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Deputy Chief of U.S. Border Patrol will be a special guest at President Trump's State of the Union

Posted at 12:16 PM, Feb 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-04 13:16:05-05

A Texas Deputy Chief will be one of several special guests who will join President Trump for the President's third State of the Union.

Deputy Chief Raul Ortiz from Del Rio, Texas will be present at the State of the Union.

He is responsible for all Border Patrol operations in 41 Texas counties, including 210 miles of border between the U.S. and Mexico.

Prior to joining U.S. Border Patrol in 1991, Ortiz served in the U.S. Army.

Ortiz was promoted to Deputy Chief of U.S. Border Patrol in 2019, becoming the second in command for more than 20,000 agents and staff.

His awards include the Superior Civilian Service Medal, among the Department of Defense’s highest civilian honors.

Trump's annual address to Congress comes amid an impeachment battle which he is poised to win, the worldwide outbreak of a deadly disease, heightened tensions with Iran, a booming economy and an impending presidential election.

With a presidential election coming up in 2020, Trump will likely continue to champion one of his signature issues: a cap on immigration. Just last month, Trump received a favorable ruling from an appeals court that would allow him to use military funds to construct a border wall on the U.S.-Mexican border. While legal hurdles remain before the funds are cleared, the ruling was a win for the Trump administration.

The State of the Union will begin at 9 p.m. ET in the Capitol Building. Here are some topics Trump may discuss during the address: