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Gov. Perry: Time to ‘Revisit’ Texas Laws Restricting Tesla Motors

by Kristin Tate

Electric car company Tesla Motors is looking to bring its new $5 billion factory–and 6,500 job opportunities–to Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, or Nevada, according to local media reports. Texas Governor Rick Perry said that it’s time to revisit the Lone Star State’s current ban on direct car sales, in order to attract Tesla to the state, according to a recent interview on the Fox Business Network.

Perry said, “We live in a different world than we did 30 years ago, 10 years ago. I think it’s time for Texas to have an open conversation about this. […] The cachet of being able to say we put that manufacturing facility in your state is hard to pass up.”

Perry pointed out that Tesla’s system direct car sales, which cut car dealerships out of the equation, “makes sense” in today’s economy. He said, “I think there is going to be a major effort in the state of Texas and the people of Texas will decide. I think the pros will outweigh the cons.” Continue reading here.

Victory Park standoff ends peacefully; suspect may not face charges


The man who was taken into custody after allegedly firing shots from inside a residential complex in Victory Park may not face charges, said Dallas police in a news conference Tuesday afternoon.

Authorities were first called to the scene of the Vista Apartments Tuesday morning after shots were heard. A standoff followed and shut down much of the Victory Park area for nearly three hours as authorities attempted to take the man into custody.

A loud bang boomed across the area after noon and a plume smoke billowed from the building. Through Twitter, police confirmed “SWAT just set off a flash bang as a distraction device.”

“A flash-bang is a distraction device that produces a loud noise and brilliant flash of light designed to distract and disorient a suspect,” said Lt. Max Geron.

Three more bangs and more smoke came from apartments at about 12:46 p.m. as Dallas police announced they deployed more flashbangs at the site of the standoff.

Minutes later, police announced the suspect was taken into custody. Continue reading here.

5-alarm fire prompts evacuations at AIG

by Jacqueline Crea

AIG employees weren’t expecting a half day Tuesday, but when they started to notice smoke and flames coming from the next door apartment complex under construction, they knew it was time to get out.

“They notified us to evacuate the building,” said Abel Teniente, a nearby employee.

The flames spread quickly.

“The southeast wall of the building had been breached by flames, so it was warm by the window and they told everybody to get out,” said Brook Syers, a nearby employee. “When you start feeling the heat you know the flames aren’t too far away.”

But not everyone in other buildings got evacuation warnings.

“It was getting hot and you could smell the fire and then everybody was by the window taking pictures and we could see the fire. So we just left,” said Marisa Rodriguez, a nearby employee.

People watched in amazement, as firefighters worked against the wind to get the flames under control.

“It’s a real scary feeling to be that close to it,” said Teniente.

Thankful they have a job and office to return to Wednesday.

“It’s sad. But thank god it wasn’t our building,” said an employee who was evacuated.

Firefighters said the building next door was only evacuated as a precaution and there was no real threat.

BREAKING: Can new Michigan legislation nullify all NSA activities in the state?

By: Michael Lotfi

A bipartisan group of Michigan legislators have introduced a bill, which would ban the state from providing material support to the National Security Agency (NSA). The introduced legislation would also block some immediate practical effects of federal warrantless surveillance programs from within the state.

House Bill 5420 (HB5420), the Fourth Amendment Protection Act, was introduced by Rep. Tom McMillin (R-Rochester) last Thursday to prohibit any state support of the NSA. Cosponsors include five Republicans and five Democrats.

“There is a clear assault by federal government agencies like the NSA on Michigan citizens’ fourth amendment rights,” Rep. McMillin said. “We should do everything we can to stop that assault.”

Michigan joins a host of states including Arizona, California, Tennessee and South Carolina which are considering similar legislation to push back against NSA spying this year.

Practically speaking, HB5420 addresses three areas where the NSA relies on state assistance to continue their programs. Continue reading here.

Training Begins In Texas School Marshal Program

Eeny, meeny, miny, moe which teacher is armed


The trainers from the new school marshal program began their first day of training in San Marcos on Monday. The program will allow a designated school official to carry a gun on campus.

19 participants are taking part in the class at the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training Center in San Marcos. They will learn the curriculum of the program then take it back to their communities and train the school staff members who want to participate.

The program was created through the passage of House Bill 1099 in the last legislative session. It allows staff members to act as marshals in armed shooter and other emergency situations when police are still minutes away.

All prospective marshals must pass a mental health evaluation, attend active shooter and emergency situation training, and take ten times the amount of firearms training required for CHL holders.

North Carolina is the only other state to pass this legislation. It has yet to be implemented.

NARAL Supported Dan Branch’s Abortion Amendment and ‘Pro-Choice’ Vote

by Michael Quinn Sullivan, Brandon Darby & Logan Churchwell

The National Association for the Repeal of Abortion Laws (NARAL)–one of the nation’s most radical pro-abortion groups–commended Dallas area State Representative Dan Branch for what they referred to as his “pro-choice vote” against blocking a measure that could have otherwise expanded opportunity for more third trimester abortions in Texas. Branch, now a Republican candidate for Texas Attorney General, defends his “pro-life” record amid increasing scrutiny on right-to-life claims.

In 2005, Branch offered an amendment to legislation that pro-life activists have said could have expanded third-trimester abortions and the medical authority of Texas abortionists, according to recent reports in Breitbart Texas.

A review of the 2005 NARAL legislative scorecard indicates the pro-abortion group supported Branch’s amendment and efforts to protect it on the Texas House floor.

Continue reading here.

Illegal Aliens Sent $21.6 Billion in Cash Back to Mexico in 2013

by Gina Cassini

Advocates for immigration amnesty keep telling us that illegal aliens contribute massively to the economy.

That’s true — for the MEXICAN economy.

