Texas Border Crisis is a National Dilemma Guest Commentators Dale Huls and JoAnn Flemming

Dear Friends,

Please stay informed and engaged. Your calls matter!!

Pastor Greg

Dear Grassroots Actitvists,

JoAnn has provided a follow up to yesterday’s statewide grassroots telecon regarding border security. She has described what is being asked of every grassroots organization and activist to get on the phone to make our voices heard. She has also complied an extensive legislative contacts list for you to use including the relevant committee assignments.

The most urgent push needed right now is for border security to be added to the supplemental budget. This transitional money will be desperately needed as the Congress and the Administration continue to fight over Obama’s illegal amnesty. Texas needs to keep its State Troopers and National Guard in place on the border until the next biennium budget that funds a border security plan can be passed. We cannot afford a lapse in our vigilance.

I am also attaching links of the various DPS reports addressing Texas security. If you study these documents, you will be able to authoritatively discuss these issues with your elected officials, the media, and the public as truly engaged Texas grassroots activists. These reports are as follows:

TEXAS BORDER SECURITY DASHBOARD (Dec 2014)
http://dps.texas.gov/PublicInformation/documents/borderSecDshbrd121014.pdf

TEXAS GANG THREAT ASSESSMENT (April 2014)
http://www.dps.texas.gov/director_staff/media_and_communications/2014/txGangThreatAssessment.pdf

ASSESSING THE THREAT OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING IN TEXAS (APRIL 2014)
http://www.dps.texas.gov/director_staff/media_and_communications/2014/txHumanTraffickingAssessment.pdf

TEXAS PUBLIC SAFETY THREAT OVERVIEW 2013
http://www.dps.texas.gov/director_staff/media_and_communications/threatOverview.pdf

Be smart, be informed, be engaged, be Texans!

Dale

Action Alert! Border Security is at risk in the Texas House!

A 2/15/15 conference call with JoAnn Fleming (Grassroots America) and Dale Huls (Clear Lake TEA Party) sounded the alarm to start calling key TX House Committee members this week. At stake is continued funding for the Texas National Guard, which has been drawn down to 200 members. Last week, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick called for continued funding for border security. According to public statements and news accounts, Speaker Joe Straus shrugged off Patrick’s call with a notable lack of enthusiasm.

This is NOT about Joe Straus and Dan Patrick. This is NOT about a political squabble. This is about the safety and security of Texas. Since Texas is the largest border entry into the US from Mexico, it is a gateway to the interior of the US. With the dithering of the GOP leadership in Washington, we cannot count on them to secure the border, and Obama’s executive amnesty will attract more and more illegal border crossers! We are also sitting ducks for terrorists.

The people of Texas elected Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick with a mandate to secure the Texas border and deal with the high cost of illegal aliens and criminal activity related to cartels and transnational gangs running rampant in our state. Abbott and Patrick did not run to the mushy middle in the General Election. They ran as reformers, and that is what the people of Texas elected them to do. Now, “We the People” must hold them accountable.

If you want funding for border security to continue, you must make your voice heard beginning today! The Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee meets tomorrow 2/17/15 at 8 am. Ways & Means meets tomorrow at 8:30 am, and a subcommittee of Appropriations meets on Thursday at 8 AM. Those are the committees (see below) to call first, but every person on the committees listed below needs to hear from you. They will make decisions on bills that impact border security.

Keep this list handy. As bills come to the floor of the House, you will need this list again. It also contains phone numbers for Governor Abbott. He needs to hear from all of you as well. Remind him that it is time for Texas to lead on border security and the rule of law!

Call these committee members (only GOP listed since they all ran as conservatives and all say they support a secure border). Simply tell them that you support continued funding of the Texas National Guard and DPS for border security. Tell them you want funding for the Guard and Operation Strong Safety continued until the end of the budget year and then funded in the upcoming new budget, and you will watch how they vote.

TX House – Appropriations Committee Austin phone # Austin Fax # District phone # District Fax #
Chairman, John Otto (Rep) Dist. 18 (512) 463-0570 (512) 463-0315 (936) 258-8135 (936) 258-7190
Trent Ashby (Rep) Dist. 57 (512) 463-0508 (512) 463-5896 (936)634-2762 none listed
Cecil Bell (Rep) Dist. 3 (512) 463-0650 (512) 463-0575 (281)259-3700 (281)259-3706
Greg Bonnen (Rep) Dist. 24 (512) 463-0729 none listed (281)338-0924 none listed
Cindy Burkett (Rep) Dist. 113 (512) 463-0464 none listed (972) 278-7276 none listed
Giovanni Capriglione (Rep) Dist. 98 (512) 463-0690 (512) 463-1004 (817) 431-5339 (817) 431-9885
Sarah Davis (Rep) Dist. 134 (512) 463-0389 (512) 463-1374 (713)521-4474 (713)521-4443
Larry Gonzales (Rep) Dist. 52 (512) 463-0670 (512) 463-1469 (512) 248-2558 none listed
Bryan Hughes (Rep) Dist. 5 (512) 463-0271 (512) 463-1515 (903) 569-8880 (903) 569-8889
Linda Koop (Rep) Dist. 102 (512) 463-0454 (512) 463-1121 (469) 319-0879 none listed
Rick Miller (Rep) Dist. 26 (512) 463-0710 (512) 463-0711 (281) 980-0117 none listed
Dade Phelan (Rep) Dist. 21 (512) 463-0706 (512) 463-1861 none listed none listed
Four Price (Rep) Dist. 87 (512) 463-0470 none listed (806) 374-8787 none listed
John Raney (Rep) Dist. 14 (512) 463-0698 (512) 463-5109 (979) 260-5040 (979) 260-5097
J. D. Sheffield (Rep) Dist. 59 (512) 463-0628 (512) 463-3644 none listed none listed
Gary VanDeaver (Rep) Dist. 1 (512) 463-0692 (512) 463-0902 none listed none listed
27 committee members – majority (16) GOP

