New York city lost over 25,000 people a month between 2020 and 2021 due to dirty politics, strict and questionable COVID mandates and soaring crime. Official counts indicate a total of 305,465 citizens left.
Other Democrat controlled cities experienced similar population losses for that time period:
🔹Los Angeles (-40,537);
🔹Chicago, Illinois (-45,175);
🔹San Jose, California (-27,419);
🔹Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (-24,754);
🔹Dallas, Texas (-14,777);
🔹Houston, Texas (-11,777);
🔹Indianapolis, Indiana (-5,343)
🔹San Diego, California (-3,783);
🔹Nancy Pelosi’s San Francisco lost roughly 6.3% of its population in 2021, the highest-percentage loss of any U.S. city.
Illegal immigration appears to be another cause of citizens leaving.
“While only 4% of all cities and towns had a population of 50,000 or more in 2021, collectively they contained 129.3 million people — nearly 39% of the U.S. population,” said Crystal Delbé, a statistician in the Population Division at the Census Bureau. “On the other hand, of the 19,494 incorporated places in the United States, more than 75% had fewer than 5,000 people.”
Fastest Growing by Percentage
Arizona, Texas, Florida and Idaho all had several places among the 15 fastest-growing cities or towns:
🔹Georgetown, Texas, had the largest growth from July 2020 to July 2021, increasing by 10.5%, a rate of growth which would double the population in less than seven years.
🔹 Leander, Texas (10.1%);
🔹Queen Creek Town, Arizona (8.9%);
🔹Buckeye, Arizona (8.6%);
🔹New Braunfels, Texas (8.3%).
🔹Fort Myers, Florida (6.8%),
🔹Casa Grande, Arizona (6.2%);
🔹Maricopa, Arizona (6.1%);
🔹North Port, Florida (5.5%);
🔹Spring Hill, Tennessee (5.4%);
🔹Goodyear, Arizona (5.4%); an
🔹Port St. Lucie, Florida (5.2%).
🔹Rounding out the list were three suburbs of Boise, Idaho: Meridian (5.2%), Caldwell (5.2%) and Nampa (5.0%).
Population Count Growth by People
🔹San Antonio, Texas, topped the list of the largest numeric gainers with an increase of 13,626 people between 2020 and 2021.
Eight states–Arkansas, Alaska, Florida, Indiana, Missouri, Montana, Oklahoma and Texas–filed a lawsuit Friday against the Biden Administration for its abuse of the Central American Minors (CAM) Refugee and Parole Program.
The CAM program provides certain aliens in the United States the ability to secure protected status after entering the country illegally. Then, the aliens can petition the government to bring in extended family members from Honduras, El Salvador, or Guatemala. There is no authority in federal law for this sort of program.
“The Biden Administration has sown nothing but disaster for our country through its illegal, unconstitutional immigration policies,” Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said. “Biden’s latest round of flagrant law-breaking includes his Central American Minors Program, which has contributed significantly to many states being forced to take in even more aliens. My fellow attorneys general and I are suing to stop it.”
In addition to its abuse of the CAM program, the Biden Administration has, since it came to power a year ago, attempted to:
🔹stop border wall construction,
🔹cease arrests and deportations of broad categories of aliens,
🔹terminate the Remain-in-Mexico program.
Paxton hosted fellow attorneys general to witness first-hand accounts of the massive influx of illegal aliens, which affects not only Texas, but the entire country on Thursday and Friday.
The attorneys general met with top officials from the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP), U.S. Border Patrol (BP), and U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) for briefings. They also took a border wall tour, and a boat tour on the Rio Grande River.
Donald J. Trump publically acknowledged Paxton and several other Attorneys General who attended the 45th President’s Texas rally Saturday evening in Conroe, near Houston.
Nearly 2 million illegal aliens are reported to have flooded the United States over the past year through the southwest border.
A new state law gives Texans additional time to renew their vehicle registration online. House Bill 2152 allows online registration renewals up to 12 months past the expiration date.
Previously, Texans could renew expired registrations online up to nine months past the expiration date. Customers who renew late will still be responsible for paying for a full year of registration.
Additionally, anyone renewing between 10 and 12 months after their registration expires will have the option to renew for both the current (past-due) registration year and the next registration year at the same time.
