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Texas Senate Republican Caucus Continues to Draw Attention to Crisis At Border

April 18, 2019

 

People continue to die crossing the border and are forced into sex slavery in the face of Congress’ refusal to act

Senators Cornyn, Cruz, and Lt. Governor Patrick all joined Senate Republican Caucus membership

 

AUSTIN – Yesterday afternoon the Texas Senate Republican Caucus held a joint press conference to again call attention to the ongoing humanitarian and security crisis at the border.  Caucus Chairman Bettencourt (R-Houston) opened the press conference by remarking, “The Texas Senate recognizes the obvious: there is both a humanitarian and a security crisis on the border.  United States Senators John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) joined the Caucus for this important announcement. Rather than a “manufactured crisis” as some have alleged, Lt. Governor Dan Patrick (R-Texas) highlighted the fact that as Congress continues to do nothing the situation has deteriorated on the Texas-Mexico international border. He said, “Since 2011 we have documentation of 1,761 dead migrants that we have recovered in Texas, many in Brooks County.”

The Department of Homeland Security has detained over 100,000 people at our border in just March alone.  Senator Cornyn asked at what number would those who refuse to act call this a crisis?  200,000?  250,000?  “I appreciate the Texas Senate stepping up and doing what Washington should be doing and I would call on our friends across the aisle to work with us to come up with solutions,” Senator Cornyn added.  “This is about solving problems.”  Senator Cruz continued, “In six months, nearly as many people have been apprehended at the border as ALL of the preceding year.”  He also highlighted the large amount of illegal drugs that have been seized at the border in just the last six months.

Recent news reports reveal undocumented women being beaten for disobeying smugglers, impregnated by strangers, coerced into prostitution, shackled to beds and trees, and bound with duct tape, rope, or handcuffs.  Chair of the Senate State Affairs Committee, Senator Joan Huffman (R-Houston), added, “I ask each and every one of you to stop and just think about a child who has braved what it must take to get through Mexico and the other Latin American countries in order to just get to the US border, what they must have gone through, do you think they weren’t possibly abused?

Over 100,000 migrants crossed our border illegally just last month, that is a crisis. The biggest threat that Texas faces is an unsecured border,” added Senator Campbell (R-New Braunfels), Chair of the Veterans Affairs and Border Security Committee. “Law enforcement is stretched thin and criminals are exploiting the situation for their own gain.

Customs and Border Protection has reported that the increase in migrant interdictions is resulting in up to 40 percent or more of CBP personnel working to care for, transport, and process vulnerable families and children, thus causing harm to the effectiveness of anti-smuggling and drug trafficking efforts.  Senator Pete Flores (R-Pleasanton), whose 19th State Senate district holds 464 miles of the border added, “We and our constituents are at our wits end. The border today is not the border of my youth… Cartels, criminals and drugs are infiltrating the backyards, ranches and farms of my constituents.

In the current biennium the Texas Legislature has allocated over $800 million to be spent on border security.  SR 535 passed by a vote of 19-12 in the Texas Senate along partisan lines declaring a crisis at the border.

Read the resolution here: https://capitol.texas.gov/tlodocs/86R/billtext/html/SR00535I.htm
Watch the Caucus video here: https://www.texassenate.gop/2019/04/16/crisis-at-our-southern-border/

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As Chairman of the Texas Senate Republican Caucus I want to recognize the finest group of Legislators in the United States. We're all proud of our accomplishments like Property Tax Reform and Relief, School Finance, School Safety, Hurricane Harvey Relief, Protecting Religious Liberty, Protecting Life, Securing Our Border, the Texas Budget and "Beer-To-Go."

These 18 Senators, under the leadership of Lt. Governor Patrick, enacted these conservative solutions to Texas' challenges for the betterment of all of Texas: Brian Birdwell (R-Granbury), Dawn Buckingham (R-Lakeway), Donna Campbell (R-New Braunfels), Brandon Creighton (R-Conroe), Pat Fallon (R-Prosper), Pete Flores (R-Pleasanton), Bob Hall (R-Edgewood), Kelly Hancock (R-North Richland Hills), Joan Huffman (R-Houston), Bryan Hughes (R-Mineola), Lois Kolkhorst (R-Brenham), Jane Nelson (R-Flower Mound), Robert Nichols (R-Jacksonville), Angela Paxton (R-McKinney), Charles Perry (R-Lubbock), Charles Schwertner (R-Georgetown), Kel Seliger (R-Amarillo) and Larry Taylor (R-Friendswood).

