brownsville. Greg Abbott's only plan for Texas education has been to defend $5 billion in cuts to neighborhood schools. That's wrong for our border communities, and wrong for all of Texas.

As governor, I will fight to increase educational opportunities, create jobs, and support our veterans in every part of our state. Because, despite what Greg Abbott may say, we're proud of Texas, and we know it's worth our time, energy, and dedication to make it even greater.

State Sen. Wendy Davis,
Fort Worth

Wendy Davis's letter to the editor can be found in The Monitor here.

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Since Abbott's comments will do nothing to help him politically among South Texas Latinos, one has to assume that this is the beginning of a campaign to seriously ratchet up voter suppression, particularly in that region.

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