The month of expiration will not change for Texans using this option. Registration and local county fees will be doubled when registration is renewed for both years; however, only one Processing and Handling Fee will be charged.
Three Houston-area pharmacists, a doctor, and a pharmacy technician have been arrested for allegedly running three pharmacies and two clinics as “pill mills;” distributing hydrocodone, oxycodone, and other controlled drugs without a legitimate medical purpose.
According to court documents, since January 2018, Chrisco Pharmacy (Chrisco), Keystone Pharmacy (Keystone), and Peoples Pharmacy (Peoples) illegally dispensed nearly four million pills of the Schedule II opioids hydrocodone and oxycodone.
🔹Keystone owner and pharmacist-in-charge Anthony Obute, 46, of Houston, was indicted yesterday in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas for illegally distributing and dispensing hydrocodone and the Schedule IV muscle relaxer carisoprodol. According to the filed criminal complaint leading to Obute’s arrest on Dec. 2, Obute operated Keystone as a pill mill, illegally distributing hydrocodone and oxycodone.
The complaint further alleges that from about September 2018 to about September 2020, Obute directed Keystone to purchase around 1.1 million of the highest-strength, short-acting hydrocodone and oxycodone pills commercially available, which he then sold to so-called “crew leaders,” or drug traffickers who pay individuals to pose as patients in order to obtain pills to sell onto the black market.
🔹Ophelia Emeakoroha, 50, of Pearland, was arrested on Dec. 2 on a criminal complaint, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, alleging that Emeakoroha, the pharmacist-in-charge at Peoples, illegally distributed and dispensed hydrocodone and oxycodone.
According to court documents, from about Jan. 1, 2019, to about Dec. 31, 2019, Emeakoroha caused Peoples to purchase around 250,000 of the highest-strength, short-acting hydrocodone and oxycodone pills commercially available, which she then sold to crew leaders in a scheme similar to Keystone’s.
🔹Shivarajpur Ravi, M.D., 65, of Houston, was arrested on Dec. 2 on a criminal complaint, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, alleging that he operated two pill-mill clinics in the Houston area, which he used to illegally distribute and dispense hydrocodone and carisoprodol.
According to court documents, undercover officers obtained illegitimate prescriptions from Ravi, once in 2020 at his clinic operating out of 12555 Ste. B Gulf Freeway in Houston, and again at a new clinic located at 3333 Bayshore Dr., Ste. 250, Pasadena, which he opened in 2021.
The papers detail how crew leaders were observed paying for groups of patients, filling out their paperwork, and coaching them on what to say to the doctor as they waited to be seen. The 2020 purported consult with Ravi is alleged to have lasted less than two minutes, after which officers had the prescription filled at Keystone. In both cases, the visit ended with Ravi prescribing large quantities of hydrocodone and carisoprodol.
🔹A few weeks prior to the arrests of Obute, Emeakoroha, and Ravi, Christopher Obaze, 61, of Richmond, and Eric Tubbe, 36, of Rosenberg, were arrested on charges brought in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas related to their alleged illicit operation of Chrisco as a pill mill.
The eight-count indictment alleged that in doing so, Obaze and Tubbe conspired to illegally distribute and dispense hydrocodone and oxycodone, maintained Chrisco as a drug-involved premises in proximity to a facility for children, and laundered their ill-gotten gains, using the proceeds to promote the enterprise, depositing cash in amounts below $10,000 to avoid bank reporting requirements, and transferring the proceeds through numerous accounts to obscure the funds’ origins.
Obaze was also charged with tax crimes. According to court documents, from around January 2018, to around October 2021, Obaze was the pharmacist-in-charge and Tubbe was a pharmacy technician at Chrisco, which the two men used as a front to purchase and then illegally sell around 2.25 million of the highest-strength short-acting hydrocodone and oxycodone pills commercially available. The indictment alleges that Obaze and Tubbe sold the pills, in bulk, directly to drug traffickers, without the involvement of doctors, prescriptions, or patients.
