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Op-Ed: The United States of TEXAS

By Wilbur Witt
Governor Perry went to Japan this week, and he gave a speech which
began with, “Texas is not a nation.” What is a nation? The definition has
been refined until nations look like the serving line at McDonalds. With
well defined borders, except when it comes to Texas, they seem to have
overlooked that one, an official language, oops, and people that pretty much
look alike, struck out on that one too. Ok, let’s start over. A nation is a
bunch of people who think they’re running the show. There!

Texas has always run its own show. That’s what makes us stand out. The
very fact that Perry, a lame duck governor, was even IN Japan at all to
speak is proof that the world sees the United States, and then they see
Texas, and never the two will mix. Our flag is recognized all over the world
and the reputation of Texans is famous. Even Billy the Kid surrendered like
a school girl when Pat Garrett called out to him saying he had one hundred
and fifty TEXANS with him. The battle of the Alamo showed Texan resolve, and
the inability to count to five thousand. There was some idiot on Doc
Greene’s morning show yesterday going on about the “union” and preserving
it, and we’re all Americans. Well, I’m not an American, I’m a Texan and want
very little to do with anything dreamed up by a bunch of Yankees. Now,
some,of those Yankees were good. They weren’t born in Texas, but they got
here as fast as they could.

Texas always has been, and always will be independent. All the other
states are just states. A bunch of one hit wonders. Take Idaho for instance.
Their license plates had the term, “Famous Potatoes,” on it. We have,
“Remember the Alamo!” What have they got? “Remember the potatoes?” And
California! Oh, don’t get me started. Now Cali is diverse, I’ll give you
that, but it’s just plain weird out there. You know it’s true. Think of the
last five really weird things you read in the news and take a look at where
MOST of it came from. And now it’s fashionable to use the term, “California
Republic!” Where did THAT come from. You are a republic when you kick
another country’s butt and parade its president under an oak tree like a
…well, I won’t say that bad word. Let’s just say, “Female Dog,” ok?
Anyway, we DID that!

I’ve used the term Republic of Texas de facto before. What that means,
simply put is if it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, and looks like a
duck, then it MUST be a duck. Texas has always marched to the beat of its
own drummer. We now send so much money to the US it’s beginning to look like
foreign aid to a banana republic. QUACK!

So, I came  up with a solution to all of these problems. First, we move
the Capitol of the United States to Austin. Our building is taller than
theirs anyway,  and it’s not surrounded by a slum. Then we change the
national anthem to “The Eyes of Texas Are Upon You.” It’s a better song and
has a pertinent message. You have keep an eye on them Yankees all the time.
We also need to pull all the troops out of the Middle East and bring them
home. We’re going to need them…to invade Mexico. I’m so sick and tired of
seeing hordes of people flowing north across the border. Time we reversed
that, and see how they like it. It’ll be easy. Ain’t nobody down there but
the help.

I guess if he’s still in office we’ll probably have to bring Obama down
here, but we won’t let him run the government. We can put him in charge of
Thundercloud Subs IF he doesn’t try to turn it into a rib joint. Make Eric
Holder a border patrol guard. Give him a good look at all those guns he ran
to the cartels. Now Hillary’s not in office right now but idle hands are the
Devil’s tools so we can just fire the Chicken Ranch back up and put her in
charge of that. She can bring Bill along too.

And Governor Perry. He looks good. Can’t remember his lines too well,
but we got TelePrompTers  for that. Remember Vince? You know, “Follow me
camera guy.” Well Rick can do that really good. “I’m gonna take your water
fund and flush it down the toilette. Are you with me camera guy?”

We can rock along like that for say, fifty years. Run the whole shebang
from sixth street, basically. Steal all their money, wreck their health
care, put ‘em all on food stamps and we won’t HAVE to secede from the
Yankees. They’ll secede from US!

Feds Punish Business For Engaging In ‘Citizenship-Discrimination’

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A Texas catering business will pay the United States $26,400 for engaging in “citizenship-discrimination,” as part of a settlement with the Justice Department announced Tuesday.

