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    South African Asylum Act

    Ms. Fitzgerald submits A BILL To provide asylum for certain White South Africans. SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. (a) This act shall be cited as the South African Asylum Act. SEC. 2. ACTIONS. (a) White South African Nationals living in rural areas of South Africa shall be eligible for Priority 2 processing under the refugee resettlement priority system after satisfying the requirements of section 207 of the Immigration and Nationality Act and having cleared a background check and appropriate screening. SEC. 3. ENACTMENT. (a) This order shall take effect immediately.
  2. Sarah Fitzgerald The Office of Rep. Sarah Fitzgerald For Immediate Release Washington, DC – Rep. Sarah Fitzgerald (R-NY) spoke to the press after introducing the South African Asylum Act. “The question of land distribution in post-Apartheid South Africa has unfortunately not been resolved properly and has caused racial tensions in rural South Africa. These tensions have turned violent, and white farmers are savagely killed each year in large numbers on their own property. The South African government has been either unwilling or simply unable to stop this as extremist political leaders in the country have encouraged violence against South Africa’s white minority. America has a refugee program for a reason, and this is a textbook case for its use. That is why I have introduced the South African Asylum Act. This bill offers Priority 2 refugee processing to rural white South African farmers who believe they are in danger and wish to seek asylum. This bill would not increase our nation’s refugee quota – it simply adds White South Africans to the list of people around the globe who continue to be brought into this country as part of our refugee program. I wish the situation had not deteriorated to this point, but it has and we should provide asylum for this ethnic group just like we have so many other times in the past in similar situations.” View full PR
  3. The Office of Rep. Sarah Fitzgerald For Immediate Release Washington, DC – Rep. Sarah Fitzgerald (R-NY) spoke to the press after introducing the South African Asylum Act. “The question of land distribution in post-Apartheid South Africa has unfortunately not been resolved properly and has caused racial tensions in rural South Africa. These tensions have turned violent, and white farmers are savagely killed each year in large numbers on their own property. The South African government has been either unwilling or simply unable to stop this as extremist political leaders in the country have encouraged violence against South Africa’s white minority. America has a refugee program for a reason, and this is a textbook case for its use. That is why I have introduced the South African Asylum Act. This bill offers Priority 2 refugee processing to rural white South African farmers who believe they are in danger and wish to seek asylum. This bill would not increase our nation’s refugee quota – it simply adds White South Africans to the list of people around the globe who continue to be brought into this country as part of our refugee program. I wish the situation had not deteriorated to this point, but it has and we should provide asylum for this ethnic group just like we have so many other times in the past in similar situations.”
  4. Sarah Fitzgerald The Office of Rep. Sarah Fitzgerald For Immediate Release Islip, NY – Speaking at an event in her district, Rep. Sarah Fitzgerald (R-NY) discussed criminal justice reform. “I do think reasonable and measured reform of our criminal justice system is beneficial. That’s why I supported the FIRST STEP Act that President Trump signed into law. This bill improves conditions in federal prisons and reduces recidivism. It gives inmates some of the tools and skills they’ll need to function on the other side and not have to return to prison. I also support the Fresh Start Educational Attainment Act introduced by fellow New Yorker Osiris Storm. Right now, if you’ve ever been convicted of some kind of drug related crime, you can never get financial aid for school. Part of my criminal justice philosophy is that generally once you’ve served your time, you’re good. Obviously there are exceptions to that, like requiring certain people to register as sex offenders. But for the most part, if you’ve done the time, you should be off the hook. I just don’t really see why someone convicted of a drug crime, say, a decade ago shouldn’t be able to receive financial aid. This bill would get rid of that restriction. “But eventually I do have to draw the line somewhere. I don’t support the blanket removal of mandatory minimums, and that’s why I voted against the Mandatory Minimum Reform Act. This bill would have eliminated mandatory minimums for drug dealers – even for people caught dealing in a school zone. We’re not talking about your cousin who got busted for having some pot in his car. We’re talking about dangerous people here. I think maybe we should look at reducing some of these minimums and maybe even eliminating them entirely for the least serious offenders. But when it comes to drug dealers, we need to be sending a real tough message.” View full PR
  5. The Office of Rep. Sarah Fitzgerald For Immediate Release Islip, NY – Speaking at an event in her district, Rep. Sarah Fitzgerald (R-NY) discussed criminal justice reform. “I do think reasonable and measured reform of our criminal justice system is beneficial. That’s why I supported the FIRST STEP Act that President Trump signed into law. This bill improves conditions in federal prisons and reduces recidivism. It gives inmates some of the tools and skills they’ll need to function on the other side and not have to return to prison. I also support the Fresh Start Educational Attainment Act introduced by fellow New Yorker Osiris Storm. Right now, if you’ve ever been convicted of some kind of drug related crime, you can never get financial aid for school. Part of my criminal justice philosophy is that generally once you’ve served your time, you’re good. Obviously there are exceptions to that, like requiring certain people to register as sex offenders. But for the most part, if you’ve done the time, you should be off the hook. I just don’t really see why someone convicted of a drug crime, say, a decade ago shouldn’t be able to receive financial aid. This bill would get rid of that restriction. “But eventually I do have to draw the line somewhere. I don’t support the blanket removal of mandatory minimums, and that’s why I voted against the Mandatory Minimum Reform Act. This bill would have eliminated mandatory minimums for drug dealers – even for people caught dealing in a school zone. We’re not talking about your cousin who got busted for having some pot in his car. We’re talking about dangerous people here. I think maybe we should look at reducing some of these minimums and maybe even eliminating them entirely for the least serious offenders. But when it comes to drug dealers, we need to be sending a real tough message.”
  6. TexAgRepublican

