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OBP006089

ISSUE / BRIEFING TOPIC:

EIS open forum meeting in Brownsville, Texas….RGV Sector 12/12/08

DESIRED OUTCOME:

Give an overview of the meeting

BACKGROUND:

More than 100 protestors and supporters of the proposed border fence turned out at the Brownsville Events Center Wednesday.

A small group of supporters with an American flag were staged outside by the front door and were interviewed by the local media.

Among the crowd were Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr.,Brownsville City Manager Charles Cabler, and Mayor Patricio Ahumada

Media outlets were present and interviewed several attendees. Among them were Channel 4, ABC National from Houston, and the Rio Grande Guardian.

The Rio Grande Guardian was attempting to identify members of the SRT team to no avail. Their identities were not divulged

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Additionally, a newspaper reporter from D.F. Mexico was granted an interview in Spanish.

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provided the Guardian an interview.

Brownsville Police Department had 20 uniformed patrolmen on duty.

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4 of the Brownsville PD Officers were posted inside.

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There were no incidents reported by Brownsville PD or BP SRT.

At approximately 2000 hours, interest and attendance dwindled to the point where all stakeholders began making preparations to conclude the meeting.

Please see attached AAR from RGV Sector