Federal charges related to the illegal distribution of Schedule II opioids like hydrocodone and oxycodone, which all of the indicted defendants face, carry statutory maximums of 20 years in prison. Obaze and Tubbe are both charged with money laundering crimes that carry statutory maximums of 10 and 20 years in prison, while Obaze’s tax charges carry a statutory maximum of three years. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.
Scottsdale, Arizona based Barrett-Jackson, billed as “The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions,” continued at full throttle during their inaugural Houston auction at NRG Center last month with $37.5 million in sales.
Leading the way was the $1.98 million sale of a 1979 Porsche 928 driven by Tom Cruise in the film “Risky Business.” It was a world record auction sale of any Porsche 928 from any year.
They continued to fill the demand for collector car non-fungible tokens (NFTs) with two movie-themed Motoclub SparkNFTs.
NFTs are not the actual cars, but “the digital packaging of an exclusive video, an illustration, and three still images,” indicated the car collections dealer. “It’s a digital piece of automobilia of sorts commemorating the sale of a spectacular VIN 001 vehicle.”
🔹The 1959 Cadillac “Ghostbusters” Ectomobile Re-Creation NFT sold for $8,000.
🔹The 1994 Toyota Supra from “The Fast & the Furious” franchise NFT hammered in at $6,000.
Barrett-Jackson’s first auction in the Lone Star State featured a 100% no-reserve docket with nearly 500 collectible vehicles that sold for more than $35.4 million. The Automobilia Auction featured 279 pieces that sold for over $1 million, marking the company’s most successful non-Scottsdale Automobilia Auction. Barrett-Jackson also continued to trailblaze with the auction of two NFTs, which brought in a combined $14,000.
“This was a banner year filled with historic events made up of over 200 world-record auction sales that are forever etched into automotive history,” says Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson.
“Thanks to our sponsors, consignors, bidders and guests, our inaugural Houston auction was an extraordinary extension of this year’s success. We’re far more than a car auction; we’re an immersive automotive experience with exhibitors, thrill rides and activities that rivals any event. We can’t wait for our January 2022 Scottsdale auction, when we’ll celebrate everything we’ve accomplished over our 50-year history, in true Barrett-Jackson fashion.”
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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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The FBI Violent Crime Task Force seeks the public’s help to identify and locate a bank robber dubbed the “Little Red Riding Crook” who struck a Houston bank wearing a red raincoat-style jacket.
Crime Stoppers of Houston is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to the identification and arrest of the suspect.
On September 28, 2021, at approximately 11:59 a.m., the man walked into the Wells Fargo Bank located at 11105 Westheimer Road. He went to a teller counter and presented a note demanding cash. The robber walked out of the bank with an undisclosed amount of money.
The “Little Red Riding Crook” is described as a white or Hispanic man, in his mid-20s, approximately 5’3” tall with a thin body build, and a thin jawline beard.
In addition to the red raincoat-style jacket, the thief wore a black baseball cap, blue COVID-style face mask, black shirt, light jeans, and dark shoes.
Crime Stoppers may pay up to $5,000 for information leading to the identification, charging, and/or arrest of the suspect in this case. Information may be reported by calling 713-222-TIPS (8477), submitted online at http://www.crime-stoppers.org, or through the Crime Stoppers mobile app.
Only tips and calls DIRECTLY TO Crime Stoppers are anonymous and eligible for a cash reward.
KTRK news, known as ABC13 in Houston, Texas is reporting some local doctors have been successfully using Ivermectin to help treat their COVID-19 patients since last year.
According to the report, “Dr. Joseph Varon, chief of medical staff, said he has proudly been using it, off-label, to treat thousands of COVID-19 patients admitted to United Memorial Medical Center.”
“I have used Ivermectin in a few thousand patients,” Varon said. “I cannot tell you the exact number, but I know that it’s been quite a large number of patients and I have not seen a single significant side-effect. Not one.”
“He and his colleagues began touting the drug last December, holding a press conference to implore the medical community to use it as part of COVID-19 treatment,” ABC13 reported.
Varon told ABC13 that his team began using the drug last summer, saying “people were dying.”
“We were in the middle of a pandemic,” he said. “You have to try things. You have no choice.”
He said based on his data, Ivermectin, in combination with COVID therapies, saves lives.