    Republican Primary Endorsements

    Sarah Fitzgerald endorses Paul Vang.
  7. TexAgRepublican

    Immigration Enforcement Act

    ML Creighton: 72 hours to debate.
  8. TexAgRepublican

    Swanner: No Apple Tax Breaks

    Jack Swanner The Office of Gov. Jack Swanner For Immediate Release Austin, TX – Governor Jack Swanner spoke to the press about Apple’s plans to build a new campus. “As all of you are aware, Apple is shopping around for a location to build their new campus. I got a letter in the mail from Tim Cook – the CEO of Apple – that was addressed to all the Governors. As the Wall Street Journal already reported, Apple will be looking at three factors when choosing a new site: infrastructure investment in the region, education of the workforce, and tax incentives. I have no problems with the first two requirements. The one I take issue with is the third. We’ve all seen this song and dance before. We saw it with the Amazon HQ2 bidding. We saw politicians tripping over themselves to see who could shift the most tax burden off Amazon and onto the people who voted for them. We’re not going to be doing that in the Plains Region. This is crony capitalism at its worst. It’s not fair to let Apple come in and pay a lower tax rate than what everyone else is required to pay. They’re not special, and we have plenty of other great jobs available in our region. We don’t need them. If they want to come here, they’re more than welcome to enjoy the low tax rates and business-friendly regulatory code that we already offer.” View full PR
  9. TexAgRepublican

