Decision Comes After Requests By Texas For Federal Government To Ensure Refugees Pose No Security Threat
The State of Texas today sent a letter to the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) giving official notice of its intention to withdraw from the federal refugee resettlement program should ORR not unconditionally approve Texas’ state plan by September 30th. Today’s letter comes after ORR’s unwillingness to approve Texas’ updated state refugee plan, which would require national security officials to ensure that refugees do not pose a security threat to Texas. As required by ORR, Texas’ withdrawal from the refugee resettlement program will be effective 120 days after the September 30th deadline, on January 31st, 2017.
Governor Greg Abbott issued the following statement on Texas’ intention to withdraw from the refugee resettlement program:
“The federal government’s refugee settlement program is riddled with serious problems that pose a threat to our nation. The Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Director of National Intelligence have repeatedly declared their inability to fully screen refugees from terrorist-based nations. Even with the inability to properly vet refugees from Syria and countries known to be supporters or propagators of terrorism, President Obama is now ineptly proposing a dramatic increase in the number of refugees to be resettled in the U.S.
“Empathy must be balanced with security. Texas has done more than its fair share in aiding refugees, accepting more refugees than any other state between October 2015 and March 2016. While many refugees pose no danger, some pose grave danger, like the Iraqi refugee with ties to ISIS who was arrested earlier this year after he plotted to set off bombs at two malls in Houston.
“Despite multiple requests by the State of Texas, the federal government lacks the capability or the will to distinguish the dangerous from the harmless, and Texas will not be an accomplice to such dereliction of duty to the American people. Therefore, Texas will withdraw from the refugee resettlement program. I strongly urge the federal government to completely overhaul a broken and flawed refugee program that increasingly risks American lives.”
A copy of the letter from Texas’ State Refugee Coordinator can be found here.
Pardon me while I get something off my chest.
Why do Conservatives keep ‘eating our own’? Progressives and Democrats are the ones that benefit from it. Why help the other side?
So, your guy or girl did something you do not like. You can either complain about it or you can use the disappointment for the betterment of the cause.
Texas Conservatives especially!
You’re going to try to unseat the most Conservative Lt. Governor Texas has had? A Democrat or a Progressive would be better? The delegate issue was not Patrick’s doing. It was the RNC. And what about those out of the 155 Texas delegates that didn’t sign a petition? It’s more theirs and the RNC’s fault than it is Patrick’s in my view.
Or a Senator, that knows a particular piece of legislation does not have a prayer this next term, and thus doesn’t have your issue on her top 5? Does that mean the world is coming to an end? I suppose Wendy Davis would be better?
So Cruz didn’t endorse Trump. So what. Reagan did not endorse Ford. You seriously only vote for a Republican candidate based on wh0 Senator Cruz or say Senator Cornyn endorse?
So, some up north do not care about the blatant murder of unborn babies or other social issues. TEXANS DO!
We all have our reasons for being involved. Though, on the most part, those that truly seek to help the cause want a better future for our kids, right?
Progressives are copying what you say to voters. Yes, their promises are lies but the reality is they simply do not care. Whatever they have to do to win. They have no principles nor moral compass. Progressives know that principles and morals matter to you! But, we all know this, right?
So, why aren’t we calling them out for their lies? Why are we getting bogged down on one issue and talking trash about the folks a large number of Conservatives worked their tail off getting into office? Since when did we become ok with splintering and being a 1 issue voter?
Please. Please. Please. STOP EATING YOUR OWN! Focus. Keep your eye on the big picture.
We simply have too much to do to keep getting lost in the weeds.
CORRECTED: Ruling in Favor of School and State Rights, Federal Court Stops Enforcement of Obama Public Schools Bathroom Directive Nationwide
AUSTIN – Late yesterday, U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor’s issued a nationwide injunction prohibiting the Obama administration from enforcing its bathroom directives against public schools across the country. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton represents a 13-state coalition in the federal court lawsuit in the Northern District of Texas challenging the Obama administration’s unlawful federal directive that schools allow students to use whatever bathrooms and other intimate facilities they prefer. Attorney General Paxton released the following statement after the court’s ruling in favor of the Texas-led coalition:
“We are pleased that the court ruled against the Obama Administration’s latest illegal federal overreach. This President is attempting to rewrite the laws enacted by the elected representatives of the people, and is threatening to take away federal funding from schools to force them to conform. That cannot be allowed to continue, which is why we took action to protect States and School Districts, who are charged under state law to establish a safe and disciplined environment conducive to student learning.”
