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Left In Texas: Trains, Planes and Machine Gun Boats

by: Joe Deshotel

Sun Aug 03, 2014 at 05:04 PM CDT

We're back after our most popular episode so far! Thanks for joining us for a wrap up of Texas politics for the week of July 30th.

In episode 30 Imad and I discuss the proposals for urban rail in Austin and a high speed bullet train from Houston to Dallas.

We cover the continuously unfolding situation on the Texas-Mexico border, and far beyond.

You'll also get to find out which Texas state rep.'s now infamous faux pas, made in reference to our neighbors to the east, has him under threat of a lawsuit.

Listen to the full episode below the jump!

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Backlog of Immigration Cases Fueled by Republicans

by: Progress Texas

Mon Jul 28, 2014 at 02:48 PM CDT

(Thanks to Progress Texas for continuing to highlight the role that Republicans' refusal to fill our courts is playing in the current refugee crisis. - promoted by Katherine Haenschen)

undefinedA massive backlog in immigration courts, fueled by years of Republicans refusing to approve funding for more judges, is complicating the government's decision of what to do with 57,000 child refugees who have come to America seeking asylum.

Whether it was sequestration, refusing to approve an immigration bill, or not agreeing to White House budget requests, Republicans have repeatedly refused to approve enough funding for more judges to hear immigration cases, creating an 18-month backlog for certain cases.

Read more below the jump.

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Rep. Louie Gohmert Urges Texas to Declare War, "Use Whatever Means" to Stop Child Refugee Invasion

by: Katie Singh

Thu Jul 17, 2014 at 01:00 PM CDT

To no one's surprise, Texas Republican congressman Louie Gohmert is back in the news after making some ridiculous, racially offensive comments on the House floor last week. This time, he provided his opinion on how Texas should address the humanitarian crisis at the border.

Last Friday in the House, Gohmert spoke out against the $3.7 billion in emergency funds President Obama requested to address the border crisis. He called Texas "a state that is being invaded [by]...more than twice as many than invaded France on D-Day," and urged Rick Perry "to use whatever means, whether it's troops, even using ships of war," to stop the invasion.

Most of the children who have been apprehended at the border are under ten years old. According to Louie Gohmert, these young children are comparable to soldiers invading the beaches of Normandy, and Texas should send warships to fight them.

And this wasn't even the worst of Louie Gohmert's invasion rhetoric.

Read Gohmert's full suggestion to declare war after the jump.

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Rick Perry Blames President Obama for Refugee Crisis, But GOP House Won't Pass Immigration Reform

by: Joe Deshotel

Wed Jul 09, 2014 at 04:57 PM CDT

As the GOP's anti-immigration fervor reaches a fever pitch they are making even Glenn Beck seem like a candidate for the Humanitarian of the Year award.

Governor Perry has now called for the federal government to immediately deport all unaccompanied minors while also demanding that aid to their home countries be cut off until they stop appearing at the US border.

Beck told The Blaze of his plans to bring soccer balls, teddy bears and water to the border, "I've never taken a position more deadly to my career than this - and I have never, ever taken a position that is more right than this." It is enough to make you wonder where all the supposed pro-life politicians in GOP have gone.

The harsh rhetoric coming from the Texas GOP Congressional delegation might explain why Beck fears for his career -- see what they're saying below the jump...

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Rick Perry Snubs Obama, Refuses to Greet Him When President Lands in Texas

by: Katie Singh

Wed Jul 09, 2014 at 09:00 AM CDT

Governor Rick Perry, who has been leading the charge to blame President Obama for the current border crisis, has extended his petty behavior to the President's upcoming trip to Texas this week.

President Obama invited Perry to greet him upon his arrival at the Austin airport on Wednesday--but Perry refused. Said Perry:

"I appreciate the offer to greet you at Austin-Bergstrom Airport, but a quick handshake on the tarmac will not allow for a thoughtful discussion regarding the humanitarian and national security crises enveloping the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas. I would instead offer to meet with you at any time during your visit to Texas for a substantive meeting to discuss this critical issue."

The Obama administration has not been taking Rick Perry's concerns very seriously, with good reason, since most are just political talking points without substance. It seems like Perry thought the administration would continue to ignore him, and he could score political points with future 2016 primary voters by making a fuss about refusing to shake hands with Obama.

Instead, the Obama administration called his bluff.

Read how the President called out Rick Perry after the jump.

