Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick shared his take on Beto O’Rourke’s “political stunt” at Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s press conference Wednesday following the tragic shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde on “The Ingraham Angle.”
“I could never imagine that on this day when we were there to not only disseminate information and learn more, but were there to be with these families that he would pull such a political stunt,” Patrick said. “You know, I thought and I said in my comments after he finally left, that can’t we have just one day, one week, one month of us all coming together for these children that’s not a political stunt, not partisan politics?”
“Where’s our humanity? And what we found out is Beto O’Rourke was more interested in his political ambitions than he was about these families. And that’s what I think was really the tragedy of his behavior,” Patrick noted. “It showed he really didn’t care about these people and that’s what we were there for.”
During O’Rourke’s political stunt, Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin yelled, “[Y]ou’re a sick son of a b—- that would come to a deal like this to make a political issue.”
Someone in the audience yelled at O’Rourke “get the f— out of here” with another male voice booming,” Uvalde doesn’t deserve your nonsense and we don’t want you here.”
On the Fox News “Hannity” program Mayor McLaughlin said it is “too important” in the aftermath of tragedy to properly reflect, and allow public officials to provide grieving families the information they need without political histrionics.
“That was not the time and place to have that discussion. If he wants to have that discussion, that’s fine. But today at that conference was not the time or place to do that,” he said.
“My heart is broken for these families that lost these children… but that’s the problem. Every time we have one of these, it’s a political deal. What happened to the grown men that we elected to represent us in Congress?”
A joint statement by Texas Governor Greg Abbott and National Border Patrol Council (NBPC) President Brandon Judd released Thursday, May 12, 2022, attacked the Biden Administration for providing baby formula to illegal immigrant holding facilities as American parents scramble amid a nationwide shortage of the product.
“Children are our most vulnerable, precious Texans and deserve to be put first. Yet, President Biden has turned a blind eye to parents across America who are facing the nightmare of a nationwide baby formula shortage.”
“While mothers and fathers stare at empty grocery store shelves in a panic, the Biden Administration is happy to provide baby formula to illegal immigrants coming across our southern border. This is yet another one in a long line of reckless, out-of-touch priorities from the Biden Administration when it comes to securing our border and protecting Americans.”
“Our children deserve a president who puts their needs and survival first – not one who gives critical supplies to illegal immigrants before the very people he took an oath to serve.”
Georgia Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene (MTG) also delivered remarks about Biden’s failures with the continual food security and pricing crisis.
Greene identifies the origin and outcome of stress within the supply chain caused by government intervention into the overall system. MTG then notes that FDA rules and regulations make supply interruptions worse.
Additionally, in the background of the federal DHS and HHS contracts for food products, including baby food/formula, most of those federal contracts contain a ‘first right‘ or ‘prioritized continuity‘ provision, creating a distribution outcome (via contractual mandate) where illegal aliens end up with preferential allocation.
Crime across the United States continues to soar as Joe Biden acts like the COVID-19 virus is smart enough to realize when to turn itself off at the southern border or on in an airplane.
The Biden Border Crisis is flagrantly designed to go against the first duty of a real American president–the national security of the United States.
🔹Border Agents apprehended almost one quarter of a million (221,303) illegal aliens in the month of March, 2022.
🔹This is a 28% increase from the 173,277 illegals apprehended in March 2021. Biden, who is in the White House (when he is not in Delaware) due to massive election and voting fraud, has yet to visit the Border.
🔹Because of President Donald J. Trump’s historical immigration policies, by March 2020 the number of Border apprehensions was 34,460.
Following the Barack Obama-George Soros plan, puppet Biden, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, and the CDC intend to end Title 42 at the border.
Former acting ICE director Tom Homan notes the hypocrisy from Biden and Mayorkas who continuously criticize the Trump administration for “inhumane methods” of border security with little regard for America’s health and safety. Homan revealed that more migrants have died because of Biden’s policies and neglect. He cites the opioid crisis and the record numbers in the amounts of fentanyl coming across the border.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott caused a stir within liberal media and the Biden Administration last week by:
🔹beginning the busing of illegal immigrants caught in Texas to Washington DC,
🔹implementing the inspection of every single commercial vehicle at ports of entry to combat human trafficking and drug cartels.
🔹worked with Arizona, California, and New Mexico to sign agreements with Abbott to coordinate on illegal migration.
