12:33 pm CST - July 22, 2014
Posted under Quotes
“It bothers me when I hear, ‘It’s the federal government’s job,’ … We live here.”
Texas Insider Report: HIDALGO, Texas –
“The water level varies a lot depending on the time of year. There’s been times when you could walk from that (Mexico) side to this (U.S.) side on the bottom of the riverbed,” says Othal Brand Jr.
“We’ve had trafficking … when it first started it was mostly drug trafficking, human trafficking. And then, it turned to children, families.
“Last year we found eight bodies in the river here. Four of them had no heads. None of them drowned.” says Brand, who is president of the Hidalgo County Water Improvement District 3, and whose father was mayor of McAllen, Texas, for 20 years in the heart of the Rio Grande Valley.
Partly thanks to Brand and the Water District’s efforts, the District 3 pumping facility may be the most secure section along the 1,896-mile Rio Grande River.
It is the main provider of drinking water for the City of McAllen, and its approximately 135,000 residents. Continue Reading.
Vulnerable Dems huddle over health changes
Texas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. — Ahead of yet another major announcement about changes to ObamaCare (the Affordable Care Act,) the Obama Administration recently took the rare step of naming more than a dozen Democrats it had worked with “in close consultation.” All of the Democrats the White House cited are up for re-election in 2014, and most are either vulnerable, or find themselves early targets by the GOP for their past support of ObamaCare. Read More
Cyber-Security bill could chill news reporting
Texas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. — “In sum, the CyberSecurity Information Sharing Act of 2014 would enable the federal government to do an end-run around the Constitution, and existing privacy laws,” said the Sunshine in Government Initiative’s letter to Senate Select Intelligence Committee Chairman Dianne Feinstein, Vice Chairman Saxby Chambliss and all other committee members. Calling the proposal overly broad, the Sunshine in Government group says the bill would chill news-gathering based on confidential sources, and remove meaningful judicial oversight.
Protecting our country means knowing who, and what comes across our borders.
By Congressman Mac Thornberry
Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – The facts show that the current increases of unaccompanied children and minors flooding our southern border are connected to the Obama Administration’s announcement of DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, in June 2012. DACA provides certain children temporary protection from deportation, which helps fuel the misconception that if people send their children to America, they can come and stay. But if we are unable to control the border, we put the safety of our own people at risk. Read More
Is Texas again at forefront of space exploration?
By Leonard David Texas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has approved a SpaceX launch site on privately owned property in Cameron County, Texas. The decision provides final environmental approval of launch licenses or experimental permits to allow Space Exploration Technologies Corp., or SpaceX, to launch a variety of re-usable suborbital vehicles, placing Cameron County, Texas at the forefront of future space exploration. Read More
No recording devices, No questions, No interacting with staff or children
Texas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services invited selected media outlets to tour its Ft. Sill, Oklahoma, holding facility last week to learn first-hand about its operations. But in light of recent national attention being drawn to the federal government’s handling of unaccompanied children, the proposed tour came with a long list of conditions, including: Read More
Americans should reject false choice of either ‘Comprehensive Reform’, or nothing at all
By Cameron Smith
Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – By circumventing immigration law, President Obama has encouraged even more unlawful immigration. In response, America has the choice to either create yet another incentive for unlawful activity by caring for immigrant children and attending to their health needs, or appearing inhumane and uncaring by not doing so.
We have a serious immigration problem, and we need practical solutions. Read More
Florida’s biggest Health Insurer signals Rate Hikes
By Phil Galewitz, Kaiser Health News
Texas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. — Florida Blue, the state’s dominant health insurer, snagged more than 1-in-3 consumers on the health law’s exchange this year, but many could face rate hikes, said the company’s top executive. “It is far from clear that large enrollment in the marketplace is a financially beneficial place to be,” CEO Patrick Geraghty says in an interview. Read More
If only the stupid public realized how great ObamaCare is
By Geoffrey Dickens
Texas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. — They predicted Americans would embrace ObamaCare once they experienced it. Respected media outlets even claimed it would “reduce the deficit.” They warned any obstruction of ObamaCare by conservatives, the Tea Party, or Republicans in Congress would result in the death of children and the end of America as a “world power.” The following is a Top 10 List of the Worst Liberal Media Quotes Pushing ObamaCare. Read More
Perry, Dewhurst, Straus direct further state resources to DPS
By Texas House Speaker Joe Straus
Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – Since I became Speaker of the Texas House in 2009, the Texas House has tripled the amount of resources devoted to border security. While the federal government tries to get a handle on this problem, Texas is taking action. Further, the Obama Administration can, and should stem this tide of migration by enforcing the nation’s immigration laws. Read More
“Permisos” to travel wherever desired in U.S. hindering Border Operations
By State Rep. Dan Flynn
Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – There was no denying the energy in the room as Steve McCraw (left,) Texas’ Director of the Department of Public Safety (DPS) talked about the crises situation of Texas-Mexico border operations. Testifying that circumstances on the border change by the hour, McCraw offered a candid, detailed and factual analysis of what Texas is facing since Gov. Rick Perry, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and Speaker Joe Straus issued a “surge” of DPS troopers to the southern border … at the cost of nearly $1.3 million a week. Read More
10:52 am CST - July 21, 2014
Posted under Opinion
Texas must take action on Migrant Children Crisis
By Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) & Cong. Henry Cuellar (D-TX)
Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – It is no secret that we come from different political parties, and differ on many issues. But we are Texans and we know that with the responsibility of public office comes the duty to take action when others will not – to find solutions for the problems facing our state.
Texas stands at the epicenter of a growing humanitarian crisis. Continue Reading.
10:33 am CST - July 14, 2014
Posted under Opinion
Look Who’s Arriving on the NAFTA Train
By Phyllis Schlafly
Americans have been aghast at the sight of unending waves of people, ranging in age from babes in arms to tough tattooed teenage young men. The trip north is no joyride, riding on the top of moving freight cars for hundreds of miles, preyed on by bandits. Those who take this harrowing trip call it La Bestia (the Beast) or the Train of Death.
How were these desperately poor people able to travel the distance of over a thousand miles from their homes in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador to the U.S. border? Continue Reading.
12:35 pm CST - June 20, 2014
Posted under Opinion
“… he should start enforcing all U.S. immigration laws.”
By Sen. John Cornyn
Over the past several months, 10′s of 1,000′s of unaccompanied minors – almost all of them from Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, or Mexico — have been detained at our southern border while crossing illegally into the United States. A large percentage have been found in the Rio Grande Valley region of South Texas.
Sadly, this ongoing humanitarian crisis is very much a man-made crisis. More specifically, it is a direct result of President Obama’s misguided immigration policies. Continue Reading.
1:46 pm CST - July 23, 2014
Posted under Cartoons