Today, Congressman Silvestre Reyes (D-Texas) sent a letter to UT Chancellor Dr. Francisco Cigarroa expressing his disappointment with the Chancellor's latest decision to cancel the Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. sporting event. Congressman Reyes also requested that the UT Administration reverse its decision immediately and invited the UT Chancellor and the UT Board of Regents to visit El Paso. Below is a statement from Congressman Reyes:
"El Paso is the safest large city of over 500,000 in the country. In El Paso--we pride ourselves in hosting large functions, dignitaries, heads of state, and ambassadors. I am disappointed with the UT Administration's decision to cancel the Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. sporting event and have contacted UT Chancellor Dr. Francisco G. Cigarroa to express my concern. During my conversation with Dr. Cigarroa, I suggested our local law enforcement agencies, the El Paso County Sherriff's Office and the El Paso City Police Department, meet with the UT System Police-Office of the Director of Police to address any concerns Dr. Cigarroa may have in regards to hosting the sporting event in El Paso. I have also reached out to the El Paso Intelligence Center and asked for a threat assessment of the City of El Paso. Finally, I asked Dr. Cigarroa that he reverse his decision immediately. I have an open invitation to all the UT Board of Regents and Dr. Cigarroa to visit El Paso so they can see for themselves the beauty and life of our great and safe city."