These four border states expect massive waves of migrants from around the world because of Biden’s rejection of Title 42 in May, 2022. Border Agents, state troopers and other law enforcement will be hit hard at ports of entry, throughout the Rio Grande, deserts and in rural border areas.
“They’re overwhelmed,” stated John Katko (R-NY), who is the ranking member of the House Homeland Security Committee. “They’re going to lose complete operational control of the border, if and when that surge happens.”
“Everyone, including Homeland Secretary Mayorkas, understands that a surge is coming after Title 42 is gone,” Katko revealed.
The Biden Administration knows there are too few local or state resources–funds and law enforcement-to maintain border security.
There are not enough resources, either in personnel or funds, for law enforcement to handle the Biden border crisis. Border towns and cities are without enough resources to manage the situation.
Cartels, aware of the booming opportunities handed to them by the destructive forces within the US government, are able to greatly increase human and illegal drug trafficking. Biden has purposefully created a humanitarian crisis.
The Biden Border Crisis is flagrantly designed to go against the first duty of a real American president–the national security of the United States.
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Governor Greg Abbott is currently meeting with local emergency crews and fire fighters in Medina and Bandera Counties in lieu of significant fires in the region that remain under Red Flag Alert.
Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) Chief Nim Kidd tells us the Lone Star State has been experiencing many grassfires due to lack of rain, low humidity and gusty winds.
At least a dozen counties are currently under disaster declarations, with more expected by Gov. Abbott after his visit to the Medina Lake area today.
Fire officials are warning nearby residents to remain aware of fire development and be prepared to leave quickly if they receive an evacuation order.
As of 3 p.m. (CST), a large brush fire south of Medina Lake more than doubled in size since Saturday. It is now up to 1,062 acres (30% contained) fire officials report.
Medina County officials are monitoring to determine if more evacuations will be necessary Sunday evening and Monday.
“It’s always a good idea in these situations to have a ‘bugout bag’ prepared and in the car or near the exit of each home,” Kidd advised.
“Be sure to preplan your escape routes to leave early as possible as it is far safer than to be slowed down or trapped due to others evacuating at the last minute.”
Mandatory evacuations have been issued for this weekend with shelters provided for residents near the area.
The fire began Friday night and has continued into Sunday. Fire crews will maintain their operations overnight to bring the blaze under control.
People are advised to remain clear of the area. Smoke will likely remain visible from San Antonio and can directly impact the air quality near Medina Lake, Bandera, Pipe Creek, Boerne, Comfort, Medina, Centerpoint, Camp Verde and Kerrville.
Immediate Areas of Fire Management concern:
East of County Road 271
West of the Medina River
South of F.M. 1283
County Roads 2651 and 2652
The town of Mico
Shelters are available at the following locations:
Loma Alta Middle School (266 County Road 381 South)
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton released a formal attorney general opinion concluding that performing certain “sex-change” procedures on children, and prescribing puberty-blockers to them, is “child abuse” under Texas law.
The holding comes at a critical time when more and more Texans are seeing the horrors that flow from the merging of medicine and misguided ideology.
Specifically, the opinion concludes that certain procedures done on minors such as castration, fabrication of a “penis” using tissue from other body parts, fabrication of a “vagina” involving the removal of male sex organs, prescription of puberty-suppressors and infertility-inducers, and the like are all “abuse” under section 261.001 of the Texas Family Code.
“There is no doubt that these procedures are ‘abuse’ under Texas law, and thus must be halted,” said Attorney General Paxton. “The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) has a responsibility to act accordingly. I’ll do everything I can to protect against those who take advantage of and harm young Texans.”
This opinion comes after Attorney General Paxton opined in an October 2019 letter to DFPS, stating that the “transition” of James Younger—the biological male son of Jeff Younger—to a “female” through puberty-blocking drugs, among other things, was “abuse” under at least three definitions set out in the Family Code, and that DFPS, therefore, had an independent duty to investigate.
The opinion also follows Gov. Abbott’s August 2021 letter to DFPS requesting a determination of “whether genital mutilation of a child for purposes of gender transitioning through reassignment surgery constitutes child abuse.”
The Commissioner of DFPS replied that “genital mutilation of a child through reassignment surgery is child abuse.”
During his 2020 presidential campaign, Joe Biden signaled support for children as young as 8 years old being able to change their genders.
Later, in agreement with the extreme far-left progressive movement, he nominated Dr. Rachel Levine, who identifies as a transgender woman, to be the United States assistant secretary for health.