TX House – Ways and Means Committee Austin phone # Austin Fax # District phone # District Fax #
Chairman, Dennis Bonnen (Rep) Dist. 25 (512) 463-0564 (512) 463-8414 (979) 848-1770 (979) 849-3169
Dwayne Bohac (Rep) Dist. 138 (512) 463-0727 (512) 463-0681 (713) 460-2800 (713) 460-2822
Angie Chen Button (Rep) Dist. 112 (512) 463-0486 none listed 972-234-8980 972-470-0789
Drew Darby (Rep) Dist. 72 (512) 463-0331 (512) 463-0517 (325) 658-7313 (325) 659-3762
Jim Murphy (Rep) Dist. 133 (512) 463-0514 (512) 463-8715 (713) 465-8800 none listed
Tan Parker (Rep) Dist. 63 (512) 463-0688 (512) 480-0694 (972) 724-8477 none listed
Drew Springer (Rep) Dist. 68 (512) 463-0526 (512) 463-1011 (940) 665 – 8400 none listed
John Wray (Rep) Dist. 10 (512) 463-0516 (512) 463-1051 none listed none listed
11 committee members – majority (8) GOP

TX House – Homeland Security & Public Safety Austin phone # Austin Fax # District phone # District Fax #
Chairman, Larry Phillips (Rep) Dist. 62 (512) 463-0297 (512) 463-1561 (903) 891-7297 (903) 870-0066
DeWayne Burns (Rep) Dist. 58 (512) 463-0538 (512) 463-0897 none listed none listed
Tony Dale (Rep) Dist. 136 (512) 463-0696 (512) 463-9333 none listed none listed
Will Metcalf (Rep) Dist. Dist. 16 (512) 463-0726 (512) 463-8428 (936) 539-0068 (936) 539-0066
Molly White (Rep) Dist. 55 (512)463-0630 (512)463-0937 none listed none listed
John Wray (Rep) Dist. 10 (512) 463-0516 (512) 463-1051 none listed none listed

9 committee members – majority (6) GOP

TX House – Select Committee Emerging Issues In Texas Law Enforcement Austin phone # Austin Fax # District phone # District Fax #
Chairman, Allen Fletcher (Rep) Dist. 130 (512) 463-0661 (512) 463-4130 (281) 373-5454 (281) 256-9213
Dan Flynn (Rep) Dist. 2 (512) 463-0880 (512) 463-2188 (903) 567-0921 (903) 567-0923
Linda Koop (Rep) Dist. 102 (512) 463-0454 (512) 463-1121 (469) 319-0879 none listed
James White (Rep) Dist. 19 512-463-0490 512-463-9059 (409) 283-3700 (409) 283-3702

7 committee members – majority (4) GOP

TX House – Select Committee State & Federal Power & Responsibility Austin phone # Austin Fax # District phone # District Fax #
Chairman, Phil King (Rep) Dist. 61 (512) 463-0738 (512) 463-1957 (817) 596-4796 none listed
Paul Workman (Rep) Dist. 47 (512) 463-0652 (512) 463-0565 same same
Charles “Doc” Anderson (Rep) Dist. 56 (512) 463-0135 (512) 463-0642 (254) 754-3892 (254) 754-1604
Travis Clardy (Rep) Dist. 11 (512) 463-0592 (512) 463-8792 (936) 560-3982 (936) 564-0051
Tan Parker (Rep) Dist. 63 (512) 463-0688 (512) 480-0694 (972) 724-8477 none listed

7 committee members – majority (5) GOP

Also call the House Speaker and Governor Greg Abbott Austin phone # Austin Fax # District phone # District Fax #
House Speaker Joe Straus (Rep) Dist. 121 (512) 463-1000 (512) 463-0675 (210) 828-4411 (210) 832-9994

Governor Greg Abbott (512) 463-1782 opinion
(512) 463-2000 main #
Register opinion on the Governor’s web site click here.
Social media contacts for Governor Abbott:
Twitter @GregAbbott_TX
Facebook Greg Abbott

Social media contact info for TX House members can be found here.

For Texas,

JoAnn Fleming, Executive Director, Grassroots America – We the People
(903) 894-7204 home office or (903) 360-2858 cell

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