Weekly Newsletter – April 21st

Welcome to your weekly Texans for Strong Borders Newsletter. Here is everything you need to know about the fight to end illegal immigration into the state of Texas:

Texas Senate Committee on Border Security Hears Legislation to Finish Trump’s Wall and Declare an Invasion at the Texas Border

Prior to the filing deadline for this 88th legislative session, Texans for Strong Borders laid out an expansive priority list that (if all were implemented) would operationally end illegal immigration into Texas. It would also decrease the number of illegal aliens making their way into the greater United States (Texas is the leading state for illegal border crossings) as they hear of the restrictions Texas has enforced.

This is why TFSB designated Repelling the Invasion and Finishing Trump’s Border Wall as our number one and number four priorities, respectively. 

Texas State Senator Brandon Creighton (R-Conroe) authored SB 1481 and SCR 29 which would accomplish both of these TFSB priorities if passed. 

SB 1481 would give the Texas Facilities Commission the power of eminent domain over real property to prevent human trafficking and illegal aliens from entering the US, among other reasons, to construct and finish Trump’s border wall.

SCR 29 invokes the state of Texas’ constitutional right to repel the invasion at the Texas border under Article I, Section 10 of the US Constitution and cites the Federal Government’s failure to uphold their duty to protect states from invasion under Article IV, Section 4 of the US Constitution. It also references Section 4, Article 7 of the Texas Constitution which states the Governor is the “Commander-in-Chief of the Texas Military forces” and has the power to “repel invasions.”

While laying out his legislation before the Border Security committee, Senator Creighton had the following to say: “As long as drugs and caravans of people can cross our border over hundreds of miles from our ports of entry, we have modern day slavery…either it’s a priority to stop this from happening or it’s not.”

We wholeheartedly believe it is a priority for everyday Texans, therefore both should be swiftly passed out of committee.

Cutting Off the Magnets: The Legislature is Slow Walking E-Verify and Upholding In-State Tuition for Illegal Aliens

And now let’s talk about magnets, more specifically, jobs and in-state tuition. TFSB believes we need to mandate E-Verify to ensure that Texas jobs are reserved for legal citizens and reserve in-state tuition for Texans only. 

SB 1621 by Sen. Lois Kolhorst and HB 3846 by Rep. Steve Toth would mandate E-Verify for all.

HB 3280 by Rep. Terri Leo-Wilson would effectively end in-state tuition for illegal aliens in Texas colleges and universities. 

Of these three bills, only SB 1621 has received a hearing but it still has not received a vote in committee. We need our legislators to step and put Texans first by giving each of these bills a hearing and passing them out of committee.

Remember, deportation and physical deterrents, when fortified and enforced at their most strict level, do disincentivize illegal immigration into any territory but we also need to cut off any and all magnets that attract illegal aliens into our country and state in the first place.

The Republican Chairman of the House Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee Raises Eyebrows with Recent Legislative Actions

The Chairman on the House Committee over Homeland Security and Public Safety Ryan Guillen (R-Rio Grande City), who was a Democrat until he switched in the interim between this session and the last, has not been favorable to the cause of Border Security from the perspective of disinvitation.

Guillen has not only prompted votes but has voted multiple bills out of committee that would allow former illegal aliens and non-citizens to become peace officers in the state of Texas. He went as far as signing on to co-author one of the bills and has chosen to give HB 3175 by Rep. John Bucy (D-Cedar Park), which would allow for non-citizens to renew their driver’s license in the state of Texas, a hearing. 

Chairman Guillen’s actions do not fall in line with the Republican Party of Texas legislative priority that thousands of Texas Republican delegates put forth last June of ‘Securing the Border and Protecting Texans’ which states: 

“Texas shall immediately deny all taxpayer funded services and subsidies to illegal aliens. We call upon the Governor to assert his duty under Article 1, Section 10, Clause 3 of the US Constitution to declare an invasion on our Texas border and do everything in his power to protect Texans from this invasion. The legislature shall direct the Governor to enter into an Interstate Compact with one or more states for Border Security.”

These actions cannot continue which is why we are asking you to call Chairman Guillen’s office and ask him to leave HB 3175 pending in committee for the rest of session once the hearing on the bill commences this upcoming Tuesday, April 25th.

CALL NOW: (512) 463-0416

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