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President Trump Signs Executive Order Protecting Free Speech on College Campuses and Incentivizing Universities to Lessen Student Debt

March 21, 2019

Texas Senators Joan Huffman (R-Houston) and Jane Nelson (R-Flower Mound) in attendance as well as Young Conservatives of Texas State Chair Saurabh Sharma

AUSTIN – President Trump today signed an Executive Order protecting freedom of speech on college campuses and incentivizing universities to lessen student debt. The President was surrounded by student activists whose conservative views have been suppressed at universities, including Young Conservatives of Texas State Chair Saurabh Sharma and two members of the Texas Senate Republican Caucus. President Trump expressed his dismay at the verbal and physical attacks that have been perpetrated on Conservative students across the country who are being denied their First Amendment rights on publicly funded college campuses.

President Trump charged that, “Universities have shut down free thought across the country,” and “universities who want taxpayer dollars should promote free speech, not restrict it.” One student speaker described her experience with having her speech restricted and stated: “The only permit I should need to speak freely on my campus is the First Amendment!”

Senator Huffman authored Senate Bill 18 which passed the Texas Senate 31-0 and is on the way to the Texas House. SB 18 includes language that protects student organizations from any punishment or denial of benefits, in the bill the specific language states, “on the basis of a political, religious, philosophical, ideological, or academic viewpoint expressed by the organization or of any expressive activities of the organization.” SB 18 also eliminates the ability for Universities in Texas to restrict students to certain ‘free speech zones.’ Senator Huffman previously explained the spirit of the bill as, “The bill requires that Universities embrace the idea that each and every person at the university has a constitutional right to speak freely,” she added, “Just because speech is offensive does not mean that it’s not protected.”

YCT State Chair Saurabh Sharma was also at the White House. Texas Senate Republican Chairman Paul Bettencourt publicly took a strong stand for the Young Conservatives of Texas at the University of Texas when a rally for the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court turned violent. YCT members were shoved and had their property destroyed during the rally. Senator Bettencourt stepped in and spoke with the UT Administration to demand that a YCT event shortly following this incident had adequate police presence to ensure that these students could peacefully exercise their fundamental right of free speech.
Chairman Bettencourt concluded, “American Students have the right to free speech! SB 18, authored by Senator Huffman, co-authored by myself and Senators Nelson, Creighton, Campbell, Schwertner, Fallon and Buckingham, will become the National Standard to protect American Students’ Free Speech rights.”

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I have a special religious liberty message for the Easter Weekend. I am proud of all my 19 Republican Collegues that voted to provide Texas license holders some protection for deeply help religious beliefs.

We were joined by Senator Lucio (D-Brownsville) as well because this common sense law is supported by the vast majority of Texans. Discrimination should not apply to any person in Texas in the 21st Century!

Speaking in favor, elegantly, is Senate Bill 17 author, Senator Perry (R-Lubbock) as well as Senators Paxton (R-McKinney) and Hancock (R-North Richland Hills). Listen to them now and read more about the bill here: capitol.texas.gov/tlodocs/86R/billtext/html/SB00017E.htm

Chair Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston)
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Good idea. Wish you folks felt as strongly about the 2nd Amendment. But the caucus is clueless and stupid when it comes to representing those that elected you. Caring only about business special interests.

The Texas Senate Republican Caucus held a joint press conference with U.S. Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz and Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick on Caucus Chair, Paul Bettencourt’s, Senate Resolution 535 that declared the Crisis at the Texas-Mexico International Border an Emergency.

Senator Bettencourt (R-Houston) remarked, “The Texas Senate recognizes the obvious, the obvious is that there is a crisis on the border.” Senator Cornyn (R-TX), commented on the rising interdictions, “When it hits 200,000 will that be enough to acknowledge the obvious?” Senator Cruz (R-TX) pointed out that, “In six months we have seen nearly as many people apprehended in all of the preceding year.” Lieutenant Governor Patrick (R-TX) stated, “Since 2011 we have documentation of 1,761 dead migrants that we have recovered in Texas, many in Brooks County.”

State Senator Joan Huffman (R-Houston), stated, “35,000 unaccompanied children, vulnerable to the sex trade, arrived in the last year.” State Senator Donna Campbell (R-New Braunfels), commented, “Over 100,000 migrants crossed our border illegally just last month, that is a crisis.” State Senator Pete Flores (R-Pleasanton) added, “We and our constituents are at our wits end. The border today is not the border of my youth.”

When asked what the difference was between Democrats and Republicans on this issue, Chairman Bettencourt responded, "That we voted for the Resolution and we took a stand on the crisis at the border."

Read the full resolution here: bit.ly/2PhXaWz
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Where’s Abbott at

Yes sir way way too much ch talking

I look at the border wall as Black Friday as entering the store for good deals....... rush in before they are gone........ e.g. social security, health benefits........only difference is ONES FREE THE OTHER NOT!!

Good grief. Use a brain cell or two. Stopping immigration is not the purpose of a wall. It is to make people use the gate so the immigration can be controlled and LEGAL

Maybe a little less talk and a lot more action is in order? Time to put a stop to illegal entry into the United States!

It’s been a crisis since 1968

So they just now recognise there is a crisis? Most people saw this coming months ago and knew something needed to be done then. I guess better late than never.

Proud of Texas and NM people for trying to stop the invasion of illegals!

Call out the NATIONAL GUARD. Or let the MILITA tack charge

Save lives on both sides of the border. Build the wall protect us all.

BUILD THE WALL!!!!!

Love to see Made in America again!!!

Didn’t see anything in the Houston Chronicle about this. The media is pathetic, a million people could come across in a day and they would not report.

Let’s face it !! No body is listening to the people who pay taxes and vote,! Politicians are out for themselves to be millionaires!!😡😡(Ronnie )

Oh please !! A wall will do nothing to stop migration!!

Then do something . MASS DEPORTATION

Closed the border and build the wall now

About dam time !!!

I remember years ago calling John Cornyn’s office to let him know he would never get my vote again and guess what it was over? The border wall and he would not vote for it. These jokers think the American public forgets over the years so they keep on getting elected.

Question: if the Empress and her cohorts don't care whether a pre-born or surviving aborted child lives or dies, why would they care about illegal border crossers?

having their little convention to figure how they are going to screw the people more

Cornyn, you haven’t done jack about this problem except stand behind individual Mitch McConald in congress at photo ops.

Cornyn, you haven’t done jack about this problem except stand behind individual Mitch McConald in congress at photo ops.

Get with plan John Cornyn

Cronyn probably dealing with Drug Cartel all about Money 😡

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