    Swanner: No Apple Tax Breaks

    The Office of Gov. Jack Swanner For Immediate Release Austin, TX – Governor Jack Swanner spoke to the press about Apple’s plans to build a new campus. “As all of you are aware, Apple is shopping around for a location to build their new campus. I got a letter in the mail from Tim Cook – the CEO of Apple – that was addressed to all the Governors. As the Wall Street Journal already reported, Apple will be looking at three factors when choosing a new site: infrastructure investment in the region, education of the workforce, and tax incentives. I have no problems with the first two requirements. The one I take issue with is the third. We’ve all seen this song and dance before. We saw it with the Amazon HQ2 bidding. We saw politicians tripping over themselves to see who could shift the most tax burden off Amazon and onto the people who voted for them. We’re not going to be doing that in the Plains Region. This is crony capitalism at its worst. It’s not fair to let Apple come in and pay a lower tax rate than what everyone else is required to pay. They’re not special, and we have plenty of other great jobs available in our region. We don’t need them. If they want to come here, they’re more than welcome to enjoy the low tax rates and business-friendly regulatory code that we already offer.”
  10. Jack Swanner The Office of Gov. Jack Swanner For Immediate Release Austin, TX – Governor Jack Swanner spoke to the press after introducing the Immigration Enforcement Act. “During my campaign for Governor, cracking down on illegal immigration was a central theme. The recently signed budget gave our government the authorization and funding to put in place physical barriers along our southern border. These barriers include the establishment of a regional border patrol and the construction of a physical wall. Since the signing of the budget, our administration has begun to implement these provisions through executive order. “But physical barriers – walls and people – are not enough to solve the problem. We must erect virtual barriers inside our borders and enhance the enforcement of our already existing immigration laws. Today, I have introduced the Immigration Enforcement Act. This bill will eliminate incentives within our region that encourage illegal immigration and will enhance the enforcement of our immigration laws. The bill has three major components. “First, the bill makes sanctuary cities illegal. Sanctuary cities shield illegal immigrants from deportation and prevent federal agents from enforcing our immigration laws. This bill makes it a Class A Misdemeanor for any government official to interfere with federal efforts to enforce immigration laws. It also places a $25,000 fine on sanctuary cities for each violation. In addition, the bill allows local law enforcement officers to question a person’s immigration status during a detainment. “Second, the bill mandates e-verify for all employers in our region. Unscrupulous employers are hiring and exploiting illegal immigrants at the expense of other law-abiding workers and businesses. This bill mandates that all employers in the Plains Region use a system patterned on the federal e-verify program to verify the legal status of their employees. We have to protect our workforce from unscrupulous employment practices. “Third, the bill ends the practice of giving in-state tuition to illegal immigrants. To be considered an in-state resident and receive in-state tuition, you’ll have to be a legal resident of this country. We spend about $200 million each year from the Higher Education budget on subsidized tuition for illegal immigrants. Now, we’ll be able to spend that money on students who are here legally. “The Immigration Enforcement Act is phase two of our immigration plan. The first phase was authorized when we passed the budget and includes a physical wall and the establishment of a regional border patrol. This is the second phase. Illegal immigrants enter and stay in this country because local governments are willing to shield them from deportation, unscrupulous employers are willing to hire them under the table, and institutions of higher learning offer them discounted tuition. All of that needs to stop, and it will stop when we pass this bill.” View full PR
  11. The Office of Gov. Jack Swanner For Immediate Release Austin, TX – Governor Jack Swanner spoke to the press after introducing the Immigration Enforcement Act. “During my campaign for Governor, cracking down on illegal immigration was a central theme. The recently signed budget gave our government the authorization and funding to put in place physical barriers along our southern border. These barriers include the establishment of a regional border patrol and the construction of a physical wall. Since the signing of the budget, our administration has begun to implement these provisions through executive order. “But physical barriers – walls and people – are not enough to solve the problem. We must erect virtual barriers inside our borders and enhance the enforcement of our already existing immigration laws. Today, I have introduced the Immigration Enforcement Act. This bill will eliminate incentives within our region that encourage illegal immigration and will enhance the enforcement of our immigration laws. The bill has three major components. “First, the bill makes sanctuary cities illegal. Sanctuary cities shield illegal immigrants from deportation and prevent federal agents from enforcing our immigration laws. This bill makes it a Class A Misdemeanor for any government official to interfere with federal efforts to enforce immigration laws. It also places a $25,000 fine on sanctuary cities for each violation. In addition, the bill allows local law enforcement officers to question a person’s immigration status during a detainment. “Second, the bill mandates e-verify for all employers in our region. Unscrupulous employers are hiring and exploiting illegal immigrants at the expense of other law-abiding workers and businesses. This bill mandates that all employers in the Plains Region use a system patterned on the federal e-verify program to verify the legal status of their employees. We have to protect our workforce from unscrupulous employment practices. “Third, the bill ends the practice of giving in-state tuition to illegal immigrants. To be considered an in-state resident and receive in-state tuition, you’ll have to be a legal resident of this country. We spend about $200 million each year from the Higher Education budget on subsidized tuition for illegal immigrants. Now, we’ll be able to spend that money on students who are here legally. “The Immigration Enforcement Act is phase two of our immigration plan. The first phase was authorized when we passed the budget and includes a physical wall and the establishment of a regional border patrol. This is the second phase. Illegal immigrants enter and stay in this country because local governments are willing to shield them from deportation, unscrupulous employers are willing to hire them under the table, and institutions of higher learning offer them discounted tuition. All of that needs to stop, and it will stop when we pass this bill.”
  12. TexAgRepublican