Culinaire International unlawfully discriminated against employees based on their citizenship status, the Justice Department claimed, because it required non-citizen employees to provide extra proof of their right to work in the United States.

Culinaire has agreed to pay the United States $20,460 in civil penalties, receive training in anti-discrimination rules of the Immigration and Nationality Act, revise its work eligibility verification process, and create a $40,000 back pay fund for “potential economic victims.”

“Employers cannot discriminate against workers by requiring them to produce more documents than necessary in the employment eligibility verification and reverification processes,” Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights division, Molly Moran, said in a statement.

A lawful permanent resident’s card expires, but their right to work is permanent, and in this case Culinaire was requiring employees to present a renewed permanent resident card to be verified as work-eligible. The Justice Department claimed this violated a provision in the INA that prohibits employers from requiring extra documentation from non-citizen employees.

The Justice Department and Culinaire International did not immediately respond to request for comment.

More Restaurants Say Guns and Butter Don’t Mix

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What Happened: An increasing number of fast-casual restaurants and retail outlets are “respectfully” asking patrons to leave their guns at home when they dine. Panera Bread, with its 1,800 bakery-cafes spread across 45 states and Canada, is the latest to join this gun-free dining effort. On Monday its CEO Ron Staich asked customers to help keep the restaurant “an everyday oasis” and not let it become “a battleground for political opinion.”

The St. Louis-based Panera now joins Starbucks, Chipotle, Jack in the Box and other chains that have recently spread their “please come in and buy our food but don’t bring guns here” message. “We are building communities in our cafes where people come to catch a breath,” Staich told CNBC on Monday. That echoes the message Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz shared last September when he issued a “respectful request that customers no longer bring firearms into our stores or outdoor seating areas.”

In other words – guns and butter are now being served separately.

Related: Gun Control – The Second Amendment Gets a Second Look

Why It Matters. The request was naturally applauded by gun safety advocates, some of whom have been hard at work on this issue ever since the Sandy Hook school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, in 2012. Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, which is funded by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, was instrumental in convincing Panera to act The Christian Science Monitor reported. The group, which objects to support for open carry, is now approaching the Kroger grocery chain for gun-free zones as well.

Gun rights backers see the development quite differently – with some vowing not to patronize the “offending” restaurants. “I was just there [at Panera] yesterday but I sure won’t be there in the future,” one reader of the Lucianne website posted yesterday. Another wrote, “My wife and I were in one of their stores last Saturday and we were both armed, and here´s the secret – no one knew!” Still another wrote, “Every mass shooting has been in a gun free zone (regardless of how it is worded) and that leaves the client/customer vulnerable to a mass shooter.”

Related: The Army’s New Handgun: A Weapon for Criminals?

What It Means to You. Panera, Starbucks and others have stopped short of banning guns in their stores. Instead, they’re taking a middle-ground approach so as not to choose sides in the increasingly heated gun debate in this country. Neither are they publicizing their “requests” by posting signs or anything else – and they’re loathe to try to enforce the request. Target, which has also asked customers to leave weapons at home, does not post signs either.

So despite the polite requests to leave weapons at home, which excludes those carried by authorized law enforcement personnel – patrons are wise to understand this new effort as more a grassroots effort than anything hard-and-fast or enforceable.

By Maureen Mackey

The Fiscal Times

Armed citizen militias build up along US-Mexico border

Photo: Reuters/Rick Wilking

Armed militias continue to patrol the United States-Mexico border seeking to repel any migration north, but critics warn that these self-styled ‘freedom defenders’ lingering on private land represent a powder keg that could have “disastrous” consequences.

Near Brownsville, Texas, a group of private citizens simply known as the Patriots were invited to watch 21 acres of border land owned by Rusty Monsees. The group, Reuters reported, has been on the land since early summer, when news reports announced that unprecedented numbers of unaccompanied minors from Central America had crossed the border.