The court prevented the federal government from relying on its flawed, unlawful guidance documents to schools and employers in an injunction that is effective nationwide.
To view a copy of the opinion click here:
by JONAH GOLDBERG July 21, 2016
I find it nothing short of hilarious how so many seasoned political journalists (including many of my colleagues — and betters — at Fox) are visibly shocked and appalled by what Cruz did last night. Ever since I was a kid, the political press — left, right and center — has whined that there’s no drama at conventions any more. It’s all scripted. It’s just an infomercial. It’s just such a shame.
Well here comes Ted Cruz providing exactly the sort of drama they yearned for and many of these same voices are aghast at Ted Cruz’s effrontery. The word has gone out across the land: This is an outrage! Not since Caligula appointed his horse to the Roman senate has a political figure showed such contempt for decorum and the solemnity of politics! Last night and this morning, across the news channels, I’ve watched many people I respect -– and a great many more I don’t — talk about what a sore loser Cruz is.
There are two things to say about that. First, many of these people are willingly buying into Manafort’s stagecraft. The Trump team knew about the speech beforehand. The outrage on the floor may have ended up being genuine, but it started out manufactured. I understand that Chris Christie will spew whatever fake outrage his masters instruct, like a trained seal barking for another herring. But I don’t see why so many supposedly seasoned political observers are volunteering for service.
Second, what the hell are people talking about? This is part of the corruption of Trump. He called Ted Cruz a liar every day and in every way for months (it used to be considered a breach in decorum to straight up call an opponent a liar, never mind use it as a nickname). The insults against his wife, the cavalier birtherism, the disgusting JFK-assassination theories about his dad: These things are known. And yet the big conversation of the day is Ted Cruz’s un-sportsmanlike behavior? For real? But forget Cruz for a moment. For over a year, Trump has degraded politics in some of the most vile ways. His respect for the Republican party as the home of conservatism is on par with Napoleon’s respect for churches when he converted them into stables.
But that’s okay because he’s Trump. He’s a “winner.” And now that he’s the nominee, the Smart Set and the Mob is telling me that Cruz is the outrageous violator of norms and good manners. Let’s all look down our noses at the sore loser everybody, as we bend the knee and make every apology possible for the sorest, most ungracious winner in American history. When I watch Trump’s kitchen cabinet of yes men rise from their “Thank you, sir, may I have another?” prostrations just long enough to talk about Cruz’s self-interestedness, I have to laugh. Where’s your shinebox, Governor Christie?
Ted Cruz has never been my favorite politician. And I am not so naïve that I don’t recognize the gamble Cruz is making.
But if the choice is between forgiving Ted Cruz’s obvious political calculation to become the standard bearer of an authentic conservatism or Donald Trump’s lizard-brain narcissism where no principle or cause outranks his own glandular desire to be worshipped like a conqueror atop the carcass of conservatism, I choose Ted.
If the choice is between, say, congratulating the Boy Scoutish obedience of Mike Pence as he sells off bits and pieces of his soul like jewels from a family heirloom just to survive another day or Ted Cruz, who took the tougher road and refused to join the mewling mobs of toadies, apologists, human weathervanes, difference-splitters, and vacillators, I choose Ted.
If the choice is between suspending the rules of decorum, decency, and civility for Donald Trump as he casually badmouths his own country to the New York Times just as he secures the presidential nomination of the Republican party or accepting that we are in dark and uncharted waters and conscience must light the way, I choose Ted.
Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/438159/i-choose-ted
On July 4, 1776, the thirteen colonies claimed their independence from England, an event which eventually led to the formation of the United States. Each year on July 4th, also known as Independence Day, Americans celebrate this historic event.
Conflict between the colonies and England was already a year old when the colonies convened a Continental Congress in Philadelphia in the summer of 1776. In a June 7 session in the Pennsylvania State House (later Independence Hall), Richard Henry Lee of Virginia presented a resolution with the famous words: “Resolved: That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States, that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain is, and ought to be, totally dissolved.”
On July 1, 1776, the Continental Congress reconvened, and on the following day, the Lee Resolution for independence was adopted by 12 of the 13 colonies, New York not voting. Discussions of Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence resulted in some minor changes, but the spirit of the document was unchanged. The process of revision continued through all of July 3 and into the late afternoon of July 4, when the Declaration was officially adopted. Of the 13 colonies, nine voted in favor of the Declaration, two — Pennsylvania and South Carolina — voted No, Delaware was undecided and New York abstained. John Hancock, President of the Continental Congress, signed the Declaration of Independence. It is said that John Hancock’s signed his name “with a great flourish” so England’s “King George can read that without spectacles!”