    Immigration Enforcement Act

    Governor Swanner, for himself, introduces A BILL To enhance the enforcement of immigration laws and eliminate incentives for illegal immigration. SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. (a) This act shall be cited as the Immigration Enforcement Act. SEC. 2. SANCTUARY CITY PROHIBITION. (a) It shall be a Class A Misdemeanor (or the highest misdemeanor) for State and local government officials to restrict or prohibit a government entity or official from: (1) sending to or receiving from the responsible federal immigration agency information regarding an individual's citizenship or immigration status, or (2) maintaining or exchanging information about an individual's status. (b) State and local governments are subject to a $25,000 fine per offense when found restricting or prohibiting a government entity or official from: (1) sending to or receiving from the responsible federal immigration agency information regarding an individual's citizenship or immigration status, or (2) maintaining or exchanging information about an individual's status. (c) State and local law enforcement officers are allowed to question a person’s immigration status during a detainment. SEC. 3. MANDATORY E-VERIFY. (a) The Plains Government is directed to establish an Employment Eligibility Verification System (EEVS), patterned after the E-Verify system. (b) All employers in the Plains Region shall participate in the EEVS, with respect to all employees recruited, referred, or hired by such employer on or after the date that is 1 year after the date of the enactment of this act, and an employer’s failure to use the EEVS shall be treated as a violation of the INA requirement to verify employment eligibility and shall create a presumption that the employer knowingly hired, recruited, or referred an illegal alien. (c) Any employer who uses a contract, subcontract, or exchange to obtain the labor of an individual in the Plains Region shall certify in such contract, subcontract, or exchange that the employer uses the EEVS. If such certification is not included in a contract, subcontract, or exchange, the employer shall be deemed to have violated subsection (b). (d) A $25,000 fine will be imposed for each violation of this section, and employers who are convicted of a violation of this section shall be disbarred from government contracts, grants, or cooperative agreement participation in the Plains Region. SEC. 4. TUITION FAIRNESS. (a) A person who is not authorized under federal statute to be present in the United States may not be considered a resident of this region and is not eligible to receive a discounted in-state tuition rate at a two or four year public institution of higher learning in this region. SEC. 5. ENACTMENT. (a) This act shall take effect immediately.
  13. TexAgRepublican

    @sarahfitzgerald

    The definition of insanity is trying the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. The Ward immigration bill is literally an exact replica of the gang of 8 amnesty bill that died a dramatic death seven years ago.
  14. TexAgRepublican

    @sarahfitzgerald

    Twitter for Rep. Sarah Fitzgerald
  15. TexAgRepublican

    21st Century Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act

    I can't get the link to work.
  16. TexAgRepublican

    Social Media Anti-Censorship Act

    Ms. Fitzgerald, with thanks to Mr. Smith, submits A BILL To prohibit censorship of lawful speech on major social media platforms. SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. (a) This act shall be cited as the Social Media Anti-Censorship Act or SMACA. SEC. 2. DEFINITIONS. (a) For purposes of this legislation, “censorship” includes: (1) Denial of platform access and normal use thereof (e.g., lockouts, suspensions, bans) (2) “Shadowbanning” (3) Issuance of “verified” status based on any factor(s) unrelated to identity authentication (4) “Throttling” accounts and/or content without disclosure (5) Embargoing content (i.e., no “memory-holing” content without the consent of the creator) (6) Manipulating “trending” algorithms without disclosure (7) Demonetization (i.e., content-based monetization decisions) (b) “Lawful speech” is based upon the standards enshrined in the U.S. Constitution, with the following limitations: (1) No child pornography (2) No explicit, credible threats of physical violence (3) Platforms may choose to prohibit publishing any individual’s nonpublic residential address, telephone number, or email address without their consent (4) Platforms may choose to prohibit otherwise-lawful pornographic video and/or images (i.e., content containing explicit sexual acts) (5) Restrictions on copyrighted content are already addressed by the DMCA (6) Platforms may choose to prohibit “spam” on a content-neutral basis (e.g., based on frequency/similarity of posts, or any other content-neutral methodologies) (this content-neutrality limitation will not apply to spam that advertises lawful or unlawful pornographic video and/or images (i.e., content containing explicit sexual acts)) (c) “Major social media platforms” means social media platforms with a minimum of 200 million monthly active users, presently including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. SEC. 3. ACTIONS. (a) Major social media platforms are prohibited from engaging in censorship of lawful speech. SEC. 4. ENFORCEMENT. (a) A fine of $500,000 per instance of wrongful censorship shall be imposed by the Federal Communications Commission. (b) Civil remedies may also be available to aggrieved parties. SEC. 5. ENACTMENT. (a) This act shall take effect immediately.
  17. TexAgRepublican