During Levine’s confirmation hearing, the health official refused to rule out allowing a child to override parental consent in pursuit of hormone therapy or sex-change surgery.
“… be vigilant and communicate frequently with my office before you proceed with accepting or applying for federal funding opportunities.”
Recently, Texas Governor Greg Abbott warned all state agencies to scrutinize any funding agreements or contracts to “carefully assess their implications” in preparation for the $1 trillion congressional infrastructure bill possibilities.
“Should the acceptance of any federal funds hinder or needlessly constrain the state, commit the state to ongoing costs for which there is not an appropriation available, or require an agency to implement a federal policy contrary to the law or policy of this state, the agreement proposed by the federal agency should not be signed,” Abbott’s letter reads.
“Please be vigilant and communicate frequently with my office before you proceed with accepting or applying for federal funding opportunities.”
The warning comes on the heels of unanswered questions about the attached strings tied to the federal coronavirus aid, specifically whether recipients must adhere to “all other applicable federal statutes, regulations, and executive orders” from the federal government.
The funding is intended to finance “drinking-water infrastructure, broadband access, transportation, airports, and more.”
What do Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, Commentators Sean Hannity, Mark Levin, Charlie Kirk and Ben Shapiro, Lt. Col. Allen West, Dr. James Dobson, Florida Senator Mark Rubio, Texas Congressman Chip Roy, Ben Carson, Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert Governor and Governor Mike Huckabee have in common?
They all support a Convention of the States to fix an out of touch and overspending Washington DC.
America needs 34 states for a Convention of States Resolution, to call for a limiting of federal power, spending, and terms of office.
Currently, 16 states have now joined the call: Georgia, Alaska, Florida, Alabama, Tennessee, Indiana, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arizona, North Dakota, Texas, Missouri, Arkansas, Utah, Mississippi, and Wisconsin.
“Thank goodness our Constitution has given the states and the people a framework to step in and save the Republic when Congress will not. Today we sent a message that Wisconsin stands ready to rein in federal overreach,” said Wisconsin State Senator Kathy Bernier following the Badger State joining the first 15.
“Times like these are precisely why the Founders created the mechanisms in Article V,” agreed Wisconsin State Representative Dan Knodl. “Federal overreach has thrown our country into chaos, and it’s time for the states to exercise their authority as granted to them in the constitution to restore order, states’ rights, and limited, constitutional government. I’m incredibly proud that our state has officially thrown its support behind this movement.”
Senators in Nebraska are expected to take their final vote on the COS Resolution in a matter of days.
Once 34 states apply for a convention to propose amendments on the same issue (i.e., limiting the power and jurisdiction of the federal government), Article V requires Congress to name the place and the time for the convention. If it fails to exercise this power reasonably, either the courts or the states themselves can override Congressional inaction.
The coalition of Americans who have joined the Convention of States Action group indicate they have “built robust teams in all 50 states, some of which are tens of thousands of patriots strong.”
“Washington, D.C., is broken. The federal government is spending this country into the ground, seizing power from the states and taking liberty from the people,” the group emphasizes. “It’s time American citizens took a stand and made a legitimate effort to curb the power and jurisdiction of the federal government.The Founders gave us a tool to fix Washington, D.C. We must use it before it is too late.”
Many of their members and teams have secured a local or state elected position in various states. Some of the most noteworthy achievements include:
In Virginia, COS District Captain Karen Greenhalgh won a race against an incumbent candidate for a seat in Virginia’s House of Delegates.
In New Jersey, Convention of States Petition signer Edward Durr shocked the nation in 2021 when he ousted the longtime president of the New Jersey state senate, Steve Sweeney. .
In Texas, State Director Shelby Williams won a seat on the Plano City Council in 2019. Initially faced with two opponents, Shelby gained enough grassroots support to prevent the well-known incumbent from garnering the 50% of votes required to win outright in the May 4th election, thereby triggering a run-off election. Though ending 2.5 points behind on May 4th, in the final June 8th vote, Shelby pulled ahead to a 53-47% victory.
In Ohio, Mike Carey won a seat in Ohio’s 15th Congressional District on Nov 4, 2021, replacing resigned Rep. Steve Stivers. Mike signed the COS petition at the Madison County, Ohio county fair in July 2021.
In Wisconsin, former COS State Director Tom Peters was elected to the County Board in Brown County.
