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Joaquin Castro Deceived By Hidden Backlog Of Mail

San Antonio General Mail Facility on Perrin Beitel Road/KTSA Photo-Elizabeth Ruiz

SAN ANTONIO (KTSA News / Elizabeth Ruiz) – Congressman Joaquin Castro toured the San Antonio General Mail facility in the Northeast Side Wednesday after receiving complaints about recent delays in mail delivery.

“Folks have said that their business packages are delayed or they tried to pay bills and those checks weren’t received, and so now they’re having to pay late fees,” said Castro.

The U.S. Representative for the 20th Congressional District says he’s also heard complaints about medicines being delayed, including his own mother, who has diabetes.

Castro, a Democrat, blames the delays on recent cost-cutting measures, which included the removal of 6 mail-sorting machines in San Antonio. He believes those actions were politically motivated with the intention of delaying mail-in ballots. President Trump claims that mail-in ballots increase the potential for voter fraud.

“The Postmaster General was a mega donor to the President, and the President has been very hostile towards the Postal Service and toward mail-in voting,” Castro told reporters outside the mail facility on Perrin Beitel Road.

Following an outcry, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy reversed course this week and suspended planned changes until after the November Election. However, Castro said that the six mail-sorting machines that were recently scrapped remained offline when he toured the San Antonio General Mail Facility Wednesday afternoon.

“We’re going to take this up with the Postmaster General because obviously, it’s not just an issue for San Antonio–it’s an issue for other parts of the country as well.”

But the story doesn’t end there.

Following Castro’s visit to the Post Office and unbeknownst to him, the San Antonio Express News spoke to Carlos Barrios, clerk craft director at the plant who later said mail handlers were directed to remove large piles of mail before Castro’s visit in an effort to deceive the congressman.

“This mail has been sitting there for weeks and weeks out…So rather than show Castro when he comes in and he sees the cluster there, it’s best to not even have it there. So they moved it and they transported the majority of that to the north dock, where they were put on a trailer so they can be sent to Austin.”

Barrios added, “They played (Castro) for a fool.”