    Swanner Signs FY2020 Budget

    Jack Swanner The Office of Gov. Jack Swanner For Immediate Release Austin, TX – Governor Jack Swanner spoke to the press at a signing ceremony for the FY2020 Appropriations Act. “Today is a big day for our region. This budget – which passed unanimously through the Regional Legislature – is the first step of a long-term vision of prosperity and security for our citizens. While it accomplishes several immediate priorities such as providing financial assistance to our farmers and building a wall along our southern border, it also puts us on the path to achieving some very lofty long-term goals for our region. By 2024, our goals are to increase K-12 education funding in the region by more than 30%, increase teacher pay by $10,000 a year, cut income taxes by 15% and cut sales taxes by 20%. This budget makes substantial progress towards these goals with $400 million of additional education funding, a 4% pay raise for our teachers, and more than $3 billion of tax relief that will save a typical family of four almost $300 next year. Furthermore, this budget also invests $150 million in the establishment of our own regional border patrol, contributes $500 million to the Teacher Retirement System of Texas, and funds a $50 million expansion of Medicaid. While this budget puts us in a great position heading into the new year, this is about so much more than just funding the government for another 12 months. This is about enacting a long-term vision of prosperity and security for our region. Today, we took a major step forward in accomplishing that vision.” View full PR
  18. Jack Swanner The Office of Gov. Jack Swanner For Immediate Release Austin, TX – Governor Jack Swanner spoke to the press at a ceremony for the establishment of the Plains Border Patrol, a new agency that will be tasked with securing the borders of the Plains Region. “Earlier today, I signed an Executive Order formally establishing the Plains Border Patrol. This agency will be tasked with securing the northern and southern borders of the Plains Region. I have appointed Freeman Martin as the Director of the Plains Border Patrol. Mr. Martin is currently Deputy Director of Homeland Security for the Texas Department of Public Safety. He has extensive law enforcement experience, having served with Texas DPS since 1990. He also has extensive knowledge of the border security efforts currently undertaken by Texas DPS, and he will be able to use that knowledge to implement effective border security policies on the regional level. “The executive order I signed today outlines the specific mission of the Plains Border Patrol. Their mission is very simple. They will be tasked with assisting State and Federal law enforcement agencies to maintain operational control of our borders with both Canada and Mexico. Ultimately, as their funding level increases over time, the goal is for the Plains Border Patrol to completely replace the Texas Department of Public Safety and other state law enforcement agencies as the primary non-federal border security force in the Plains Region. Right now, the Texas Department of Public Safety spends enormous resources securing the southern border. Funding for this purpose is about $500 million a year – more than 20% of the entire regional corrections budget. That’s how much it costs to secure the Texas-Mexico border each year. I have talked extensively about how illegal immigration takes up a disproportionate amount of funding from certain areas of our budget – especially K-12 education and Medicaid. Corrections is no different. In New Mexico, because they don’t have the kind of resources that Texas has available, they have no significant state level border patrol at all right now. There’s a real void that needs to be filled. The Plains Border Patrol will fill that void while also relieving Texas DPS to focus their resources on other crime. “To carry out this mission, the Plains Border will receive significant funding and a broad procurement authorization. For Fiscal Year 2020, the Plains Border Patrol will receive $150 million as part of a bipartisan funding agreement in the Legislature. Our intent is to increase that number significantly each year until they receive $1 billion annually by 2024. By that point, we expect the Plains Border Patrol to be fully operational and to have completely replaced the border security portfolio of Texas DPS and other state law enforcement agencies. With the funding they have and will receive, the Plains Border Patrol is authorized to hire agents and equip them with surveillance technology, small arms, and patrol vehicles. Furthermore, the Plains Border Patrol will be responsible for the long-term maintenance of the border wall we will be constructing very soon along the Plains-Mexico border. “Donald Trump said it best when he ran for President in 2016. If you don’t have borders, then you don’t have a country. Unfortunately, Washington has been unable to deliver a comprehensive border security solution. I witnessed the failure first hand as a member of Congress. Where they have failed, we will succeed. The establishment of the Plains Border Patrol is the next step towards securing our borders.” View full PR
  19. TexAgRepublican