Today, the original copy of the Declaration is housed in the National Archives in Washington, D.C., and July 4 has been designated a national holiday to commemorate the day the United States laid down its claim to be a free and independent nation.
By Erick Erickson | June 15, 2016
Wow. Up until 2012, Trump supported the assault weapons ban. He only became “pro-second amendment” when he began thinking about running for President. This year he got the NRA endorsement and he just threw them under the bus.
Banning people on the terror watch list and no fly list are terrible ideas because the second amendment is a fundamental right. The Republicans proposed a plan last year killed by Democrats that would trigger a probable cause hearing if someone was flagged, but never endorsed an outright prohibition on American citizens owning guns when it could be a government screw up.
Numerous people have been put on the no fly list, for example, who do not deserve to be there. They include former Senator Ted Kennedy and Fox News contributor Steve Hayes. Not only do people get on the list inappropriately, but it is a difficult process to get off the list.
This is a terrible idea and a flat out cave by Donald Trump. You cannot deny constitutional rights to American citizens because the government is suspicious of you. The IRS has tried with tea party groups. The Department of Homeland Security has labeled returning veterans and conservatives as suspicious. If we did what Donald Trump wants, we could all find ourselves on a watch list to deny us our second amendment rights.
Longview, contiguous cities and counties undoubtedly understand the position Fort Worth residents have been placed in.
In 2014, former Longview Mayor Jay Dean sent a letter to the LGBT Community welcoming their first Gay Pride Festival. This action placed Longview as the LGBT hub of East Texas. It isn’t the East Texas way.
Here is an open letter to the Mayor of Fort Worth Betsy Price.
Unlike Jay Dean, I pray Mayor Price will listen to her constituency.
Dear Mayor Price,
We are parents and pastors, taxpayers and teachers. We are young, old, Democrat, Republican, African-American, Hispanic, Asian, and Caucasian. We are not outsiders. We are your neighbors. And we are nearly 80% of Fort Worth residents.
We love Fort Worth – and for lots of different reasons. We love all people. We love the big city with a small town feel. We love the Cowboys and Culture. We love the diversity of our city. We love that this is Where the West Begins. We also love that we have businesses with slogans like “Life’s Too Short to Live in Dallas.”
We know you love Fort Worth, too. Most of us love you. Many of us voted for you. You have selflessly served our city and represented it so well with a bright smile and approachable personality. You have made our city better and for that we owe you a debt of gratitude.
You are aware of the firestorm that was created when, on April 26, Fort Worth ISD Superintendent Kent Scribner announced his executive edict regarding transgender students without discussion or debate from parents or taxpayers. Fort Worth residents did not seek or provoke the battle that has since ensued. It was thrust upon us by a Superintendent who made an irresponsible decision affecting 86,000 students and all of their households.
We care about the safety and well-being of all students – including transgender students. We oppose this policy because it was adopted unilaterally by an unelected, unaccountable executive without public input or Board vote. And we oppose this policy because it compromises student safety, violates the parent-child relationship, and seeks to indoctrinate children in an agenda with which we disagree.
Unfortunately, since April 26, Superintendent Scribner has made more bad decisions that have isolated Fort Worth ISD as the only Texas school district out of nearly 1,270 to have adopted such an unlawful policy.
On May 8, he was given an opportunity to put out the fire when it was just a spark, and, as you know, he declined.
On May 9, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick called for repeal of the policy and Superintendent Scribner’s resignation. Since the State of Texas provides 54% of Fort Worth ISD’s funding, we found it appropriate for the majority investor to address this situation. The Superintendent and other local officials ridiculed the State’s intervention and bit the hand that feeds them.
On May 10, in front of hundreds who had come to express outrage at a Board meeting, Superintendent Scribner defended his policy, devalued the opponents, and divided our City. He also said you sent a note of support. We scratched our heads about your note but carried on.
On May 13, President Obama issued his infamous transgender directive. He attempts to bully Fort Worth ISD into complying by threatening to withdraw 1% of the District’s funds. Even if the District rejected federal funds, it would still have $23 million more next year due to local property tax revenue increases.
On May 18, media reported you as saying, “Dr. Scribner has done a good job, and this school board simply has to keep him. Whether he was correct on this policy or not, I don’t know, and that’s not for me to judge.” We moved from head scratching to head shaking.
