The call for Brownsville City Commissioner Cesar De Leon’s resignation came two weeks after leaked audio recording of De Leon’s racist and derogatory comments towards the Cameron County District Attorney’s office, his local community, and fellow city commissioners. Several petitions have been created around his resignation, with the most popular being published by attorney Michael Cowen in Sunday’s The Brownsville Herald having over three hundred signatures demanding his resignation.

Some local and state elected officials have even signed the petition including Cameron County Judge Eddie Treviño Jr., State Rep. Eddie Lucio III (D-Brownsville), Cameron County Sheriff Omar Lucio, and Texas Southmost College Board of Trustee’s Vice Chairman Trey Mendez.

However, Brownsville Commissioners have yet to publicly censure De Leon’s actions and aren’t asking for his resignation.

Brownsville residents and groups such as Citizens Against Voter Abuse organized a protest on Tuesday at 5 pm in front of Brownsville City Hall demanding De Leon’s resignation before Brownsville City Commissioners’ meeting at 6 pm. During his public apology, he states he’s committed to serving the people of Brownsville and refuses to resign. 

Cameron County Judge Eddie Treviño stated that during his tenure they will continue “ to make everyone feel welcome in Cameron County and racist and derogatory comments by any community ‘leader’ will be condemned and not tolerated.” In a press release Treviño further adds, “I believe that anyone who is a racist or uses racist comments should not be a public servant.”

Earlier that Tuesday morning, Cameron County Commissioners passed a resolution condemning De Leon for the “racist and derogatory comments he expressed regarding African Americans and Mexicans and to disassociate the citizens of Brownsville and Cameron County with his remarks.”

The resolution reads:

Whereas, his remarks were aimed at employees that work for Cameron County in the office of the District Attorney; and

Whereas, we stand together with Cameron County employees and the rest of Cameron County family in condemning these remarks by Mr. de Leon; and

Whereas, the Commissioner’s Court is concerned and alarmed that these types of remarks can lead to the continued display of racism here locally as we have seen recently around the country; and

Whereas, Cameron County condemns the remarks and any remarks that espouse racism, discrimination, and xenophobia in our society and should not be tolerated…

The future of Commissioner De Leon looks bleak in Cameron County.

Miriam Cepeda

Miriam Cepeda is the Rio Grande Valley Bureau Chief for Texas Scorecard. A second-generation Mexican American, she is both fluent in English and Spanish and has been influential in grassroots organizing and conservative engagement within Hispanic communities. If you don’t find her “Trumping”, you can find her saving animals, running her dog, hiking the Andes, or volunteering with the U.S. National Park Service.


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