In the first half of 2014, around 52,000 children, among many others, attempted the trek, fleeing poverty, violence, and systemic abuse present in their home nations. Many have ended up warehoused in US military installations and other facilities awaiting their fate amongst an inhospitable, nativist climate. President Barack Obama has vowed some type of immigration reform via executive action in the face of an inert Congress. Yet Obama has said he will not move on reform until after congressional midterm elections in November.

The numerous militias along the border join the US Customs and Border Protection as well as theTexas National Guard. The Patriots Information Hotline, a networking call center, claims 22 groups of“armed patriots” are patrolling the border, from Texas to California.

The US Border Patrol has warned that armed vigilantes taking intimidation tactics too far could have “disastrous personal and public safety consequences.”

Yet the Patriots back in Brownsville insist the description “vigilante” is unfair, and that they are not itching to fire their high-powered firearms.

“Everybody has this bad taste in their mouth about ‘militias.’ They think we’re out here trying to smoke people and kill them as soon as they cross the border. Which obviously, is not the case,” said “Huggie Bear,” a member of the Patriots who is a former US Army infantry team leader.

“Our goal here is to try to deter them from coming. They see us, they don’t know who we are, so that kind of scares people away for a while,” he told Reuters.

Militia groups on the border have been invited by private landowners to patrol in certain areas, as is the case with the Patriots near Brownsville. Expenses are usually paid by the militia members, with sympathetic donors also offering support funding, according to Reuters.

Monsees said he asked for help on his border land given “illegals” have allegedly poisoned his dogs and shot at his house. “If they [the militia] leave, I’m dead,” he said.

Others in the area echo these sentiments, saying the militia groups give them a sense of peace.

“Whoever says there’s not a problem by the border wall, they don’t live out here,” said Fernando Rivera Jr., a property owner in Brownsville. Rivera said his son patrols the family’s backyard with a shotgun to deter what he calls criminals from crossing the border.

“Now, when they’re on patrol, it’s actually peaceful,” Rivera said. “The dogs don’t bark as much. I can actually get some sleep.”

The militaristic Patriots are also equipped with all-terrain vehicles, thick body armor, plastic handcuffs to detain migrants and communications equipment that can supposedly reach Border Patrol agents.

The only live fire the group has encountered, according to Reuters, was from Border Patrol, who thought an armed member of the Patriots was an undocumented immigrant. Once shots were fired, the Patriot reportedly dropped his firearm. No one was injured in the encounter.

The situation exemplifies the challenges and worries the militias pose to law enforcement.

“When there are situations with any individual who is bearing arms in public or on private property, there is always a concern amongst law enforcement of possible misidentification that can lead to friendly-fire tragedies,” said Eddie Guerra, sheriff of Hidalgo County in Texas.

Regardless, groups like the Patriots stay vigilant.

“If you spot them and shine your light on them, that lets them know that you’re there,” said Will, 25, who came from Indiana to join the Patriots. “Nine times out of 10, they’re not going to come over.

“Even if they are going to try to cross again, we’re still making it harder for them, and that’s the reason we’re here.”

By RT.com

Minutemen militia recruiting 3,500 volunteers to patrol US border

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The co-founder of an organization composed of armed Americans adamantly opposed to illegal immigration says he plans to recruit as many as 3,500 volunteers to participate in a massive border fortification next year.

Minutemen Project co-founder Jim Gilchrist announced earlier this month that he has begun planning for the event, “Operation Normandy,” to be waged on May 1, 2015 along what he calls the “porous areas” between San Diego, California and Brownsville, Texas.

“If you are familiar with the Normandy invasion of France in 1944, then you have an idea how large and logistically complicated this event will be,” Gilchrist wrote in an announcement on the Minutemen Project website. “However, there is one difference. We are not going to the border to invade anyone. We are going there to stop an invasion.”