By that point, both U.S. Senators from Texas, the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Attorney General, the entire Republican State Senate Caucus, and almost every State Representative from Tarrant County had denounced the Obama directive or the Fort Worth policy. People at every level of government had judged whether the policy was correct, so we were very surprised to hear that you couldn’t.
On May 23, media reported Superintendent Scribner’s administration had deceptively changed the rules on public comment at Board meetings so as to exclude opposing voices from being heard. We were extremely disappointed to learn this. This isn’t the Fort Worth way.
On May 24, another Board meeting was held and filled with another crowd of outraged parents and taxpayers. Superintendent Scribner again missed an opportunity to quell the growing fire of outrage. This ignoring of the public will is not the Fort Worth way.
On May 25, the State of Texas and eleven other states filed suit against the United States to stop the Obama directive. We remind you the Fort Worth ISD policy is worse than even the Obama directive. Being the inspiration for twelve states to sue the United States is not the Fort Worth way.
On May 31, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick asked the Attorney General for a legal opinion regarding the Fort Worth ISD transgender policy and whether Superintendent Scribner had the authority to unilaterally issue such a policy. Having the Attorney General investigate the legality of your actions is not the Fort Worth way.
On June 1, the Texas Education Agency confirmed it is investigating Superintendent Scribner. An agency investigation into our public servants is not the Fort Worth way.
Since May 6, Superintendent Scribner’s administration has denied open records requests asking for more information as to how these guidelines were formed and came into being. We are still waiting. This lack of transparency is not the Fort Worth way.
During the weeks of May 31 and June 6, six public forums were held. We did not see you at any of them. Perhaps you sent a representative. We hope you got the report. These public forums did much more harm to our city than good by creating more division. They did not reflect the Fort Worth way.
Before the public forums began, Board President Cinto Ramos, referring to the new policy, said to local media, “We don’t intend to change it.” The forums were never meant to seek parent or taxpayer input. They were designed to be a propaganda tour, as evidenced by the misleading Frequently Asked Questions distributed at each location. This is not the Fort Worth way.
We’ve now learned the transgender policy was written by a Dallas attorney. We know you don’t like Dallas folks coming over and meddling in Fort Worth affairs, so we know you understand when we say we don’t want a Dallas lawyer rewriting social norms for 86,000 Fort Worth children. This is not the Fort Worth way.
Superintendent Scribner now says he will appoint an advisory committee to make revisions to the transgender policy. He wants to fix a back room deal with another back room deal. But that reveals the heart of the issue. Most residents opposed to the policy do not trust Superintendent Scribner to appoint an impartial committee or to make sufficient revisions. And why should we trust him?
As we survey the past six weeks, we are disappointed and troubled. What began for Superintendent Scribner as a misguided policy adopted by an unlawful process has culminated in a pattern of bad decision-making that has broken the public’s trust. He has done permanent damage to Fort Worth. We had hoped he would transform our education system. He did – just not in the way we ever imagined. His future ability to effect change in our city will forever be tainted by how he has mishandled this matter and brought division to our city.
As of this writing, nearly 3,000 people have signed a petition calling for the repeal of the transgender policy. We have heard from Board members who have received between 1,200 and 2,000 emails and on average 80% are calling for the repeal of the transgender policy. These voices are important, and they are being ignored.
These people are part of a growing legion of outraged Fort Worth residents – many people who are appalled Fort Worth was one of the first places this happened in the nation and not the last. These residents are organizing from the North Side to Morningside and from Stop 6 to South Hills.
Superintendent Scribner must repeal the policy, start the conversation that never happened, and then put a policy to a Board vote. Summer is a perfect time to do this because no students will be affected. If Superintendent Scribner does not pursue this path, Fort Worth residents will ensure this episode is not forgotten.
Our hope is that you will side with the majority of Fort Worth residents. Will you join us as we Stand for Fort Worth?
Fort Worth residents
Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick announced Tuesday he will send out a letter to all Texas school districts telling them not to implement President Obama’s transgender bathroom policies.
In an Austin-held press conference, Patrick also addressed the next steps the state will take regarding the state’s public school transgender bathroom and locker room policies. This included the Fort Worth Independent School District transgender student guidelines recently instituted “unilaterally” by Superintendent Kent Paredes Scribner.
