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California wins out against Texas' corporate socialism (Sriracha) - 05/29/14

... the Tea Parties movement, but Texas is a hotbed of socialism. Specifically, corporate socialism. Texas has a poor record on pollution, and pollution has a cost to all those exposed. Yet, due to Texas's low-regulation, low-tax environment, those corporations aren't paying the full cost of the pollution they cause. In other words, corporations are able to privatize the profits from pollution-...

Jeh Johnson's empty pledge to keep unaccompanied children from coming here illegally - 05/18/14

... Setting Up Emergency Shelter in Texas as Youths Cross Border Alone" ( peekURL.com/zqSZJce ) by Julia Preston: With border authorities in South Texas overwhelmed by a surge of young illegal migrants traveling by themselves, the Department of Homeland Security declared a crisis this week and moved to set up an emergency shelter for the youths at an Air Force base in San Antonio, officials said...

Even Washington Monthly (somewhat) admits the "challenges" of massive low-skilled immigration (Texas, Phillip Longman) - 03/03/14

... Foundation offers "Oops: The Texas Miracle That Isn’t" ( peekURL.com/zRPFqc5 ). OK, the moment of clarity is a bit obscured but not completely botched as might be expected. Here's how it ends: ...As we’ve seen, the flow of native-born Americans moving to Texas has been quite modest over the last generation, and for good reason. Few native-born Americans could lower their taxes, or raise their...

Cowardly fake patriot Bill Whittle "jokes" that Texans should shoot Californians - 01/13/14

... part: I’ve said this several times in Texas before and I’ve said it to Mr. Cruz as a representative of the Texas government, I’ve said it to Gov. (Rick) Perry directly, and now I’m going to say it to you as individual Texas citizens... You will see a lot of cars coming west heading east on Interstate 10, and they’re going to have California license plates on them... Now, if you see these cars...

Chart: how Texas compares with other states on various metrics (Rick Perry, Texas on the Brink) - 10/06/13

According to Texas governor Rick Perry and many fiscal conservatives, Texas is a great example of conservative principles in action. For instance (link): [Perry said] the very "future of the nation" depended on a blunt conversation about which course was best: California's "big government, protectionist, nanny state" or Texas' "limited-government, unsubsidized, freedom state." So, how's that...

Bill Richardson: "I don't think [Ted Cruz] should be defined as a Hispanic" - 05/06/13

... governor Bill Richardson saying that Texas senator Ted Cruz shouldn't be a considered a real Hispanic. Transcript, bolding added: RICHARDSON: I'm not a fan [of Cruz]. I know he's sort of the Republican latest flavor. He's articulate. He seems to be charismatic, but I don't like his politics. I think he introduces a measure of incivility in the political process. Insulting people is not the way...

Jerry Patterson draws completely wrong lesson from Texas history (Land Commissioner, immigration) - 12/14/12

... Republican, the Land Commissioner of Texas, a likely candidate for Lieutenant Governor, and involved with the "Texas solution" to immigration. He's currently touring Texas promoting massive immigration and a guest worker program. And, he's doing that in part by drawing the completely wrong lesson from Texas' history. Around 1830, Texas was still property of the Mexican government and they'd...

Do red states give more to charity than blue states? - 08/20/12

Reuters says, "[r]ed states give more money to charity than blue states, according to a new study" (link, [1]). Just one problem: that's not true. In fact, blue states gave over twice as much in dollar terms than red (depending on the blue/red definition). The study in question is by the Chronicle of Philanthropy and while it shows that those in several red states give more as a percentage of...

Ted Cruz keeps saying the same things on immigration (attrition, amnesty) - 07/27/12

... that when Senate contender from Texas Ted Cruz speaks about immigration. He fierily describes how he'll secure the border and do other good things, but he never mentions the 20 ton elephants in the room: legalization and guest workers programs. Assuredly, some of the things he says are good: on the first video below he says he would "ban sanctuary cities" and "eliminate benefits for illegal...

Does Ted Cruz support amnesty? Part 1 (Texas, Senate, David Dewhurst) - 07/12/12

... David Dewhurst for U.S. Senate in Texas, and one recent poll shows Cruz ahead by 9 points (link). Cruz is a Tea Parties candidate, and if asked he'll say he opposes "amnesty". In fact, he says he's opposed to "amnesty" so much, I'm a little suspicious he doth protest too much. I've written literally thousands of posts about immigration since 2002, and I've seen how politicians try to fool voters...

Texas 2012 GOP platform goes "liberal" on immigration (IRCOT, Koch) - 06/09/12

The Texas GOP has passed their 2012 platform, and it includes an immigration plank that some will present as somewhat "liberal" or "lenient". But, those aren't the correct words. The Texas GOP's new policy is better described as friendly to corrupt businesses. They call for a guest workers program that sounds like the ones George W Bush proposed during his terms in office. And, the group behind...