“Operation Normandy will provide a vital defense against the waves of illegal aliens flooding over the border in search of welfare benefits, jobs and school places that rightfully belong to American citizens,”Gilchrist added“In the spirit of the original Minutemen, I believe the only solution is to once again defend our United States. Next May, I shall head to the Southern Border to stand against this invasion.”

Gilchrist co-founded the Minutemen Project activist organization in 2005, and soon after made headlines for the militia’s efforts to curb illegal immigration by hosting training sessions for recruits and sending armed volunteers to the border. Now in the midst of reports that more migrant children than ever are illegally crossing into the US in record numbers, Gilchrist says he wants his group to once again focus its energy on fortifying America’s southern border.

“Our federal, state and community governments have failed to address and fix this calamity. In the spirit of our nation’s Founding Fathers, it is once again time to bring unprecedented national awareness to the decades-long illegal alien crisis jeopardizing the United States,” Gilchrist wrote.

Unlike the historic landing at Normandy, however, Gilchrist likely won’t be surprising anyone if his plan to put militiamen on the border comes to fruition. The allied invasion during World War Two was largely a success, historians agree, due to the forces’ ability to plan and perfect an attack in utmost secrecy; in Gilchrist’s case, he’s giving advanced notice nearly a year in advance.

According to Gilchrist, “It will take 10 months to recruit, organize and launch this event.”

Speaking to KPHO-TV earlier this month, Gilchrist added that he doesn’t want his militiamen to act aggressively. Rather, he said, his group will only assist federal border agents overwhelmed by the influx of immigrants.

“You do not put a hand on anyone, you do not talk to anyone, you do not confront anyone,” Gilchrist told the network. “You report to Border Patrol.”

Earlier this month, US Customs and Border Protection issued a statement responding to similar announcements made by other Americans who’ve expressed interest in defending against an alleged “invasion.”

“Customs and Border Protection does not endorse or support any private group or organization from taking matters into their own hands as it could have disastrous, personal and public safety consequence,”it read in part. “CBP appreciates the efforts of concerned citizens as they act as our eyes and ears. Securing our nation’s borders can be dangerous. Interdicting narcotics and deterring and apprehending individuals illegally entering the US requires highly trained law enforcement personnel.”

And as for Gilchrist’s latest efforts, opponents are already chiming in to condemn his organization’s planned activities: his “Operation Normandy” initiative was profiled on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s “Hatewatch” blog this week, where earlier in the month the site spoke up against his “tendency toward delusional grandiosity.”

“The most chilling aspect of the possible involvement of the Minutemen in the increasingly tense fight over how US immigration officials handle the humanitarian crisis at the border involving large numbers of Central American children– who, under laws passed in 2002,cannot be immediately deported but must undergo complex hearings to determine if they warrant asylum – lies in their established track record,”the SPLC said earlier this month. Previously, former Minuteman leader Shawn Forde was charged with murdering a 9-year-old girl and her father, and another ex-affiliate is currently awaiting trial on three counts of child molestation.

According to US officials, upwards of 52,000 unaccompanied minors have crossed the Mexican border into the United States in southwest Texas in the first half of 2014.

By RT.com

Op-Ed: E-mail I sent to Governor Perry this morning.

By Wolf Seinfein

Dear Governor Perry, now that you a fellow Texan have become a victim of The Socialist Democratic Party North American Union, anti Constitutional Gun control agenda, maybe kind sir you will take a few minutes to reflect on U.S. and Texas History and Law in regards to the RIGHT to Keep and Bear Arms!