Hats off to our House colleagues and Speaker Bonnen, with the Governor able to sign these important Bill's this year.

If you want to see what really happened during the 86th legislative session, watch the video below and spread the word to all Republicans, and like-minded Conservatives, across the State of Texas.

Thank you,

Chairman Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston)
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There is no relief. Property tax can still go up 10% every 3 years. It is too high already. Tired of the lies!

All of you legislators are criminals running a criminal racketeering operation. Here is property tax reform that is just and constitutional, ABOLISH PROPERTY TAX IT IS LEGALIZED THEFT.

Bull ! You have done the bare bones minimum. Texas legislators regardless of party all have become an embarrassment and great disappointment to the citizens of this state. Hopefully the citizens stand firm "voting all out of office" !

My property tax just shot up 2000 more this year. They claim my property is worth 50,000 more all the sudden

Seniors should be exempt from all taxes completely we have already paid our share.

When we start educating children on reading writing basic arithmetic and instilling the knowledge that with mastery of these they can do anything they set their hearts to do can be accomplished, I'll be impressed.

What exactly is the Relief. I have not been informed.

Thank you for service to our great state

And might I add, the folks behind the scenes that see that all the i’s are dotted & the T’s are crossed. So a big thank you to ALL of YOU!!!!!! ♥️🙏✝️😇❤️

Sorry, but this legislative session was a horrible failure. A significant budget increase, no further limitations on abortion, no constitutional carry, no real property tax relief. Sorry, but the republicans failed us. I hope most of you are primaried, as we need real conservatives to represent Texas!

You restricted every entity on their ability to run their business but yourself. If you were in fact such guardians against tax increases why didn't you put the State under the same restrictions? If the threat of rising taxes are such a threat to our State why isn't the LARGEST TAX COLLECTOR NOT RESTRICTED! Seliger is the only one in Austin who actually sticks to the platform of local control. Every other one of you is a disgrace to the Republican party.

School tax have always been insanely insanely high in texas they pride them selves on not having a state income tax but sometimes I wonder what the would be

No property tax reform in the city of Kerrville and Hunt, Texas where taxes tripled this year putting a hurt on many people in the area. How is this fair to any property owner. Doesn’t matter if you have a couple of acres or many. So no tax relief that I see!

Still forgot about the legislative priorities set out at convention the Alamo and monuments protection and hb 357 with a Republican controlled house there was no reason the prorites should have not been carried out .seems like the party kneeled down to the house speaker governor and Lt governor and kissed the ring

Thank you for upholding the office you were voted to represent.

The appraisal district n the school taxes are out of control Seniors should have a big exemption of some kind. Remember most are on social Security. And we are teaching millions of illegals which costs millions of dollars. Businesses don't get an exemption n businesses are paying those high school taxes .

They say property tax relief but all they do is reevaluate the property and raise the value to increase the amount you pay

This texas legislation is a joke!! All this should have been delt with years ago! The texas lotto was created to help schools and veterans!! This year abbott and paxton passed a bill in texas senat to fund child protective services and fostercare 509 Million dollars that begins this year in 2019!!! Thats only to fostercare and child protective services!!!! Familys DO NOT stand a chance in these two family killing systems!!!!

I Absolutely believe nothing Ya'll say.

Property tax reform? My taxes went up 10%; I appealed and was denied. In fact, everyone I talked to had a huge increase in taxes and all was denied a reduction. Although a lifelong republican, I may vote democrat in the next state elections.

I noticed something in common with a large amount of these post. They could have saved a lot of typing had they simply typed, "ME< ME>ME!"

Really, all I saw was tax cut to the rich and business while a property tax relief that was a joke. Lobbists getting more money and power in our state government, more public union empowerment, snubbing of constitutional carry, increased taxes, the left assault on our history and monuments went unencumbered, abortion still open, spending like drunken sailors, and free education and health care for illegals, and no updating of the voter registration rolls. I left CA to get away from this and now Texas looks like CA in 1990's and that's when the left's takeover began. Frankly it has me scared that all I did was buy time before I'm right back in the frying pan again.

Once again patting yourself on the back for a failed session. As someone already has said..."putting lipstick on a pig." WE ARE "STILL" GETTING TAXED OUT OF OUR HOMES"!

Donna Campbell on any “finest group of legislators” is truly a sham. What a waste of space!

Our property tax went up $500+ in 18 and $600+for 19. By the time we get to retirement age it will be locked in around $10,000.00. There goes my SS check. No relief here!!

