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The Brief: Perry Endorses Against Stickland in Hot House Race

Rep. Jonathan Stickland R-Bedford speaks during the Texas Tax Day Tea Party Rally at the Texas Capitol on April 15th, 2015

Former Gov. Rick Perry made headlines Tuesday with his decision to endorse a primary challenger to tea party firebrand state Rep. Jonathan Stickland, R-Bedford.

On one level, Perry’s decision to endorseScott Fisher is a personal one. Fisher, a Bedford pastor, was a Perry appointee to the Texas Ethics Commission and the Texas Youth Commission. As the Tribune’s Jim Malewitz reported, Perry has ………… read more here.

by John Reynolds

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Special Agent Gus Gonzalez leaned back in the front seat of his truck to get a better angle with his camera. It was December 5, 2011, a chilly day for a stakeout in subtropical South Texas. He’d been waiting for hours in the parking lot of an Academy sporting goods store in Brownsville. A few miles away, across the river in Mexico, a war over drugs and money raged. U.S. residents, paid by the cartels, were supplying most of the guns and ammunition.

Gonzalez and his partner, both agents with a federal law enforcement division called Homeland Security Investigations, had gotten a tip that two men they had been investigating would be buying bulk ammunition that day at the store, so they had staked out the parking lot to take photos and gather evidence. The day dragged on and the suspects still hadn’t shown. But now, Gonzalez couldn’t believe what he was seeing through the viewfinder of his camera. It was Manny Peña, a career U.S. Customs inspector. Back in Gonzalez’s days at U.S. Customs, he had worked  …… read more here.

By Melissa del Bosque and Patrick Michels

Texas AG: State ‘Stuck With No Control’ of Refugee Resettlement

By Sandy Fitzgerald

Texans are “stuck with no control” over the refugees coming into their state, and Attorney General Ken Paxton said Thursday state leaders are concerned the same situation going on in Europe will happen in the United States.

“If you think about it, what is the best way for a terrorist to get into the country?” Paxton commented on Fox News’ “Fox & Friends.” “It is through this type of program, where we literally know nothing about these people. Yet we don’t know anything about these people because they are not in our database.

Texas has sued the federal government to try to stop refugees from being placed in the state, but federal law controls the issue, Paxton said.

Texas has sued the federal government to try to stop refugees from being placed in the state, but federal law controls the issue, Paxton said.

“We have been stuck with no control over who is coming to our state,” Paxton said. “We don’t know anything about them as they come.”

In addition, taxpayers in Texas are left footing the bill to care for refugees that are left in their state, Paxton said.

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