 

“Congress have no power to disarm the militia. Their swords, and every other terrible implement of the soldier, are the birth-right of an American … the unlimited power of the sword is not in the hands of either the federal or state governments, but, where I trust in God it will ever remain, in the hands of the people.” Tench Coxe in 1788

 

“That the people have a right to bear arms for the defense of themselves and their own state, or the United States, or for the purpose of killing game; and no law shall be passed for disarming the people or any of them.” Tench Coxe

 

“As civil rulers, not having their duty to the people, duly before them, may attempt to tyrannize, and as the military forces which shall be occasionally raised to defend our country, might pervert their power to the injury of their fellow-citizens, the people are confirmed by the next article in their right to keep and bear their private arms.” Tench Coxe

 

Constitution of the Republic of Texas (1836) Fourteenth. Every citizen shall have the right to bear arms in defense of himself and the Republic. The military shall at all times and in all cases be subordinate to the civil power. Constitution of the Confederate States of America, Constitution of the State of Texas (1861) SEC. 13. Every citizen shall have the right to keep and bear arms, in the lawful defense of himself or the State.

 

“Vote only for politicians who trust the people to own all types of firearms, and who have a strong pro-Second Amendment voting record. Anti-gun ownership politicians are very dangerous to a free society. Liberty and freedom can only be preserved by an armed citizenry. I see creeping fascism in America, just as in Germany, a drip at a time; a law here, a law there, all supposedly passed to protect the public. Soon you have total enslavement. Too many Americans have forgotten that tyranny often masquerades as doing good. This is the technique the Liberal politicians/Liberal media alliance are using to enslave America. Holocaust Survivor, Theodore Haas.” 1990 Interview!

 

“What may be the fate of this horrible contest none can foretell; but this much I will say: the fortunes of war may be adverse to our arms; you may carry desolation into our peaceful land, and with torch and firebrand may set our cities in flames … you may do all this, and more, but you never can subjugate us; you never can convert the free sons of the soil into vassals, paying tribute to your power; you never can degrade them to a servile and inferior race. Never! Never!” Senator Judah P. Benjamin

 

Perhaps Mr. Governor, you should open carry a black powder cap and ball revolver to work! If anytime was ripe to protest the gun control agenda it is when you yourself as the elected and beloved Governor of Texas have become victim to such bias unconstitutional laws!

 

As your constituent, I suggest you take off them California zombie left winger glasses and attend a Come and Take it open carry event or Open Carry Texas event. Shalom

 

***I thought of all people you would enjoy my presentation and delivery, I should have included CJ Grisham as a victim of unlawful State Capitol Gun Control, but thought of it after I composed the message!

 

The Open Carry Preacher never responds to my questions or messages in chat, when he is on air, so I don’t think he cares much for my input as a Jew, that’s OK I am used to that, FREE WILL and FREE SPEECH after all have to be upheld for all, even if we ourselves don’t care for what is spoken. Take one groups free speech away then any and all can be taken away. Shalom my Brother

Feds Punish Business For Engaging In ‘Citizenship-Discrimination’

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A Texas catering business will pay the United States $26,400 for engaging in “citizenship-discrimination,” as part of a settlement with the Justice Department announced Tuesday.

Culinaire International unlawfully discriminated against employees based on their citizenship status, the Justice Department claimed, because it required non-citizen employees to provide extra proof of their right to work in the United States.

Culinaire has agreed to pay the United States $20,460 in civil penalties, receive training in anti-discrimination rules of the Immigration and Nationality Act, revise its work eligibility verification process, and create a $40,000 back pay fund for “potential economic victims.”

“Employers cannot discriminate against workers by requiring them to produce more documents than necessary in the employment eligibility verification and reverification processes,” Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights division, Molly Moran, said in a statement.

A lawful permanent resident’s card expires, but their right to work is permanent, and in this case Culinaire was requiring employees to present a renewed permanent resident card to be verified as work-eligible. The Justice Department claimed this violated a provision in the INA that prohibits employers from requiring extra documentation from non-citizen employees.

The Justice Department and Culinaire International did not immediately respond to request for comment.

Story by Rachel Stoltzfoos

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2014/09/02/feds-punish-business-for-engaging-in-citizenship-discrimination/#ixzz3DFwFdJXx

DEPORTATIONS DOWN 20 PERCENT, FEWEST SINCE 2007

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has quietly slowed deportations by nearly 20 percent while delaying plans to act on his own potentially to shield millions of immigrants from expulsion.

