US border agents have pulled out of Trump’s Texas campaign event

Trump on the campaign trail.
Trump on the campaign trail.
Image: Reuters/Jim Young
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Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump is due to visit Laredo, Texas today (July 23), where he planned to tour the US-Mexico border and was expected to expand on his controversial views on immigration. But while Trump may still be heading to Laredo, his border tour has been cancelled.

The union representing US border agents in the region said in a statement that its members have decided to pull out of all events involving Trump, due to concerns that it could be viewed as an endorsement of his candidacy:

As Local 2455, our intentions to meet with Mr. Trump was to provide a “Boots on the Ground” perspective to not only Mr. Trump, but to the media that would be in attendance at this event. Just to be clear, an endorsement was never discussed for any presidential candidate. Local 2455 does not endorse candidates for any political office.

For these reasons,Local 2455 will not participate in any events with Mr. Trump.

The statement is signed by Hector Garza, president of local chapter of the union, which is part of the larger AFL-CIO labor group. Garza had originally extended the invite to  Trump.

The Trump campaign announced that it will still be holding a campaign event in Laredo.