Conaway, Birdwell address border security

August 6, 2014

U.S. Rep. Mike Conaway (R-Midland) issued a statement Friday regarding passage in the House of two border security bills.

“The bills provide Border Patrol agents the immediate tools they need to address the crisis at our border,” Conaway said.

One bill provides more funding for border security, and the other helps expedite the deportation of minors from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.

However, according to Reuters news service, the bills have little chance of becoming law and primarily are aimed at helping Republicans in the mid-term elections.

Conaway, who represents District 11 and is unopposed on the November ballot, said the legislation is in the best interest of American citizens, as well as children who are being sent by their parents “on a dangerous and illegal trek to the United States.”

State Sen. Brian Birdwell (R-Granbury) also recently released a statement after Gov. Rick Perry, Lieutenant Gov. David Dewhurst and House Speaker Joe Straus directed the Texas Department of Public Safety to increase efforts to secure the state’s southern border.

Birdwell said the issue is not “simply a humanitarian crisis.”

“The federal government has knowingly refused to uphold its constitutional obligation to secure our borders and enforce the law,” Birdwell said. “Furthermore, it has created an incentive for tens of thousands of non-citizens – largely women and children – to cross illegally into Texas, knowing that our policy is to simply release them with an unenforceable ‘notice to appear’ before an immigration judge.

“While this issue is deeply troubling in its own right, I am even more concerned about the inability of our overwhelmed Border Patrol agents to stop the entry into Texas by those who wish to do our citizens harm.”

The Senate District 22 representative said he looks forward to addressing the situation during the 84th legislative session.

Next week, on Aug. 11, members of the Hood County Tea Party will carpool to the Palace Theatre in Grapevine to hear Brandon Darby, managing director of Brietbart Texas, speak about border security.

The event is being sponsored by the North East Tarrant Tea Party.

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