The Homeland Security Department is on pace to remove the fewest number of immigrants since 2007, according to an analysis of its data by The Associated Press.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the federal agency responsible for deportations, sent home 258,608 immigrants between the start of the budget year last Oct. 1 and July 28 this summer, a decrease of nearly 20 percent from the same period in 2013, when 320,167 people were removed.

Over 10 months in 2012, Immigration and Customs Enforcement deported 344,624 people, some 25 percent more than this year, according to federal figures obtained by the AP.

Obama announced plans earlier this year to act on his own to slow deportations but now has postponed any changes until after November’s elections. The delay is an effort to shield vulnerable Democrats from potential voter ire at his unilateral actions.

The removal figures, contained in weekly internal reports marked “Official Use Only,” reflect the marked decline in deportations even as Obama has delayed announcing what changes he will make to U.S. immigration policies.

Immigration advocates widely expect Obama to reduce the number of immigrants who are deported, a particularly sensitive issue in many states. Since Obama took office, his administration has removed more than 2.1 million immigrants.

There are two principal reasons fewer immigrants already are being deported:

-The Obama administration decided as early as summer 2011 to focus its deportation efforts on criminal immigrants or those who posed a threat to national security or public safety. Many others who crossed into the United States illegally or overstayed their visas and could be subject to deportation are stuck in a federal immigration court system. Last month the backlog in that system exceeded 400,000 cases for the first time, according to court data analyzed by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University. For each case, it now takes several years for a judge to issue a final order to leave the U.S.

-As Border Patrol agents detain more people from countries in Central America, not Mexico, the volume and circumstances of the cases take more time for overwhelmed immigration officials and courts to process because, among other reasons, the U.S. must fly such immigrants home rather than letting them walk back across the border into Mexico. A surge in the number of immigrant families, mostly women and young children, has swamped temporary holding facilities, leading the Homeland Security Department to release many people into the U.S. interior with instructions to report back to authorities later.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the decrease reflected the president’s decision to shift resources from the interior of the country to the border to address the surge in unaccompanied minors arriving on the border.

“The shifting of those resources may have something to do with those numbers,” Earnest said, adding that law enforcement officials make deportation decisions independent of the White House. The White House began shifting resources as early as May, although the decline in deportations began years ago.

Under U.S. law, immigrant children from Central America caught crossing the border alone can’t be subjected to speedy removal proceedings without appearing before a judge. The government interviews Mexican and Canadian children to make sure they aren’t trafficking victims; then they can be sent home quickly.

The administration instructed immigration officials starting in summer 2011 to prioritize deportation cases involving criminal immigrants. Deportations had been increasing since late 2008, but since that summer the overall number has dropped markedly.

It remains unclear exactly what actions Obama will announce after the elections. He said earlier this month the U.S. would be better off if immigrants – who in some cases, he said, have been in the U.S. for longer than 10 years and have American children – “have a path to get legal by paying taxes and getting aboveboard, paying a fine, learning English if they have to.”

But there are limits under U.S. law to actions that Obama could take without approval from Congress. He can’t generally give large groups of immigrants blanket permission to remain permanently in the United States, and he can’t grant them American citizenship. He almost certainly could delay indefinitely efforts to deport immigrants already in the U.S. illegally, and he could give them official work permits that would allow them to legally find jobs, obtain driver’s licenses and file tax returns.

The president said this month that a partisan fight in July over how to address a surge in the number of immigrant children caught crossing the border had created the impression that there was a crisis – and a volatile climate for taking the measures he had promised.

As of early September, only 319 of more than 59,000 immigrants who were caught traveling with their families have been returned to Central America.


Militia Threatens to Block Traffic at International Bridges

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McALLEN – Law enforcement officials and city leaders from across the Rio Grande Valley are preparing for what they say could result in tense moments or violence.

Officials say they received word that members of a militia are threatening to block ports of entry.