In Minnesota, John Heinrich won his election thanks in large part to Convention of States volunteers. In 2018, Heinrich faced four challengers in the primary, two of whom were against a Convention of States and two of whom were noncommittal.
Led by Governor Greg Abbott, Texas has been expediting action and building processes to secure the southern border despite the inaction and bureaucratic roadblocks of the Biden Administration’s inaction.
Biden-Harris open-border policies have led to a humanitarian crisis as record levels of illegal immigrants, drugs, and contraband pour into Texas.
As of January 5, 2022, $55,153,155 has been raised by donations from around the U.S. to build the Wall that current White House Resident Joe Biden ceased.
On June 16, 2021, Abbott announced the Texas plan for the border wall and authorized the transfer for $250 million as a down payment to launch construction.
By September, the majority of the preliminary work (design, hire, procurement, surveying, contract negotiations) was near completion and. Abbott signed House Bill 9 into law, providing an additional $1.8 billion in state funding for border security, including border wall construction.
Before Christmas, Abbott traveled to the site of the first phase of construction near Rio Grande City to announce how “the State of Texas has taken comprehensive action to secure our southern border and address the border crisis while President Biden has sat idly by.”
Abbott had “promised Texans that we would step up in the federal government’s absence and build our own border wall. We have wasted no time in the six months since that promise was made, and I am proud to announce that construction of the Texas border wall is now underway. Today not only represents the first phase of the Texas border wall, but it also serves as a major milestone in our efforts to combat illegal immigration, stop the smuggling of drugs and people, and keep our communities safe.”
The State recently gave the order to proceed with the Design-Build Contract NOT-TO-EXCEED $162 million to Posillico Civil, Inc. for a segment of the Texas Border Infrastructure on State-Owned Land (General Land Office).
The status of other actions include:
Signed laws that provide $3 billion in funding for Texas’ border security efforts.
Launching Operation Lone Star and deploying thousands of National Guard soldiers and Department of Public Safety troopers.
Created a system to arrest and jail illegal migrants trespassing or committing other state crimes in Texas.
Signed a budget authorization to build the border wall in Texas.
Signed a law to make it easier to prosecute smugglers bringing people into Texas.
Signed 9 laws cracking down on human trafficking in Texas.
While securing the border is the federal government’s responsibility, Texas will not sit idly by as this crisis grows. Texas is responding with the most robust and comprehensive border plan the nation has ever seen.
Governor Greg Abbott
Signed a law enhancing penalties for the manufacturing and distribution of fentanyl.
Issued an official “disaster declaration” for the border crisis.
Issued an executive order preventing non-governmental entities from transporting illegal immigrants.
As of January 5, 2022: $55,153,155
Abbott and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton have also been taking legal action to enforce the Remain in Mexico and Title 42 policies in Texas.
“The State of Texas is working collaboratively with communities impacted by the border crisis to arrest and detain individuals coming into Texas illegally,” Abbott’s Office announced. “Our efforts will only be effective if we work together to secure the border, make criminal arrests, protect landowners, rid our communities of dangerous drugs, and provide Texans with the support they need and deserve.”
Site preparation work for one segment of the extension to the Lone Star State’s border wall project has visibly begun south of Eagle Pass. Just after New Years Day, work crews were clearing land and surveying property near a truck route leading to the Camino Real International Bridge.
Days before, migrants were crossing through the area that will soon be the site of a several-mile concrete barrier and fence to impede access from the Rio Grande. The site is part of the right-of-way for Texas State Loop 480. The loop parallels the border for several miles and is notorious for migrant traffic.
Governor Greg Abbott indicated last month that several border barriers and fencing projects would begin construction.
“Since Governor Abbott announced the border wall construction strategy last month, the Department of Public Safety has been working with local landowners who consent to temporary fencing constructed on their land by Texas Military Department engineers,” the Governor’s office indicated.
On January 5, 2022, Border Patrol agents apprehended more than 100 mostly Venezuelan nationals in less than one hour near the project’s footprint.
Austin-based Starcom Technical LLC, is performing the site preparation work under contract with Anderson Columbia Construction, Inc.
🔹Prior to the pandemic of 2020, Numbers USA polls showed overwhelming American voter support for construction of the border wall in California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas.
🔹Twenty-seven percent of all voters and 27 percent of Hispanics told the polls that immigration levels should be set at zero. In contrast, just 22 percent of whites said immigration should be set at zero.