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Dallas County to Provide Shelter to 2,000 Immigrant Children

by: Emily Cadik

Mon Jun 30, 2014 at 05:00 PM CDT

Over the past few months, the border patrol in South Texas has been overwhelmed by a surge of unaccompanied children from Central America. Many are fleeing violence and/or attempting to rejoin other family members already in the U.S. Government officials are estimating that as many as 70,000 children will cross the border by the end of the year.

Rather than leave these children in overrun facilities, Dallas County has announced that it will house 2,000 immigrant children that are currently being held by the Department of Homeland Security along the Mexican border, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins announced at the Texas Democratic Convention this weekend.

"I support increased security at the border," Jenkins said, "But that doesn't take care of the women and children already here." Calling the situation on the border a "humanitarian crisis," Jenkins described the move as one from "incarceration on our border to compassionate care in Dallas County."

There's more after the jump.

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Why a Special Session Would Be Awkward For Rick Perry

by: Joe Deshotel

Tue Jun 24, 2014 at 07:18 PM CDT

It seems unlikely that Senator Wendy Davis and Tea Party Republican Jonathan Stickland would agree on something but the humanitarian crisis of thousands of unaccompanied children flooding across the Texas border has prompted them both to implore Governor Rick Perry to call a special session to address the issue.

So far Perry has not heeded that call, and it would probably not be good news for the Texas GOP or Perry's presidential aspirations if he did.

For starters, Perry is just finishing a round of cringe worthy appearances on national TV trying to explain his comparison of homosexuality to alcoholism, and his party's addition of "gay conversion therapy" to its platform. So, the last thing the Texas GOP needs right now is a deep examination of its immigration policy, which would surely be dominated by the most extreme and conservative members of the Tea Party.

See reason number 2 why Perry won't want to call a special session that could affect his run for the White House...

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Texas Medical Association Calls on Rick Perry to Give Medical Aid for Border Refugees

by: Katie Singh

Tue Jun 24, 2014 at 00:00 PM CDT

As the humanitarian crisis along the Texas-Mexico border worsens, public health is becoming an increasingly important concern. Many refugees may not be immunized against infectious diseases, and as they move beyond detention centers into Texas and beyond, there is a risk of spreading contagious diseases like pertussis and measles. Because detention centers are currently so overwhelmed, many are unable to provide the medical care these refugees need.

It's a real public health concern, and the Texas Medical Association is speaking up to address it. In a statement released yesterday, TMA called on Governor Rick Perry and President Obama to provide medical aid to the refugees currently at the border.

In case you missed it, Governor Perry has responded to the crisis by blaming Obama and upping DPS border security. There has been no action to address the overcrowded, unsanitary conditions immigrants are facing at detention centers, or to provide them with medical care.

Read what TMA's request to Rick Perry after the jump.

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Sen. Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa Lauds DPS Funding to Address Influx of Immigrants in Rio Grande Valley

by: Katie Singh

Sat Jun 21, 2014 at 02:00 PM CDT

The Rio Grande Valley has always been home to many immigrants, but in recent weeks the region has seen a massive influx of immigrants, primarily from Central America. Up to 35,000 immigrants are arriving at the border per month, and the situation has gotten so bad that the Obama administration has called the situation as humanitarian crisis.

This week, Rick Perry, David Dewhurst, and Joe Straus jointly announced that they were directing DPS to start a "law enforcement surge along the Texas-Mexico border," that would last until the end of the year.

According to the McAllen Monitor, the program "will cost about $1.3 million per week and will last until the end of the year."

Local lawmakers have been doing their part to address the influx. Last week, Rep. Henry Cuellar met with families and Border Patrol agents to hear their concerns. In addition, Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa of SD-20, which represents much of the Rio Grande Valley, released a statement this week praising the general increase in DPS funding as ultimately beneficial to residents of the Rio Grande Valley.

Read what Sen. Hinojosa had to say after the jump.

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Young Republicans Struggle to Find Room Under Party's Shrinking Tent

by: Joe Deshotel

Thu Jun 12, 2014 at 01:30 PM CDT

photo: My FOX DFW
Young Conservatives have been venting their frustrations over tenets of their party's platform. Some of the changes made by the Texas GOP, especially its hard line on immigration and 'reparative therapy' for homosexuals, have dominated the state's political news since the convention last weekend.

The common remedy provided by the young Republicans can be summed up as "brevity." The suggestion was that the platform should be a more broad statement of beliefs. Ironically though, even with "freedom" as a battlecry, the platform details just how much the Tea Party really wants to regulate liberty, and just how uninviting it is to the diversity that makes up the state of Texas.

See what the Young Republicans in Texas and Florida have said below the jump...

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