“It’s not just Ivermectin,” he said. “That’s where people get confused. Ivermectin helps you, but it helps you when you are giving it in addition to other components of treatment protocols that are out there.”
Ivermectin was developed to treat parasites in both humans and animals.
Ivermectin is an FDA-approved drug developed to treat parasites in both humans and animals at a very specific dose.
“But a recent surge on animal feed stores, where the drug is sold as a de-wormer for cows and horses, has the FDA sending out a warning, saying Ivermectin should not be used to treat or prevent coronavirus,” the report warned. “It is not approved for that use.”
Houston-area specialty pet store owners indicate they are running out of the product.
One Bandera, Texas rancher informed CleverJourneys that,”We have some cut up into small pieces to use just in case one of us gets it. We have a friend who swears it helped him last spring.”
The animal version of the drug, according to the FDA, is different than the human version, saying in part, “animal drugs are often highly concentrated because they are used for large animals like horses and cows, which can weigh a lot more than we do-a ton or more. Such high doses can be highly toxic in humans.”
In 2021, millions of genetically altered mosquitoes are being released in Houston and Harris County, Texas.
A British-based firm, Oxitec, funded by Bill Gates, has designed the project to test whether the altered mosquitoes are a viable alternative to pesticides to control and prevent the spread of diseases, including Zika and dengue.
This Oxitec project is being supported by two highly controversial agencies—The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).
Gates— not only a major financial backer of the gene-edited COVID-19 “vaccines” of Pfizer and Moderna, and the largest private donor to the World Health Organization (WHO)–has funded gene-editing research for more than a decade.
Critics point out that Gates is well aware of the sinister potential of gene-editing technology. For instance, it can be used as a bioweapon maker.
In 2016 Gates declared, “the next epidemic could originate on the computer screen of a terrorist intent on using genetic engineering to create a synthetic version of the smallpox virus.”
In July 2017, John Sotos, of Intel Health & Life Sciences, stated that gene editing research could “open up the potential for bioweapons of unimaginable destructive potential.”
In 2016, Gates’ foundation gave $1.6 million to the PR firm, Emerging Ag, to block a broad effort to get a UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) moratorium on gene drive technology until its safety could be established.
According to emails obtained by ETC Group, Emerging Ag recruited more than 65 experts, including a Gates Foundation senior official, a DARPA official, and scientists who had received DARPA funding. They were successful.
DARPA has been working for several years on genetic editing of mosquitoes. Through its “Insect Allies” program, DARPA has been working, using CRISPR gene-editing and gene drive technologies, on manipulating the Aedes Aegypti mosquito.
The US Department of Defense has spent at least $100 million in the controversial technology known as “gene drives,” making the US military a top funder and developer of the gene-modifying technology.
“Gene drives are a powerful and dangerous new technology and potential biological weapons could have disastrous impacts on peace, food security and the environment, especially if misused,” said Jim Thomas, co-director of ETC Group, an environment safety group.
“The fact that gene drive development is now being primarily funded and structured by the US military raises alarming questions about this entire field,” Thomas noted.
Entomological warfare is a type of biological warfare that uses insects to transmit diseases.
The Pentagon, using DARPA research, has allegedly performed such entomological tests secretly in the Republic of Georgia and Russia.
Is the DARPA development, together with Gates’ foundation and Oxitec, of the gene edited mosquitoes a covert program in entomological warfare?
The Pentagon presently has top security bio laboratories in 25 countries across the world funded by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) under a $ 2.1 billion military program– Cooperative Biological Engagement Program (CBEP).
🔹They are in former Soviet Union countries such as Georgia and Ukraine, the Middle East, South East Asia and Africa.
🔹Among their projects, Phlebotomine sand fly species were collected under the heading, “Surveillance Work on Acute Febrile Illness,” in which all (female) sand flies were tested to determine their infectivity rate.
🔹A third project, also including sand flies collection, studied the characteristics of their salivary glands. This is weaponization research.
The controversial person picked by the Biden-Hartid Administration to become the first Cabinet-level science advisor, Eric Lander, came from the MIT-Harvard Broad Institute.
Lander is a specialist in gene drive and gene editing technologies and played a major role in the flawed US Human Genome Project.