    Swanner Begins Border Wall Construction

    Jack Swanner The Office of Gov. Jack Swanner For Immediate Release Austin, TX – Governor Jack Swanner spoke to the press after directing the Plains Government to immediately proceed with construction of a physical barrier along the Plains-Mexico border. “Today, I have signed an executive order to officially begin the process of building a physical wall along our southern border using the authorization and funding within the recently signed budget. The Plains Border Patrol will coordinate with other law enforcement agencies to identify at least 500 miles where the placement of the wall will be most appropriate and beneficial. The wall will be a critical component of our border security strategy. It will protect our citizens and our economy by preventing illegal immigrants and drug cartels from entering our region. I look forward to its completion.” View full PR
  20. TexAgRepublican

    Student Debt Bankruptcy Reform Act

    Ms. Fitzgerald and Mr. Fitzpatrick, with thanks to Mr. Delaney, submits A BILL To amend title 11 of the United States Code to make student loans dischargeable. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. This Act may be cited as the “Student Debt Bankruptcy Reform Act”. SEC. 2. EXCEPTION TO DISCHARGE. Section 523(a) of title 11, United States Code, is amended— (1) by striking paragraph (8); and (2) by redesignating paragraphs (9) through (14B) as paragraphs (8) through (14A), respectively. SEC. 3. CONFORMING AMENDMENTS. Title 11, United States Code, is amended— (1) in section 704(c)(1)(C)(iv)(I) by striking “(14A)” and inserting “(14)”; (2) in section 1106(c)(1)(C)(iv)(I) by striking “(14A)” and inserting “(14)”; (3) in section 1202(c)(1)(C)(iv)(I) by striking “(14A)” and inserting “(14)”; and (4) in section 1328(a)(2) by striking “(8), or (9)” and inserting “or (8)”. SEC. 4. EFFECTIVE DATE; APPLICATION OF AMENDMENTS. (a) Effective Date.—Except as provided in subsection (b), this Act and the amendments made by this Act shall take effect on the date of the enactment of this Act. (b) Application Of Amendments.—The amendments made by this Act shall apply only with respect to cases commenced under title 11 of the United States Code on or after the date of the enactment of this Act. PES: This bill amends the federal bankruptcy code to permit a borrower to discharge in bankruptcy a nonprofit, government, or private student loan, or an obligation to repay an educational benefit, scholarship, or stipend.
  21. The Office of Gov. Jack Swanner For Immediate Release Austin, TX – Governor Jack Swanner spoke to the press after directing the Plains Government to immediately proceed with construction of a physical barrier along the Plains-Mexico border. “Today, I have signed an executive order to officially begin the process of building a physical wall along our southern border using the authorization and funding within the recently signed budget. The Plains Border Patrol will coordinate with other law enforcement agencies to identify at least 500 miles where the placement of the wall will be most appropriate and beneficial. The wall will be a critical component of our border security strategy. It will protect our citizens and our economy by preventing illegal immigrants and drug cartels from entering our region. I look forward to its completion.”
  22. TexAgRepublican

    Governor's Mansion

    Executive Order #2 Re: Border Wall (a) With the authority vested in me as Governor by the FY2020 Appropriations Act, the Plains Government is ordered to begin the construction of the physical barrier along the Plains-Mexico border authorized in Section 8 of said act with funding provided by the aforementioned section. (b) State law enforcement officials, in coordination with the Plains Border Patrol, shall identify at least 500 miles of the Plains-Mexico border deemed to be the most suitable and strategic for the construction of a physical barrier. (c) This order shall take effect immediately. /s/ Jack Swanner Governor of the Plains
  23. TexAgRepublican

