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Next week, the Homeland Security Committee will hold a field hearing entitled “Crisis on the Texas Border: Surge of Unaccompanied Minors.” The hearing will examine the impacts of and response to the growing trend of unaccompanied children crossing the Southwest border. Texas Governor Rick Perry will testify and the findings will be included with the efforts of the Congressional working group established to investigate this crisis.
THURSDAY, July 3 at 12:00 p.m. CT
Invited Witness Include:
The Honorable Rick Perry, Governor, State of Texas
Mr. Steve C. McCraw, Director, Texas Department of Public Safety
Mr. Kevin W. Oaks, Chief Patrol Agent, Rio Grande Valley Sector, Border Patrol, Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Additional Witnesses To Be Announced
"With every day of inaction by the federal government to secure our southern border, the crisis of illegal immigration and the threat to national security from criminal elements grow worse.
At a time when President Obama and many in Washington continue to ignore this serious situation, I applaud Chairman McCaul for his efforts to address this problem, and for bringing his committee to the border to see this crisis firsthand."
originally posted by: stirling
I sincerely hope to hell you are right Farly.....But I suspect this is just window dressing for the publics consumption.....and an election issue for the GOP....
originally posted by: Wrabbit2000
So a committee will have a meeting about it next week?
Well, hot damn. At this rate, we'll have a useful suggestion by the end of the year, at least!
Gotta love Government in action.
On July 6, President Barack Obama signed MAP-21 into law. As with most bills these days, Congress had to pass it in order for us to know what’s in it. Only the committee members, conferees, and lobbyists had the access to know precisely what was in it, and big business, big energy, and various and sundry special interests got just what they wanted -- including state highway departments that got the environmental rules so relaxed, they can literally add toll lanes to any highway without so much as a public hearing or ANY study of the impacts, so long as it’s within the existing right of way.
So for a time, Texans thought they were finally rescued from the Trans Texas Corridor, thinking that if these trade corridors ever got built, it would be done as an existing free interstate of old -- not these new-fangled ‘innovative financing’ P3s that compromise the public’s sovereignty over these critical arteries. Then, on June 22, TxDOT announced its intention to lease out the public’s right of way anyway, just like the Trans Texas Corridor was going to do, and on June 29, Congress passed MAP-21.
The three proposed NAFTA international trade corridors that connect with Mexico and Canada that are of primary interest in MAP-21 are: TTC-69/I-69 (from Laredo, Texas to Port Huron, Michigan), Canamex (from Arizona to Montana), and Ports to Plains (from Laredo to North Dakota). Three particular sections of the bill specifically advance the corridors. Several additional sections prioritize them through secondary means.