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Texas Senate Republican Caucus Supports Senate Resolution 535 Declaring the Humanitarian and Security Crisis at the Border an Emergency

April 2, 2019

Chairman of the Caucus Paul Bettencourt Puts Forth Senate Resolution 535, co-authored by all 18 other Republican Senators

AUSTIN – Chairman of the Texas Senate Republican Caucus, Paul Bettencourt, put forth Senate Resolution 535, co-authored by all the Republican Senators, this afternoon that declares the crisis at the US-Mexico border an emergency. Chairman Bettencourt, echoing President Trump’s emergency declaration, began by saying, “There is a serious crisis at the border, and we must recognize this obvious fact.” DPS has reported that over 100,000 migrants have attempted to cross the border in March alone, a massive increase that has caused the Customs and Border Patrol to use 40% of its man-power to perform tasks unrelated to securing the border. Instead of protecting the border, performing anti-smuggling operations, and combatting narco-traffickers, the CBP has had to expend almost half of its energy and manpower processing migrants, transporting illegal aliens to detention facilities, and staffing these overworked and over capacity facilities.

At the moment the CBP has reported that they have over 120,000 migrants in custody and on March 28th, Secretary of Homeland Security, Kirstjen Nielsen, sent a letter to Congress describing the border as a, “Humanitarian and Security catastrophe that is worsening by the day.” CBP reports that facilities are at or over capacity and Secretary Nielsen implored Congress that another month of this amount of migrant traffic is “unsustainable” for the system.

In addition, crime is pouring across our border. Since 2011, over 194,000 criminal aliens have been booked into Texas jails with over 299,000 criminal offenses committed by illegal aliens. There have been news reports of sex trafficking and of migrant women who were beaten, held hostage and prostituted by the drug cartels who control our border. Senator Huffman noted that this “Resolution is crying out to Congress to, for god sakes, do something to solve this crisis.

The Congress of the United States has consistently delayed significant action on the border, forcing Texas to shoulder the burden. Thus, it falls to the Texas Senate to issue this resolution and call on Congress to adopt a budget to secure the border. As Chairman Bettencourt said, “There is no reason not to declare the crisis at the border an emergency, a crisis that is accelerating.” Senator Hughes chimed in by highlighting the fact that Jeh Johnson, former Secretary for Homeland Security under President Obama, three days ago declared, “We are truly in a crisis,” when describing the situation at the US-Mexico border.

Texas Senate Democrats, showing no interest in addressing the crisis at the border, attacked Chairman Bettencourt personally on the floor, insinuating that he was not acting in good faith, and attempted to slow down the process by putting forth a motion that would send the resolution to committee, but every Republican Senator stood strong and voted down the motion. Senate Resolution 535 ended up passing the Senate, 19-12, along partisan lines, illustrating that the Republican Senators in Texas are the ones willing to face this crisis head on.

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The time to act is now! Everyday Texans are being taxed out of their homes and their business are barely staying afloat with rising property taxes. Senate Bill 2 (by Chairman Paul Bettencourt) recognizes the obvious, that taxpayers cannot take it anymore. Property taxes are rising two to three times faster than Texans' ability to pay.

The Texas Senate has passed Senate Bill 2, the Texas Property Tax Reform and Relief Act of 2019.

Taxpayers in Dallas have been crushed with an average 55% increase on their property tax bills in just five years with a 15% increase just this year. That is a pattern that is repeating all across the State.

SB 2 offers hope to Texans and as noted by Senator Flores it gives all Texans hope that they will get to keep their little piece of the Texas sky.

Read Senate Bill 2 here: capitol.texas.gov/tlodocs/86R/billtext/html/SB00002E.htm
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Not sure I have a good handle on this. Businesses are paying taxes that they pass on to their customers. Homeowners are paying taxes, mostly school taxes, of which teachers are getting a very small part. So, the legislation is going to lower those taxes by increasing sales taxes so that everyone is paying these taxes, because the legislators can’t seem to figure out how to give less money to people throw it away or don’t deserve it in the first place. (Pause for breath.) This is either very close to what the socialists are spouting, or some of that new math that none understands anyway. (Scratching my head)

Definition of Relief: removal or lightening of something oppressive, painful, or distressing .... So no “relief” just permission to go up a certain amount on property taxes every year without public vote. 😡

Legalize Marijuana and save millions of tax dollars, won't need to raise home taxes

Nothing but smoke and mirrors.

Presidio county has been doubling and tripling theirs since 2013. Highway robbery

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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Mark does Kati likes Margaritas let me know

Will never trust a Democrat! They lie.

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.

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