Vice President Mike Pence to Visit Texas for Border Tour, Fundraising

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Vice President Mike Pence addresses the Republican Governors Association at a meeting in Austin on Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017.

Bob Daemmrich for the Texas Tribune

Vice President Mike Pence addresses the Republican Governors Association at a meeting in Austin on Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017.

Vice President Mike Pence is coming to Texas this weekend to tour the state's border with Mexico and raise money for fellow Republicans.

Pence is set to arrive Friday morning in San Antonio, where he will first attend a fundraiser for Trump Victory, a group that benefits President Donald Trump's re-election campaign and the Republican National Committee.

Pence will then travel to McAllen to see the border with U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, according to his office. In McAllen, he also will meet with local law enforcement and participate in an immigration roundtable with U.S. Customs and Border Protection. U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), will accompany Pence on the border tour, according to a White House official.

On Saturday, the trip will take Pence to Dallas, where he will start his day with an appearance at a tax reform event hosted by America First Policies, an advocacy group affiliated with the pro-Trump super PAC America First Action. At the morning gathering, Pence is expected to tout the GOP tax overhaul that Trump signed into law last year, along with U.S. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta, Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and two Republican Dallas congressmen: Jeb Hensarling and Pete Sessions.

Also in Dallas, Pence is set to star at a fundraiser for Protect the House, a joint fundraising committee boosting vulnerable GOP members of Congress. The effort, which also involves the National Republican Congressional Committee, is being spearheaded by Pence and U.S. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California, who is expected to attend the Dallas event in addition to Sessions and Hensarling.

Pence will end his day in Dallas with a previously announced appearance at the Dallas County GOP's Reagan Day Dinner, where he will be the keynote speaker.

 

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