The fact is that the overwhelming amount of the wages earned by illegal aliens is not spent in this country, but simply sent back home.

Mexico received $21.59 billion in remittances from emigrants in 2013, the Bank of Mexico said. Nearly 74 million transactions were registered in 2013, with the average remittance totaling $292, the central bank said. Remittances rose 3.5 percent to $5.34 billion in the fourth quarter of last year, compared to the same period in 2012, with 18.4 million transactions and an average amount of $285.30, the Bank of Mexico said.

Figures for the total amount illegal aliens sent back to their home countries is not easily available, but according to the Inter-American Development Bank, all of Latin America received a staggering $69.2 billion in remittances from the U.S. in 2009 alone.

All this as employment numbers in the U.S. once again came in far below expectations in this morning’s jobs report, showing that the U.S. job market is remaining stagnant.

The recent figures are further evidence, that as U.S. workers are being left out of the job market in increasing numbers, illegal aliens are taking the place of their American counterparts. Continue reading here.

Mexican president ‘indignant’ at U.S. deportations

By Julia Symmes Cobb

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said he is “indignant” at the United States’ deportation of Mexican migrants and described U.S. lawmakers as demonstrating a “lack of conscience” in failing to pass immigration reform.

In a television interview aired late on Wednesday Pena Nieto said he and U.S. President Barack Obama discussed the issue during their meeting at a North American leaders’ summit held last week in Mexico.

His emboldened comments to U.S. Spanish language channel Univision followed days after his administration announced it had captured Mexico’s most wanted man, drug lord Joaquin “Shorty” Guzman.

Pena Nieto has said any extradition of Guzman to the United States is likely to take time, underscoring the fact the drug lord still has outstanding time to serve in Mexico after a daring 2001 jail break, reportedly in a laundry cart.

“Yes it makes me indignant, and it makes Mexicans indignant,” Pena Nieto said in the interview, when asked whether deportations angered him.

“There’s a lack of conscience, something which shouldn’t only alert and worry Mexicans, it should also worry the American government and they should take up the issue,” said Pena Nieto.

Pena Nieto added that he sees a willingness on the part of the Obama administration to change immigration laws, and that reform which provides a path to citizenship should “have the backing and aid of the various political forces” in the United States.  Continue reading here.

Immigration: A Professional Viewpoint

Written by Michael W. Cutler

I am very pleased to be provided with this opportunity to provide my perspectives on immigration to a new audience.  I am looking forward to writing for this website for quite some time to come and hope you will check out my column frequently.

I love that the website is named “American Outrage.”  I am outraged by so much of what our leaders do and don’t do.  I sometimes feel that I want to go to my window and scream, at the top of my lungs, “I am mad as hell and I am not going to take this anymore!”  Of course that image is taken straight from the amazing film, “Network” from so many years ago.  It could not be more relevant today.

Ever since the terror attacks of 9/11, which took the lives of many of my neighbors in New York, I have been determined to do what I can to speak out about how our government failed us and continues to fail us.  My area of expertise is immigration and this will be the focus of my articles for this website.

If you think that it is important for our borders to be secured and our immigration laws effectively enforced, you may find what I write about will help you to more effectively communicate with your elected representatives and others with whom you may discuss these issues.

If you disagree with the concept of securing our borders and enforcing our immigration laws, I am especially glad you are taking the time to read my articles.  It is truly upsetting that far too many folks have lost the ability to accept the fact that two parts of the First Amendment many folks seem to have forgotten is to seek redress of grievances and to peaceably assemble.  In this era it is inconceivable that anyone not suffering from a flat line EEG would not have grievances.  As for the right of peaceable assemblage, this is not only a vital component of the First Amendment but of the democratic process.

Consensus building requires debate, discussion and argument.  All that the Founding Fathers required was that this be done without violence- leave your guns, your clubs and your knives at home.

Back when I was on the debating teams in high school and college in Brooklyn, New York, our coaches did not tell us which side of the debate we would be on, until shortly before the debate began.  You cannot know your own position until you understand your opponent’s position.  I hope that you will at least come to understand the true importance of our immigration laws.

While immigration has been labeled as a single issue, in reality it is a singular issue that impacts just about every challenge and threat confronting the United States and its citizens.  Most prominent of those challenges are national security, public safety, criminal justice, the economy, unemployment, healthcare and public health, education, the environment and the critical infrastructure of towns and cities across the United States. Continue reading here.

County Commissioner Vince Perez asks for state audit of indigent defense funds

Judges say process is being run properly

By Aileen Flores

Commissioner Vince Perez is asking the state to audit indigent defense practices in El Paso County, claiming possible irregularities in the appointment of private attorneys to defend the poor in court.

Perez said a formal audit request will be submitted today to the Texas Indigent Defense Commission, which helps counties maintain effective indigent defense systems.

“I’m concerned that the appointment of private attorneys and the allocation of taxpayer funds tied to those appointments are not being distributed in a fair and neutral manner in our community,” Perez said at a news conference Sunday.

Perez said he compiled data and crunched some numbers and contends a group of about 30 attorneys is receiving the bulk of cases, which are paid for with taxpayer money.

District Judge Patrick Garcia, the administrative judge of the Council of Judges, said the Texas Office of Court Administration audits El Paso judges overseeing criminal defense appointments every year and makes sure they are in compliance with the law. Garcia said they have never had problems.

“If you don’t understand the judicial process and the legal system, and you’re looking in from the outside, it could cause you to question what occurs,” Garcia said. “But we are an open book. We don’t hide anything.”

El Paso County’s plan for indigent defense calls for the Public Defender’s Office to handle half the misdemeanor and felony case loads for indigent defendants, with the other half going to private attorneys appointed by judges. Continue reading here.