Perry: ISIS Has (Maybe) Entered Texas Through Mexico Border

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If you live in Texas, ISIS might be a real threat--at least according to Gov. Rick Perry.

At an immigration forum in Washington on Thursday, and in a subsequent statement shot out by his federal political action committee, RickPAC, Perry stated that people affiliated with the extremist Islamic State of Iraq and Syria may have already capitalized on the United States' loosely-secured southern border with Mexico, using it to enter US soil.

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Perry Isn't Giving National Guard Troops Arresting Power, and That's for the Best

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As we continue to follow Gov. Rick Perry's quest to stay viable as GOP 2016 White House contender, we have to wonder how he has actually convinced himself that putting a whole bunch of armed people on the border is in any way a good idea.


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Perry Sends 1,000 Troops to Border, But Not Because of Flood of Children, Apparently

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Rick Perry and many of his GOP brethren support the idea of beefed up security along the Texas-Mexico border. Because the Obama administration has failed to act, Perry says, he must do it himself. On Monday, he ordered 1,000 National Guard troops to deploy along the border in something he is calling "Operation Strong Safety," a slogan his predecessor in the governor's mansion no doubt would have loved. What exactly is strong safety anyway?

While those who have been clamoring for a greater response to cross-border incursions by criminals, cartels and plain old immigrants are applauding Perry's response -- nevermind his sticking it to Obama approach -- most experts wonder if it will do much good given the vast size of the Texas border, and whether or not resources like the National Guard should be used to further what many believe is simply a political agenda.

But, the more interesting question is one of timing.

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Texas Nationalists to Stage Border Protests Saturday, Just Not on the Border

Categories: Immigration

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Yee haw.
The Texas Nationalist Movement is calling for a National Day of Action Saturday, July 19 and demanding the government take action on the looming border crisis. The group will be demonstrating throughout Texas as part of their protests against what they call an "invasion," something they believe is being encouraged by the Obama administration.

According to a press release, the group is "a grassroots organization seeking Texas independence from the United States." Yes, because secession will solve ALL our border problems. The protests, while aimed squarely at our southern border, won't actually take place on the border. The closest announced protest location is in Hondo, which is just west of San Antonio and about 140 miles from Laredo.

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Group Says League City Undocumented Kids Resolution Also Anti-Muslim

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Tell us.
According to the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the recently adopted League City resolution banning undocumented immigrants from using city services also contains language suggesting closing the borders to Mexico is about more than keeping out impoverished children.

In an op-ed piece in the Galveston Daily News, the group's Houston communications coordinator Ruth Nasrullah, points out additional language in the resolution singling out possible Islamic terrorism as an additional reason for the resolution.

The resolution contains a clause which states that "members of dangerous transnational criminal organizations and radical Islamic terror groups continue to exploit the situation to infiltrate the United States for the purpose of establishing criminal activity, terror cells, and training operations within our homeland."

Specifically identifying "radical Islamic terror groups" gives the false and unfair impression that Muslims constitute a particular threat.

The full text of Nasrullah's piece can be found on the group's Facebook page.

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League City Says No to Undocumented Kids

Categories: Immigration

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A Salvadorian child gets treated during a 2010 stop by a California medical combat troop. Many of the children flooding into southwest Texas are from Central America.
Real classy of League City council to adopt a resolution this week basically telling the federal government to not even think about sending any unaccompanied minors to be housed or processed there. Other places like Dallas have pitched in and agreed to take in several hundred kids, and even Houston, which is open to the idea in addition to organizations here already doing work in sheltering and transporting these youth.

Some of these minors we hear can be as young as 4 years old.

League City just doesn't want those disease carrying critters being brought to their town, or so we think that's some of the backroom talk that must have gone on to get this resolution on the table. According to reports it's a concern about health, city officials said, even though most of these kids are evaluated for infections during and before the whole sheltering process, and yes, a few have had the H1N1 virus. It's not in epic proportions, though. Well, not yet, anyway.

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Perry Sits, but Won't Shake, for Obama

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Gov. Rick Perry -- who apparently still holds presidential ambitions of his own -- gets to be the guy who forced President Obama to bend to his will. Like any politician, Perry has a few tricks up his sleeve, but it seems he does not shake on command.

When Air Force One touches down in Austin on Wednesday morning, Perry will not be there to greet the President.


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Texas Republican Thinks Cutting Aid to Central America Will Cut Immigration Influx Problem

Categories: Immigration

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Rep. Weber, center, is all about taking the lead.

With an influx of women and children coming to the United States illegally from Central America, more money might soon be spent domestically while cutting down foreign aid.

United States Representative Randy Weber (R-Friendswood) on Monday introduced H.R. 5014, the Illegal Entry Accountability Act of 2014, which would hold Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador accountable for illegal immigration by immediately suspending all U.S. foreign aid to those countries until Congress decides on how to stem the issue.


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"The Rooster" Is Back in Houston, This Time Against His Will

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A Mexican national notorious for trafficking women in the Houston area landed in the United States yesterday and will face charges from the U.S. Attorney's Office relating to his smuggling of women.

Gerardo Salazar, 47, of Mexico City, arrived in Houston yesterday after being arrested in Mexico. He will make his initial appearance before a U.S. Magistrate Judge Friday.


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Perry Joins Parker for Human Trafficking Campaign Kick-Off at City Hall

Categories: Immigration

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State political and law enforcement leaders gathered to talk about a campaign against human trafficking.
"Human trafficking is a crime that impacts communities around the world. Unfortunately, in the U.S., our state ranks second in number of calls to the human trafficking hotline, next to California, and most of the calls from Texas come from Houston," Mayor Annise Parker said today at a gathering of local officials.

The comments were part of a human trafficking awareness campaign kick-off press conference attended by Gov. Rick Perry. While the message has been the same for years now, it's the delivery system to keep the crime constantly in the daily conversation that's different.

With the support of the Outdoor Advertising Association of Texas and Clear Channel Outdoor North American more than a dozen Texas cities will display public service billboards.

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