WAXAHACHIE

The Ellis County Courthouse had a visitor from Washington on Tuesday as Congressman Ron Wright came and shook hands with commissioners, staff members and county judge Todd Little.

Wright visited the county judge’s office Tuesday morning to discuss ongoing legislative issues that are impacting Ellis County. One such issue is the Texas Central Railway, which is a high-speed bullet train line that would stretch over 239 miles from Houston to Dallas. County Court at Law One Judge Jim Chapman previously struck down a summary judgment order from TCR in February.

“That’s an issue that’s important to Ellis County citizens and property owners as it relates to their land rights,” Little expressed.

Wright stated that he’s signed a letter of intent with Congressman Kevin Brady, House Chair of the Ways and Means Committee, opposing the high-speed rail. However, they’re facing a competing letter from Dallas Congressman Marc Veasey in support of the development.

“If there’s any way I can stop it, I will,” Wright expressed. “But I’m just one congressman.”

The judge and congressman also spoke on illegal immigration and the effect undocumented immigrants have on the county. Little observed the influx of immigrants that came into the Lakeview Camp and Retreat Center, back when a temporary immigrant shelter was opened at the center in 2015.

“In the past, we’ve had almost 2,000 migrant kids stay at one of our camps two or three years ago,” Little remarked. “There are 1,000 people a day coming across our border. If we can’t turn them back, where are they all going?”

Wright echoed a similar sentiment, stating that he traveled to the southern border last month and witnessed the issues alongside the border up-close. According to a media release, the border patrol apprehended 100,000 undocumented immigrants in the month of March, putting them on track to hit one million apprehensions by the end of the year.

“It is an emergency,” Wright added. “It is a humanitarian crisis. Congress has to take action – because that’s the only way it’s going to get resolved.”

Little thanked Wright for stopping by the office and for advocating for the needs of Ellis County.

“I’m very thankful for him being interested in Ellis County,” Little stated. “We’ve got a good relationship with the Congressman.”

To contact Wright’s office, go online at wright.house.gov.