Non-partial (they have ‘no skin in the game’s) teveal this is not the kind of science the U.S. should be supporting. It is part of what is obviously a larger eugenics agenda, and Bill Gates is again playing a key role.
No-one can seriously believe, given the ample evidence of human involvement in the very creation of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, that a single, unique goal of reducing populations of harmful mosquitoes (which aren’t apparently causing problems in Florida anyway) is the only intended outcome.
As with gene-edited mRNA vaccines, nobody can be sure of what the gene-edited mosquitoes are actually edited for in the absence of independent lab analysis, nor of what kind of hybrid mosquitoes may be produced.
Past experiments in Brazilhave had unintended consequences, as well as being useless in achieving the stated goal.
“Despite strong resident protests, the US Environmental Protection Agency and Florida agencies have approved controversial release of millions of genetically-modified or “gene edited” killer mosquitoes into the Florida Keys,” wrote F. William Engdahl.
Engdahl notes that the controversial Biden Science Advisor “is involved indevelopment of the CRISPR technology being used to genetically modify everything from the mosquitoes to the Pfizer and Moderna coronavirus mRNA “vaccines” to gene-edited salmon. How Bill Gates, the Pentagon and the eugenics lobby come together now is alarming to put it mildly.”
On April 30 the Florida Keys Mosquito Control District and the Oxitec began releasing of what will ultimately be some 750 million genetically manipulated or gene-edited Aedes Aegypti mosquitos using CRISPR gene editing technology.
🔹The Aedes Aegypti makes up only about 4% of the mosquito population in the Keys.
🔹The release was bitterly opposed by residents and environmental groups, who demanded a referendum in last year’s election ballot, but which the Mosquito Control Board refused, curiously.
🔹Oxitec and the Board claim the release is to kill off the presence of the Aedes Aegypti mosquito, which is believed to carry dengue fever, Zika and other diseases.
The project, positively presented in the mainstream media statements, is alarming in many respects.
1. The refusal to allow a citizen vote on the controversial GMO release.
2. There exists no cost-benefit analysis of the risks versus benefits of releasing millions of mosquitoes whose genetic traits are mutating in often unpredictable ways.
3. Is it worth the risk that an ever more robust variety of mosquito will mutate from the project?
George Soros Connection
“The CEO of Oxitec, Grey Frandsen, has a dark history with the US State Department in the Balkans, as an advisor to the US Navy, and as a Fellow of the George Soros’ International Crisis Group that played a key role in the destruction of Yugoslavia in the 1990s,” Engdahl observes.
“With no previous experience in biotechnology, Frandsen appears as CEO of Oxitec in 2017. Oxitec, a UK company, is now owned by Third Security, a US venture capital firm in Radford, Virginia headed by Randal J. Kirk, who also owns the gene-edited salmon producer, AquaBounty.”
There was a previous trial by Oxitec for the same Aedes Aegypti gene-edited mosquito in Bahia, Brazil.
Their test was to determine if the gene-edited mosquitoes would mate with local mosquitoes carrying Zika, malaria or other mosquito-borne diseases.
Following an initial reduction of the target population of mosquitoes, after some months the “population, which had been greatly suppressed, rebounded to nearly pre-release levels,” according to a study published in Nature Reports journal.
A team of scientists from Yale University and several scientific institutes in Brazil monitored the progress of the experiment. What they found initially was that the target mosquito population markedly declined. But within 18 months the mosquito population recovered with a vengeance.
The paper noted that some of the mosquitos likely have “hybrid vigor,” and created “a more robust population than the pre-release population.”
These “super mosquitoes” are more resistant to insecticides.
That Brazil Oxitec study concluded, “It is unclear how this may affect disease transmission or affect other efforts to control these dangerous vectors.”
A 2020 scientific study revealed that the “sterile” insects revert back to being fertile, resulting in resistant GMO populations persisting in the environment.
The study, published by scientists in China, Germany and the USDA in the United States, shows that spontaneous mutations in laboratory flies can arise, leading to genetic resistance to the intended trait.
CDC Report Adds Suspicions
The official CDC report indicated there was not one incidence in all the US in 2020 of Zika from the indigenous population and only 4 from foreign travelers.