Full text: Texas in-state tuition for illegal aliens law (Rick Perry, Texas Education Code 54.052 j) - 10/02/11

... Rick Perry signed into law a Texas bill that lets illegal aliens get college educations in Texas at the in-state rate. What many might not know is that the bill he signed lets illegal aliens deprive some citizens of college. For an explanation, see the DREAM Act page; that's mostly about the national bill but the same process applies. The bill that Perry signed is summarized in this PDF from the...

Most new Texas jobs went to immigrants, legal and illegal (Rick Perry; who to blame; what to do) - 09/22/11

... most of the new jobs created in Texas - Rick Perry's "Texas Miracle" - went to immigrants and not native-born workers. And, about half of those immigrants who got jobs are illegal aliens. This is somewhat bad news for Rick Perry, despite the fact that he's only partly responsible. Below I'll tell you who should bear most of the responsibility and what you can do about this. First, here are some...

Texas Teaparty groups pressure Rick Perry on immigration (sanctuary cities) - 09/19/11

... stage a news conference at the Texas Capitol on Monday urging Perry to enact a ban on so-called “sanctuary cities,” municipalities where they say local police are required to take a lax attitude toward the enforcement of federal immigration laws. The activists will distribute a letter, signed by more 3,000 people, asking the governor to either call a special session of the Legislature or sign an...

Rick Perry: no to full border fence; re-uses "ladder business" line like Janet Napolitano and Bill Richardson - 09/04/11

Speaking in New Hampshire, Texas governor Rick Perry said this (link): "No, I don't support a fence on the border," he said, while referring to the long border in Texas alone. "The fact is, it's 1,200 miles from Brownsville to El Paso. Two things: How long you think it would take to build that? And then if you build a 30-foot wall from El Paso to Brownsville, the 35-foot ladder business gets real...

CIS: Immigrants use welfare at higher rate than natives - 04/06/11

... rates are Arizona (62 percent); Texas, California, and New York (61 percent); Pennsylvania (59 percent); Minnesota and Oregon (56 percent); and Colorado (55 percent). Per this: Some immigrant-advocacy groups criticized the report, saying it was engineered to inflame anti-immigrant sentiment by making an unequal comparison between immigrant households, which tend to be low-income, and all native...

Interior Dep't environmental regulations hampering Border Patrol (Rob Bishop, HR 5016) - 09/08/10

... situation in Arizona with that in Texas where most land is private, which makes some sense. And, he says that Rep. Raul Grijalva - someone on the opposite side from Bishop - "seems to be primarily interested in representing Mexican interests", something I've found to be true. (Unfortunately, the author tries to weave this into a larger libertarian-oriented framework against redistributionism and...

Michigan, eight other states file brief in support of Arizona immigration law - 07/15/10

... South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas and Virginia, as well as the Northern Mariana Islands... "By lawsuit, rather than by legislation, the federal government seeks to negate this preexisting power of the states to verify a person's immigration status and similarly seeks to reject the assistance that the states can lawfully provide to the Federal government," the brief states.

Claim: under 50,000 troops and $3 billion a year would secure the border (Rep. John Carter) - 06/19/10

Rep. John Carter of Texas offers a long article about secure the border (for real) here. Bottom line: Taking all the data into consideration, a deployment of somewhere between 25-to-50,000 troops would secure our 2,000 mile southern border immediately. Cost estimates range around $3 billion per year, a small fraction of the current $78 billion taxpayer cost of illegal immigration, even after...

Hundreds of possibly terrorism-linked Somalis crossed the border illegally - 05/27/10

... Homeland Security is alerting Texas authorities to be on the lookout for a suspected member of the Somalia-based Al Shabaab terrorist group who might be attempting to travel to the U.S. through Mexico, a security expert who has seen the memo tells FOXNews.com. The warning follows an indictment unsealed this month in Texas federal court that accuses a Somali man in Texas of running a "large-scale...

Texas: almost 60% of public school children are poor; half Hispanic; more non-English fluent - 01/03/10

... offers this: Almost six out of 10 Texas public schoolchildren hail from low-income families, marking a troubling spike in poverty over the last decade, a new state report finds. The increase coincides with a significant jump in the number of Hispanic students, while fewer Anglo students were enrolled last year than 10 years ago, according to the study by the Texas Education Agency. Schools also...

Ohio, Illinois, NY, NJ, Penn to lose political power due to massive immigration (House seats; also: IA, LA, MA, MI, MN, MO) - 11/19/09

... here): States gaining House seats: Texas (+4), Arizona (+2), Florida (+1), Georgia (+1), Nevada (+1), Oregon (+1), South Carolina (+1), and Utah (+1). States losing House seats: Ohio (-2), Illinois (-1), Iowa (-1), Louisiana (-1), Massachusetts (-1), Michigan (-1), Minnesota (-1), Missouri (-1), New Jersey (-1), New York (-1), and Pennsylvania (-1). If you're located in one of the states in the...

