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JoAnn’s Report – Austin Hearing

Fighting for a Secure Texas & the Rule of Law

Austin, Texas – On Tuesday, 8/5/14, Grassroots America’s Executive Director JoAnn Fleming, Clear Lake TEA Party leader and Texas Border Volunteer Mary Huls, League City Councilwoman Heidi Thiess, Keep Texas Free President Dwayne Stovall, and Texas Border Volunteer Founder Dr. Mike Vickers testified before the Texas House Committee on Homeland Security and Public Safety. These grassroots conservative leaders spoke about what they witnessed on a recent trip to the Texas-Mexico border and spoke in favor of state leaders assuming their constitutional responsibility to the people of Texas since the federal government has aligned its border policy in favor of the drug and human trafficking cartels and against the rule of law.

Unlike one local media pundit who believes the State of Texas has no role to play in protecting the sovereignty of Texas and the life, liberty and property of its people, these grassroots leaders spoke to the power of the 10th Amendment and Article 1 Section 10.3 of the US Constitution. ACLU and MALDEF representatives were also on hand to say that there was no crisis on the border that comprehensive immigration reform “amnesty” would not fix. They called for an end to the “militarization” of the southern border because it’s “bad for business.”

Please understand the Texas National Guard is NOT yet on the border. Governor Perry has not called up anyone. Instead, he has asked for volunteers. Those volunteers must be trained on the rules of engagement. We are told that it may be 2 – 3 more weeks before the National Guard will even be present in the Rio Grande Sector, which is only about 53 miles of the 1200- mile border. Moreover, if you thought the National Guard was being sent to “secure the border,” as you have heard the Governor say on national television, you might be in for a shock.

As we heard at Tuesday’s Capitol hearing, here is the Texas Tribune’s accurate reporting on exactly what the rules of engagement are for the Texas National Guard once they are positioned in the RGV Sector – just one sector of the wide-open border:

Committee members asked Adjutant General John Nichols, head of the Texas National Guard, to define the scope of the organization’s mission.  

“What we’ve been asked to do specifically is come support DPS and their Operation Strong Safety,” Nichols said, adding that the state hasn’t asked the National Guard to detain suspected undocumented immigrants.

“My command to my folks is, avoid confrontation,” he said. “Our rules of engagement are really rules of non-engagement.” If undocumented immigrants try to turn themselves in to National Guard troops, he added, the soldiers are instructed to ask them to sit down and wait for Border Patrol or DPS agents to arrive. (Is this what you thought the mission was?)

Meanwhile, it appears that Gov. Perry is assisting the Federal Government in its “Catch and Release” Border policy – a policy that continues to kill. Unfortunately, slain Border Agent Vega only represents collateral damage to the White House and Congress. While Big Government, Big Media, and Big Business are focused on the “children,” dangerous criminals continue to pour over our border.

Slain Border Patrol Agent’s Blood ‘On Hands of Congress and President 
EL PASO, Texas — The murder of an off-duty Border Patrol agent in front of his entire family has sparked outrage within the Border Patrol community. The murder occurred at the hands of illegal aliens — one of whom had been deported four times prior — according to authorities, near the town of Santa Monica, Texas. The slain agent was fishing with his mother, father, wife, and two kids approximately 40 miles inside the U.S. when the pair of illegal aliens allegedly targeted them for armed robbery. The agent took action to defend his family before being shot dead. The murder occurred on Sunday, August 3, 2014. To read more, click here.

Illegal Aliens Tied to Border Patrol Agent Shooting Had Been Deported Several Times
El PASO, Texas – A pair of grainy booking photos give a first look at the two illegal aliens accused of gunning down an off-duty U.S. Border Patrol agent who had been fishing with his family. Read the rest of this shocking account here. 

Number of Foreign Minors Crossing Border to Double Next Year
HOUSTON, Texas — Despite claims that the number of apprehended unaccompanied alien children (UAC) has recently declined along the Texas-Mexico border, a shocking estimate from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) states that in Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 more than 127,000 foreign minors will attempt to illegally enter the country. That is more than double the number of UAC who will cross the border this year. Read more here. 

Leaked CBP Report Shows Entire World Exploiting Open US Border
LUBBOCK, Texas — A leaked intelligence analysis from Customs and Border Protection (CBP) reveals the exact numbers of illegal immigrants entering and attempting to enter the U.S. from more than 75 different countries. The report was obtained by a trusted source within the CBP agency who leaked the document and spoke with Breitbart Texas on the condition of anonymity. See the shocking document here.

Unaccompanied Minors Released on Lavish Vacation Spot, Virgin Islands
HOUSTON, Texas — Several unaccompanied minors who entered the U.S. illegally have been relocated to and released where many U.S. citizens cannot afford to take their own families on vacation: the Virgin Islands. Read this infuriating expose on the abuse of taxpayers here.

GOOD NEWS:  Judge Keith Self:  Collin County Commissioners Court Stands Up for Rule of Law, Says ‘No Undocumented Aliens’
DALLAS, Texas – The Collin County Commissioner’s Court in McKinney met on August 4 for a second and final time on the proposed resolution that would ban housing illegal minors in the county. Judge Keith Self, who was not present at the July 28 meeting, presided over a full courtroom. Public comments lasted for more than two hours and were followed by the court’s vote. To read more, click here.