🔹There were some 26 cases of denge in the Florida Keys, the first outbreak in almost ten years.
🔹Suspiciously, it was a small outbreak of dengue fever in 2010 that Oxitec used to argue for release of its gene edited mosquito in Florida.
🔹The new outbreak in 2020 was also suspiciously convenient for Oxitec’s effort to release the gene edited mosquitoes in Florida, which was approved in 2020.
Due to current Biden-Harris Border Crisis, between 6,000 and 8,000 people attempt to illegally enter Texas from Mexico each day.
Fortunately, our brave law enforcement officers, including the border and highway patrol officers, are able to prevent most of them. However, some load up in trailers after sneaking in a variety of ways.
Here are the most deadly, inhumane, political and number arrests on Texas highways for human smuggling.
Most Deaths:Victoria, 2003
On May 14, 2003, one of the deadliest smuggling incidents occurred along Highway 87 in Victoria, Texas where 70 people were trapped inside the trailer of an 18-wheeler.
In the end, 19 of those 70 died from dehydration.
Fourteen people were indicted by federal prosecutors, including truck driver Tyrone Williams, who was initially sentenced to life in prison.
In total, Williams was convicted on 58 counts of conspiracy, harboring, and transporting illegal immigrants.
In 2011, Williams was given a new sentence of nearly 34 years in prison after a federal appeals court overturned the multiple life sentences he received. Williams was the only defendant who faced a possible death sentence.
Most Inhumane: Houston, 2017
In July 2017 a dozen migrants were discovered in Houston in a box truck. Some as young as 16-years-old, undocumented and had paid for illegal transport into Texas from various Latin American countries.
Prosecutors indicated they were in the truck for 12 hours with no food and little water. The Penske rental truck was in the parking lot of a strip center on Harwin in southwest Houston and held 10 men, one woman, and a teen.
The previous July 23, 2017 drew negative national attention to McManus when eight people were found dead and 30 injured inside a semitrailer overnight in a Walmart parking lot on San Antonio’s south side.
While officers and emergency responders were concerned about SUVs and vans took some of the illegal aliens away in an organized escape, McManus nonchalantly blew it off.
U.S. Homeland Security officers were startled when McManus told the media, “It happens all the time.”
A 2017 press release from the San Antonio Police Officers Association explains what occurred at December 2017 debacle:
“On that night, in possible violation of established procedures and State and Federal law pertaining to suspected human smuggling and trafficking cases, the Chief released twelve undocumented immigrants into the City of San Antonio without properly and thoroughly identifying them.”
“For several years now, San Antonio Police Officers have been well trained on how to handle and process human smuggling and trafficking cases. SAPD also works with Homeland Security through the Federal Joint Task Force to specifically target and arrest individuals involved in these crimes. On December 23rd, when twelve people were stopped and detained under suspicion of smuggling and being in the country illegally, the Officers on scene began following the law and established procedures. Then, Chief McManus arrived.”
SAPOA says City Manager is wrong protecting the chief
“When Chief McManus arrived unexpectedly on scene, in civilian clothing and with a lawyer from a non-profit organization, Officers briefed the Chief on the situation and their actions, which included notifying Homeland Security. The Chief immediately changed their orders: they were not to identify the individuals or check their immigration status (as Texas law allows local law enforcement to do) and they were not to involve Homeland Security (as per Joint Task Force procedures).”
“When an agent from Homeland Security did arrive, the Chief informed him that his assistance was not needed. After transporting the individuals to police headquarters, the Chief allowed the non-profit attorney complete access to them before ever allowing even one of the Special Victims Unit (SVU) detectives to speak to them. The Chief then stated that none of the detainees were to be processed through SAPD databases and ordered them released. At this point, SVU Supervisors were so shocked they requested the order be put in writing.”
“The twelve detainees were then escorted out of the back of police headquarters and released into the city. Afterwards, the Chief told the media that the case was based on a “fluid situation,” and that “it’s not necessarily how every case will be handled going forward.” SAPOA believes that the Chief’s actions were political, not in line with established State and Federal laws and procedures, and may have risked the safety of the community.”