Jordanian accused in Dallas skyscraper bomb plant is illegal alien; student visa or border? - 09/25/09

From this: [Hosam Maher Husein Smadi], a Jordanian national, was arrested Thursday after federal officials said he placed what he believed to be an explosives-laden truck in a parking garage beneath the 60-story Fountain Place tower in Dallas. He was charges with trying to detonate a weapon of mass destruction and faces up to life in prison if convicted. ...In Jordan, Smadi's father insisted his...

El Paso: visitors waved through border, little or no screening, just like normal day - 04/28/09

... offers this report from El Paso, Texas: U.S. airport officials and border agents waved people through Monday with little or no additional screening for Mexico’s deadly swine flu - a far more muted reaction than the extreme caution elsewhere around the world. At the main pedestrian border crossing between El Paso and Mexico’s Ciudad Juarez, a handful of people wore protective masks and officials...

Johanna Neuman /LAT "speechless" about Asian name normalization to avoid confusion - 04/09/09

... "As Obama tackles immigration, Texas legislator suggests immigrants Americanize names" (link). The first part of it discusses the New York Times article about Obama pushing immigration "reform". I'll tell you something she didn't tell you about that. The second part concerns a suggestion that Asian-Americans normalize their names in order to avoid confusion when the government needs to identify...

Dallas School District laid off Americans while seeking H-1B workers (DISD) - 03/30/09

From this: About 50 [Texas] companies, along with [the Dallas Independent School District], applied for H-1B visas for jobs in Texas last year and then announced layoffs of thousands of workers in the state, a Dallas Morning News review of government databases shows... DISD had the most filings of any North Texas entity, with 380 requests for H-1B visas and five for permanent visas... "We're...

Most literate cities of 2008: NYC at #24, L.A. at #56 - 12/26/08

... Jersey; Riverside; and Plano, Texas. Important note: We did beat out Fresno, Stockton, and Bakersfield. Hold your heads high, Angelenos!

Hundreds arrested at Pilgrim's Pride plants (immigration raids, identity theft) - 04/16/08

... chicken processing plants in Texas, Tennessee, Arkansas, Florida, and West Virginia (link). The company participated in the E-Verify program and cooperated with Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The arrests were for identity theft and document fraud in addition to being illegal aliens and/or criminal aliens. There were also smaller, unconnected raids at Shipley Donuts in Houston (a...

Trans-Texas Corridor to extend south into Mexico - 09/10/07

... discussions with the state of Texas and top officials in the Bush administration to extend the Trans-Texas Corridor into Mexico, with a plan to connect through Monterrey to the deep-water Mexican ports on the Pacific, including Manzanillo and Lazaro Cardenas. The official website of the Mexican northeastern state of Nuevo Leon contain multiple reports that Jose Natividad Gonzales Paras,...

WTF: ADL's "No Place for Hate" campaign - 05/12/07

... trademarked by the way). Sugar Land, Texas was the latest to be converted, including asking his residents to sign an oversized "Resolution of Respect." [5] Earlier, a "Rally for Respect" was held; choose 'view image' on the center picture to see schoolkids holding up "Respect" signs. [6] [1] mma.org/index.php?option=com_content...

Texas Employers for Immigration Reform - 03/31/07

Site: txeir.org Association of Texas companies and groups calling for immigration "reform" (a massive amnesty) and a "guest" worker program. Chairman is Bill Hammond, president of the Texas Association of Business in Austin (Secretary calls for reform). Commerce chief defends raids Secretary calls for reform Their members are (as of March 30, 2007): Adams Insurance Services Alliance for...

LULAC, MALDEF, ACLU, business groups fight Texas immigration bills - 02/16/07

... coalition has been formed in Texas to fight state bills designed to reduce illegal immigration. The coalition is using the standard pretext that immigration is a federal responsibility. Of course, they realize that the feds have abrogated their responsibilities; were the feds to enforce the laws, they would push for more local control. Passing the buck to the federal government is the slimmest...

Enrique Morones, Nativo Lopez on "Migrant March II" - 02/02/07

... leaders will drive to Brownsville, Texas, and back, meeting along the way with community leaders and residents in cities along the border, organizers said. Exactly one year ago, advocates led a similar caravan to push their agenda for comprehensive immigration reform that includes a path to legalization for the nation's estimated 12 million illegal immigrants. This time the goals are the...

Macquarie buys Texas newspaper chain (Trans-Texas Corridor) - 01/28/07

... company will operate the Trans-Texas Corridor, and one of Macquarie's subsidiaries has just bought a chain of 40 small Texas newspapers, some of which were critical of the TTC. Dallas Morning News President Jeremy L. Halbreich started the chain, and he'll stay on in a management capacity. Now, certainly, this could just be a decision based on the profitability of that chain. Or, it could be an...