    TECHNICAL REQUESTS

    Why did our PRs get unlinked from our character profiles? I liked it when you could click on your name and see all of your PRs in one place instead of having to dig through to find them.
  24. The Office of Gov. Jack Swanner For Immediate Release Austin, TX – Governor Jack Swanner spoke to the press at a ceremony for the establishment of the Plains Border Patrol, a new agency that will be tasked with securing the borders of the Plains Region. “Earlier today, I signed an Executive Order formally establishing the Plains Border Patrol. This agency will be tasked with securing the northern and southern borders of the Plains Region. I have appointed Freeman Martin as the Director of the Plains Border Patrol. Mr. Martin is currently Deputy Director of Homeland Security for the Texas Department of Public Safety. He has extensive law enforcement experience, having served with Texas DPS since 1990. He also has extensive knowledge of the border security efforts currently undertaken by Texas DPS, and he will be able to use that knowledge to implement effective border security policies on the regional level. “The executive order I signed today outlines the specific mission of the Plains Border Patrol. Their mission is very simple. They will be tasked with assisting State and Federal law enforcement agencies to maintain operational control of our borders with both Canada and Mexico. Ultimately, as their funding level increases over time, the goal is for the Plains Border Patrol to completely replace the Texas Department of Public Safety and other state law enforcement agencies as the primary non-federal border security force in the Plains Region. Right now, the Texas Department of Public Safety spends enormous resources securing the southern border. Funding for this purpose is about $500 million a year – more than 20% of the entire regional corrections budget. That’s how much it costs to secure the Texas-Mexico border each year. I have talked extensively about how illegal immigration takes up a disproportionate amount of funding from certain areas of our budget – especially K-12 education and Medicaid. Corrections is no different. In New Mexico, because they don’t have the kind of resources that Texas has available, they have no significant state level border patrol at all right now. There’s a real void that needs to be filled. The Plains Border Patrol will fill that void while also relieving Texas DPS to focus their resources on other crime. “To carry out this mission, the Plains Border will receive significant funding and a broad procurement authorization. For Fiscal Year 2020, the Plains Border Patrol will receive $150 million as part of a bipartisan funding agreement in the Legislature. Our intent is to increase that number significantly each year until they receive $1 billion annually by 2024. By that point, we expect the Plains Border Patrol to be fully operational and to have completely replaced the border security portfolio of Texas DPS and other state law enforcement agencies. With the funding they have and will receive, the Plains Border Patrol is authorized to hire agents and equip them with surveillance technology, small arms, and patrol vehicles. Furthermore, the Plains Border Patrol will be responsible for the long-term maintenance of the border wall we will be constructing very soon along the Plains-Mexico border. “Donald Trump said it best when he ran for President in 2016. If you don’t have borders, then you don’t have a country. Unfortunately, Washington has been unable to deliver a comprehensive border security solution. I witnessed the failure first hand as a member of Congress. Where they have failed, we will succeed. The establishment of the Plains Border Patrol is the next step towards securing our borders.”
  25. TexAgRepublican

    Governor's Mansion

    Executive Order #1 Re: Plains Border Patrol SECTION. 1. ESTABLISHMENT OF THE PLAINS BORDER PATROL. (a) With the authority vested in me as Governor by the FY2020 Appropriations Act, I hereby authorize the establishment and formation of the Plains Border Patrol authorized in Section 6 of said act with funding provided by the aforementioned section. SEC. 2. LEADERSHIP. (a) Freeman F. Martin is appointed as Director of the Plains Border Patrol. SEC. 3. MISSION. (a) The Plains Border Patrol will be tasked with assisting State and Federal law enforcement border security efforts and will coordinate with such agencies to maintain operational control of both the Plains-Mexico border and the Plains-Canada border. (b) It is considered the intent and long term mission of the Plains Border Patrol to replace State law enforcement agencies such as the Texas Department of Public Safety as the primary non-federal law enforcement border security organization in the Plains Region. (c) The Plains Border Patrol will also be tasked with the long term maintenance of physical barriers purchased and constructed under the funding and authorization of the Plains Government. SEC. 4. PROCUREMENT. (a) The Plains Border Patrol will be authorized to use funding provided by Section 6 of the FY2020 Appropriations Act and any future appropriations to (1) hire agents (2) purchase surveillance equipment, including but not limited to drones, cameras and sensors (3) purchase tactical equipment, including but not limited to firearms, automatic weapons, and body armor (4) purchase patrol vehicles, including but not limited to boats and High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles. SEC. 5. ENACTMENT. (a) This order shall take effect immediately. /s/ Jack Swanner Governor of the Plains
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