Author: East Texas Review

Cornyn Applauds House Passage of Initial Harvey Aid

Today on the Senate floor, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) stressed the importance of Congress quickly passing emergency aid for Texans in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Excerpts of Sen. Cornyn’s remarks are below. “Eight days ago Harvey’s wrath was still being felt, but of course, we’re still counting the cost.” “Texans I know aren’t just sitting around waiting for government or for government aid. But that doesn’t mean we should twiddle our thumbs here in Washington, D.C. We have got to act. That’s why I’m working with Senator Cruz and the entire Texas delegation in crafting an aid request that addresses flood relief.” “I applaud the House of Representatives for moving quickly today to approve an initial $8 billion down payment on disaster relief. And I urge my colleagues in this Chamber to follow the House’s lead and expedite passage for this first tranche, this down payment on what will surely be a more expensive list of costs. And we’re going to continue to work with Governor Abbott and the team back in the state to make sure that federal, state, and local actors are all on the same page. But right now, let’s quickly send Texas a down payment.” “Now we need to demonstrate that those weren’t just words and follow them up with concrete action. As we all process the numbers from the storm, I believe...

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Center for Policing Equity Director of Law Enforcement Engagement Statement on President Trump’s Ending of DACA

“Today we stepped backwards, losing the trust and cooperation of 800,000 members of our community,” says Chief Chris Burbank Today, Chief Chris Burbank, director of law enforcement engagement of the Center for Policing Equity and former chief of the Salt Lake City Police Department, released the following statement in response to President Donald Trump’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program: “As a nation we are at our best when humanity drives our decision making. Unfortunately, rhetoric, xenophobia and fear overruled reason today in the determination to end DACA. “In my experience, derisive and exclusionary behavior...

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Commissioner Ryan Sitton’s Statement Regarding the Status of Texas’ Gasoline Supply

Today Commissioner Ryan Sitton released the following statement regarding the status of Texas’ gasoline supply in the wake of Hurricane Harvey panic buying: “Texas’ energy infrastructure is recovering quickly from the devastating impacts of Hurricane Harvey. The industry and state and federal governments have worked expeditiously to ensure that citizens’ energy needs are met, primarily at the gas pump. As I’ve said since last week, unfortunately, hoarding and panic buying have placed unnecessary strains on gasoline supplies at pumps in certain pockets of Texas, but the situation continues to improve and will likely be resolved within the next day...

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Statement from President Barack Obama

Immigration can be a controversial topic. We all want safe, secure borders and a dynamic economy, and people of goodwill can have legitimate disagreements about how to fix our immigration system so that everybody plays by the rules. But that’s not what the action that the White House took today is about. This is about young people who grew up in America – kids who study in our schools, young adults who are starting careers, patriots who pledge allegiance to our flag. These Dreamers are Americans in their hearts, in their minds, in every single way but one: on...

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TSTA urges Congress to reauthorize DACA; ending the program would be cruel and short-sighted

Texas State Teachers Association President Noel Candelaria released the following statement: “We urge Congress to act quickly to reauthorize the DACA program and remove the uncertainty plaguing the lives of 800,000 law-abiding, productive young people, including more than 100,000 Texans. To end this very successful program and make these young people subject to deportation would be cruel and short-sighted. “It would be cruel because these young people didn’t choose to come to the United States. Their parents brought them here as infants or young children. Their adopted country is the only home they have ever known. They have studied...

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