Senate Bill 1978, the save "Chick fil-A Bill," authored by Senator Bryan Hughes (R - Mineola) would prevent a government or public entity from penalizing businesses for exercising their religious beliefs. This bill is essential after Chick-fil-A was barred from opening a location at the San Antonio Airport.

Chick-fil-A should not be punished for choosing to support certain religious organizations that align with their beliefs. Progressive liberals killed the Texas House companion bill, House Bill 3172, but Texas Senate Republicans will not allow the 86th Legislative Session to end without protecting the religious liberty of businesses and individuals.

Read the Bill here: capitol.texas.gov/tlodocs/86R/billtext/html/SB01978F.htm
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It’s Freedom of Religion. If you don’t like their beliefs than don’t eat there. Simple as that. For the rest of us, we don’t mind waiting in long lines to get our delicious Chick-Fil-A 🐓🍟🇺🇸🍕

This was one of the very few good things y’all did this session. So, thank you for at least doing this. But very disappointed in both houses in the Texas Legislature, and Greg Abbott as well. Y’all are giving me very little reason to continue voting Republican. I am sick of voting Republican just because “well, he is better than the DemocRAT.” I’m starting to wonder if there is much of a difference.

On a personal note I dislike their food. I also think food needs available 24/7/365 at an airport. Based on our laws their hours of service are there’s to set. But airport patrons have a need for food when on the ground and during layovers. So either Chic Fil A either makes an exception for airport eateries, or airports pick someone that will.

And, from another angle, Chick-fil-A should not be rewarded for their financial support of racist, bigoted hate groups that agree with their "Christian" beliefs.

This isn't about Republicans and Democrats, it's about discrimination based on religious beliefs. That is, unless you support discrimination ?

Still won't give one penny to chick-fil-a. And choosing not to allow a business that brings controversy into an airport is not discrimination.. it good business

We are , ONE NATION UNDER ALMIGHTY GOD and is beautiful to see business with this religious spirit This business are so blessed.

Thank you Texas Senate. Vote out the Texas House of Representatives that voted against this bill. If “ chick fil a “ is still denied a permit then build very close to airport. The city will lose revenue. Because many people will patronize their business.

Chick-Fil--A is this most successful fast food chain out there right now. I really dont think they need government help. A couple of times they have been denied leases in venues that do a significant amount of their business on Sunday and thus want their patrons to have food available on Sunday. It is a contingency of the lease. Chick-fil-A chooses to not open on Sunday. Both are reasonable stances. Dont need government intervention. It is not religious persecution, it is a business dispute.

And now, perhaps as a result, the Federal Aviation Administration is looking into whether this is discrimination at the airport. The council had a chance to reconsider that decision but instead doubled down it. They will regret it soon!

and the converse of this is that the san Antonio airport should not be forced to comply with chik-fil-a's beliefs if it's not their own.....

Texas, please continue to stand up to those who discriminate against other citizens, because they don’t agree.

Great now can you please Find a funding plan for our schools? Why didn't you cap the school portion of our PROPERTY TAX at 2.5 %?how come the teachers are not getting their 5000$ pay raise you all promised? Why can't you end the ROBINHOOD? Can you please tax something else to fund our schools? the 2 year plan you all came up with just kicks the can down the road!

It's discrimination pure and simple and there are already laws against it. If you don't like a business belief system then don't patronize that business.. but don't force your belief system on anyone else either and they are doing just that by not allowing CFA to open a location at the Airport.

Good now our 2nd Amendment rights are being embezzled by government. We need to show the same concerns for all our rights. Concealed Handgun permits are the embezzlement of the 2nd Amendment.

Everyone is entitled to an opinion. Just because your beliefs don’t align with a restaurant, you want to deny many others a good place to eat and there aren’t many of those in airports. Don’t like them, don’t shop there, I don’t mind.

Protect religious beliefs from the persecution of democrats!!! Always vote Republican!!!

Why are you filtering out replies? Since when do you decide which replies I deem relevant? FB has gone way too far!

People travel 24/7 so the airport needs a place for people to eat on Sundays. That is why they weren't chosen

MAYBE CHIC FILA SHOULD SUE SAN ANTONIO FOR VIOLATING FREE ENTERPRISE

Well, they can’t really keep them out since this airport accepts federal funds. So, the council man that started all this has got to come up with answers as why he didn’t check into that little fact.

I believe in one nation under GOD. But I believe I have the right to boycott because I believe the greatest command is to love.

Before you realize it our own government will be banning us who believe in God from life itself.

Thank you thank you chick fil. for standing up the

Amen! Now get busy on that property tax deal!

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