In Starr County, international bridge authorities met with Customs and Border Protection officials Thursday. Their goal was to discuss the potential problem and find a plan of action.

Starr County has international bridges in Rio Grande City, Roma and Falcon Dam.

Officials received word that members of a militia plan to protest illegal crossings by blocking traffic on Sept. 20.

Rio Grande City Mayor Ruben Villarreal said members of the group have a right to express their opinion. His is concerned about the group’s intent, though.

“What can we expect? I don’t know. The unknown becomes an issue that we really got to prepare for,” Villarreal said.

“I’m a 100 percent sure that with the National Guard, with DPS, with Border Patrol and local law enforcement, we’ll communicate and we’ll handle whatever comes,” he said.

“The level of communication that exists doesn’t get talked about enough. It’s an extraordinary amount of communication,” Villarreal said.

Villarreal said he is worried about safety.

“If they’re here to block traffic, to be a hindrance between traffic and the port of entry, that causes a problem. It’s a huge safety issue,” Villarreal said.

Villarreal said blocking international traffic could impact the local economy.

“A port of entry is not just a port of entry for people; it’s also a port of entry for commerce. There are hundreds of millions of dollars that transact at the ports of entry. If their intent is to cause a disruption at a port of entry, it’s not only a matter of people, it’s a matter of commerce as well,” he said.

Villarreal said he is concerned about possible violence.

“I know that the state of Texas provides for them to be able to display their firearms,” he said.

“I’m not going to lie to you; it’s going to make us nervous. We’re not used to seeing firearms being openly displayed,” he said.

Villarreal said even though they’re not familiar with the militia, they plan to be prepared.

“We’ve never dealt with militia here in Starr County. We don’t know what their temperament is or their personality might be. I can tell you that knowing that they might be here … helps us prepare for what ever may come,” he said.

Story: KRGV.com

Election monitor argues strict photo ID laws won’t oppress transgender voters

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CULLMAN, Ala. — A voter integrity watchdog says a study arguing transgender voters could be disenfranchised by strict voter ID laws is overblown.

The Williams Institute at the UCLA School of Law released a report this week saying about 24,000 transgender voters in 10 states with government-issued photo ID requirements for voting could be prevented from casting ballots in November because they don’t have an updated ID that reflects their current gender.

That represents about 28 percent of the transgender population in Kansas, Texas, Wisconsin, Arkansas, Indiana, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and Virginia.

“Transgender people who have transitioned face additional burdens to acquiring or updating identification that would fulfill voter ID requirements because they must comply with the requirements for updating the name and gender on their state-issued or federally-issued IDs and records,” wrote study author Jody L. Herman.

“There is no way to predict precisely how election officials and poll workers will treat transgender voters at the polls if they do not present accurate identification. Respondents to the (National Transgender Discrimination Survey) reported having negative experiences after presenting identification documents that did not match their gender presentation,” Herman said.

Tom Fitton, president of right-leaning Washington, D.C.-based government watchdog Judicial Watch, told Watchdog.org he can’t “wrap my head around that objection.”

“Would a transgender person be exempt from showing ID to rent a car, ride on an airplane, or open a bank account?” he asked.

Fitton argued liberals use the voter ID issue to appeal to narrow political blocks and “sow racial and societal division.”

“It is truly shameful, especially as since much of the racial calumny about voter ID is coming from President Obama, his Attorney General Eric Holder and the Department of Justice. The good news is that Americans, regardless of party, support voter ID.”

A Rasmussen Reports poll in March found 78 percent of Americans, including about half of Democrats, believe voters should have ID showing proof of citizenship to vote. The telephone survey of 1,000 voters had a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

Alabama’s photo ID law is less strict than the other states because voters who don’t show a photo ID can cast a provisional ballot and bring an ID to an election office by 5 p.m. Friday after election day. Alternatively, two election officials can sign sworn statements saying they know the voter.

By Johnny Kampis  on Alabama Watchdog.org