Patrick said he will send out a letter to all Texas school districts advising them not to implement the federal transgender bathroom directive. He also stated he asked Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton for a decision if it was legal for the Fort Worth ISD Superintendent to suddenly and single-handedly adopt transgender guidelines that allow students to use bathrooms and locker rooms based on their gender identity and not the gender listed on their birth certificates.
“You have to ask the question, ‘Why did this policy come out of nowhere when there seemed to be nothing to create it?’ I said at the time because it was directly linked to the Obama policies in Washington.” Patrick noted that while some in the media scoffed at his comments, 36 hours later the President announced a national transgender bathroom directive to U.S. public schools. Texas sued the federal government over this policy.
Ten other states — Oklahoma, Alabama, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Tennessee, Maine, Arizona, Louisiana, Utah and Georgia — since joined the lawsuit. It argues the Obama administration violates federal law and the U.S. Constitution in redefining “sex” to include gender identity as well as threats to sue and withhold funding from states and public schools that refuse to adopt the policy.
Previously, Breitbart Texas reported the Lt. Governor said Texas will not be “blackmailed” by the President’s new transgender public school policy that essentially tells Americans “he’s going to withhold funding if schools do not follow the policy.” Currently, the Lone Star State receives approximately $10 billion over a two year budget in education funding that Patrick says the majority of dollars goes to finance free breakfast and free lunch through public school food programs to assist the “poorest of the poor.”
Patrick also highlighted on Tuesday that, in Texas, the University Interscholastic League (UIL), the state’s governing body for competitive public school athletics, music, and academic events, only recognizes gender based on birth certificates and not on gender identity. Last year, the UIL asked public school district superintendents across the state to weigh in on the topic. Earlier in 2016, they resoundingly approved an amendment that requires district officials use a student-athlete’s birth certificate to determine gender identification.
Tuesday begins a series of what Patrick called “sham hearings” put on by the Fort Worth ISD school board in which they will hold community forums through next week to allow parents and students to testify over the district’s new transgender guidelines. However, Patrick called them a “sham” because the district already made its decision and because they are not conducting these hearings in a way that will “have a true voice heard from the community.”
“The superintendent’s already issued this illegal act. He says he won’t rescind it. He says he won’t step down,” he told reporters.
Patrick questioned why the parents did not get the opportunity to testify on the policy before the superintendent adopted the transgender guidelines. He said, “When I was at the Ft Worth Independent School District three weeks ago tonight, I saw hundreds of people lined around the building there to testify against this policy and they were never allowed to speak.”
Breitbart Texas reported the Lt. Governor called out Fort Worth ISD Superintendent Kent Paredes Scribner for “unilaterally” implementing the policy without any community input or board approval.” Paredes maintains he just adopted a 2011 school board policy.
Following the Lt. Governor’s press conference, Stand For Fort Worth, a watchdog group that opposes Fort Worth ISD’s new transgender bathroom and and locker room policies, released a statement:
“It is now inevitable that this transgender policy will be struck down, whether it be through legal remedies or by the action of the Fort Worth ISD. We certainly hope for the latter as we do not wish to see any more valuable district resources wasted here. Superintendent Scribner should listen to the thousands of constituents calling for immediate repeal. We are pleased that Lt. Gov Patrick and AG Paxton continue to show strong support for our position. If our local officials would lend a similar ear to the parents and taxpayers, our city would not be facing this crisis.“
Parents of transgender students voiced their thoughts about the Ft. Worth ISD bathroom and locker room guidelines during an Equality Texas press conference that followed Patrick’s comments. They disagreed with the Lt. Governor and Attorney General’s positions. One parent invited both officials to dinner at her home to meet a transgender child. Another felt the state was picking on transgender kids.
Robert Gates, the U.S. Secretary of Defense from 2006 to 2011, said Thursday that he would not be comfortable if Donald Trump had control over the launch codes for nuclear weapons.
Gates sounded off on the presumptive Republican presidential candidate during a wide-ranging interview with Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric in New York.
“Would you feel comfortable with his proverbial finger on the nuclear button?” Couric asked.
Gates, who also served as director of the CIA in the early ‘90s, took a deep breath before answering:
“Right now? No. But the question is does he moderate his views on national security issues going forward? Does he begin to have some more informed views about the complexities of some of these issues, some of the challenges that we face? And who does he choose as his advisors? If all of those things turned out in a positive way, then my concerns would be significantly reduced.”
He said the right temperament is perhaps the most important quality for a president. When pressed, he declined to comment on whether Trump or likely Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton would be a better choice based on this criterion.
Read the full story HERE.