🔹These polls also revealed that despite what mainstream media was trying to portray, 77 percent of Hispanics preferred immigration be trimmed to 500,000 people per year, down from the 2016 score of 1.2 million legal immigrants. In comparison, 64 percent of blacks and 58 percent of whites want immigration reformed down to a half-million per year.
In Austin, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton joined a multistate coalition filing an amicus brief in federal court, seeking to prevent Title X funds from being used to subsidize abortions under a rule issued by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
Called the “Final Rule,” this Biden Administration regulation illegally allows funds appropriated under Title X of the Public Health Service Act to be used in programs where abortion is considered a method of family planning.
This is a direct violation of the Public Health Service Act and the Administrative Procedure Act. It unlawfully extends powers to HHS that Congress simply did not give it.
Paxton Responds to Goliad County’s Border Disaster Declaration
On another notable matter, Attorney General Paxton also provided a legal opinion in response to Goliad County Attorney Rob Baiamonte’s request for advice regarding a county judge’s authority to make and terminate a local disaster declaration.
The record-breaking border crossings of illegal aliens has affected several Texas cities to the point they warrant a disaster declaration. In May 2021, Governor Greg Abbott also declared a disaster for counties near the border related to the border crossings that included Goliad County. The local disaster declaration is generally consistent with the Governor’s action.
The Attorney General’s opinion explains the county judge’s authority to declare a local disaster, and the proper role of the commissioner’s court in the extension, termination, or approval of funding for a declared local disaster.
In addition to providing legal opinions to authorized requestors, the Office of Attorney General Ken Paxton also provides disaster counsel to government bodies throughout the State in connection with any disaster, whether local or statewide. An appropriate requestor (a county judge, county commissioner, mayor, or the designated emergency management director of a political subdivision subject to a declared state of disaster) may contact disaster
Texas Governor Abbott’s Executive Order Protects Workers Forced Out
Houston Methodist Hospital may have been bragging they were the first in the nation to force their employees to leave their jobs due the system’s forces COVID vaccine mandates, but their boasting could backfire.
Former Houston Methodist employees, fired or forced to resign for not complying with the system’s experimental vaccination requirements, are now demanding their jobs back after Texas Gov.Greg Abbott issued an executive order banning COVID-19 vaccination mandates, according to Houston Public Media.
The governor’s executive order, issued Oct. 11, bans any entity in Texas, including private employers, from enforcing COVID-19 vaccination mandates.
The order specifically states that “no entity in Texas” can enforce vaccination against anyone, including an employee or consumer, who objects “for any reason of personal conscience, based on a religious belief, or for medical reasons, including prior recovery from COVID-19.”
Jared Woodfill, a prominent Houston attorney representing 153 former Houston Methodist employees who where shown the exit door with the system in June for not complying with its mandate, sent a letter to the system Oct. 12, demanding the workers be rehired.
Houston Methodist President and CEO Marc Boom, MD, said he’s disappointed in the governor’s order and that system leaders are reviewing the order’s implications.
“As the first hospital system in the country to mandate the COVID-19 vaccine for employees and physicians, we are deeply disappointed in the governor’s order that tries to prohibit such mandates,” Dr. Boom gloated in an Oct. 12 statement.
“We are proud of our employees and physicians, who are 100 percent compliant with our vaccine policy,” not bothering to mention over 200 workers (not all sued) were forced out.
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Hospitals in Texas are being aided by more than 8,000 contract workers who’ve been tapped by the state to help short-staffed units facing a surge of patients and fill in vacancies caused by hospitals terminating staff choosing not to get experimental COVID-19 jabs.
The extra staff will help hospitals relieve some front-line workers from grueling workloads as well as expand capacity in a state that’s nearing its winter record for hospitalizations.
Some Texas hospitals have been stepping up their recruiting efforts to compensate for their loss of personnel due to mandates to force employees to take the jabs. It’s backfiring.
Originally, 5,600 medical personnel, made up of mostly nurses and respiratory therapists, were going to aid Texas. However, that number was recently bumped up to 8,100, according to Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s office.
“This operation follows the Governor’s directive on August 9th that DSHS utilize staffing agencies to provide out-of-state medical personnel to Texas health care facilities to mitigate the surge of COVID-19 cases in Texas,” a press release indicated. “The additional deployment of personnel will be fully funded by the state through September 30.”
At the height of the state’s winter surge, nearly 14,000 additional healthcare workers were sent to Texas.