Marc Anthony Bane, 45, of Porter, and Tara Rene Dillion, 33, of nearby Conroe, just northwest of Houston, appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Christopher Dos Santos today for transporting 89 illegal aliens in Texas.
According to the charges, Bane and Dillon arrived at the Texas Border Patrol (BP) checkpoint on Interstate Highway 35 approximately 29 miles north of Laredo in a tractor-trailer.
A service K-9 dog alerted officers, who searched the vehicle and trailer and found 89 undocumented non-U.S. citizens in there.
Law Enforcement in the Porter-Conroe area are quite familiar with Bane due to his countless arrests. This time he and Dillion were arrested by Federal law enforcement after this attempted smuggling of 89 migrants in a stolen 2017 Freightliner and trailer.
In the mid-afternoon of July 13, 2021, when agents opened the trailer he was hauling with 89 migrants, Bane told investigators that he received a call from an unknown person. He was to drive from Porter to a Walmart parking lot in Laredo and pick up the truck and trailer and drive it past the checkpoint to an unknown location.
He said he was to be paid $1000 and claimed he did not know the contents of the trailer.
Tara Dillion told investigators a man named Brian drove them from Porter to Laredo and they were to take the truck to San Antonio. Dillion said Brian drove them to a Motel 6 parking lot. Investigators secured video from Motel 6 and were able to view Bane and Dillon being dropped off in a Nissan Titan.
The couple got out of the Titan, climbed into the 18-wheeler and exited the Motel 6. The tractor-trailer they were driving was reported stolen from the same Motel 6.
Both Bane and Dillon were charged in Federal Court with transport, attempt to transport, and conspiracy to transport the migrants.
Bane has been arrested in Montgomery County at least fifteen times in the past decade and Harris County fourteen times.
His record includes at least eight incarcerations within the Texas Department of Criminal Justice with charges ranging from driving without a license, evading arrest, resisting arrest, unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, theft of wire, forgery and drug charges.
His most recent arrest was last March when he attempted to flee Montgomery County Precinct 4 Deputies of Ford Road. Bane appeared in court on that charge on June 29 and is due back in court in October where he remains on a $50,000 bond. He is also on a bond from Harris County for a November 2020 burglary of a habitation. In 2004 a Montgomery County Deputy attempted to stop Bane after the deputy observed a large amount of smoke coming from the vehicle that would be consistent with fire. Bane fled but was soon caught.
Houston Police indicate Bane has ties to the Aryan Brotherhood. In 2010, Houston Police found counterfeit bills at his then Kingwood Home during his arrest on a warrant for copper theft.
In April 2011, Precinct 4 Deputies, responding to a suspicious activity report on I-69, found Bane and his female companion Christy Jo Latham of New Caney in a pickup truck parked in the median. In that truck was the street light that had been knocked down in an accident 3 weeks ago. The street light had been cut into five pieces using a cutting torch he had in the bed of the truck. Bane was charged with theft of material 50% aluminum, bronze, copper and placed in the Montgomery County Jail with a $3000 bond. Bane told Deputies he was cleaning the roadways up but he forgot the soft drink cups three feet away.
Tara Dillon, who was arrested with Banes on the smuggling of 89 illegal immigrants, also has an arrest record in Montgomery County including assault, driving while intoxicated, and unlawful carrying of a weapon.
She was last arrested on February 17, 2021, by Houston Police for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle in Kingwood Park. She currently has an open warrant out after failing to abide by bond conditions.
A total of 153 Houston Methodist employees either resigned during a two-week suspension period or were terminated June 22 for not complying with the health system’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate.
The employees were part of a group of 178 workers who were suspended because they did not get fully vaccinated or were not granted an exemption or deferral. Spokesperson Gale Smith said employees who became compliant during the suspension period returned to work the day after they became compliant.
Houston Methodist rolled out its mandatory vaccination policy March 31, with April 15 as the deadline for managers to receive at least one dose or get an exemption. By June 7, all 26,000 employees were required to comply. Those who did not comply were suspended for two weeks.
The mandate sparked pushback from unvaccinated employees.
Jennifer Bridges, RN, and 116 other workers, sued over the mandate, arguing that it is illegal and forces workers to get an experimental vaccine to keep their jobs.