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Austin City Hall Risks $7.3M Fine by Blocking Concealed Carry, Says Analyst

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H/T Breitbart Texas.

To understand why this defiance is coming from the Austin City Hall I did a search for the Mayor of Austin and found out it is DemocRat Steve Adler now I understand.

Central Texas Gun Works owner Michael Cargill claims Austin, Texas, is risking a $7.3 million fine rather than allow concealed carry permit holders to be armed in City Hall.

Cargill’s assessment comes after he initiated a complaint against Austin, which Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton turned into a lawsuit against the City. The complaint and subsequent suit revolve around a 2015 law requiring concealed carry to be honored in government buildings/properties. Cargill alleged that Austin’s City Hall kept its 30.06 (concealed carry prohibited) sign after the law was implemented and, even after turning the sign to reduce visibility, gave him a verbal notice that he could not carry.

The Texas Tribune reports that Paxton brought suit in May 2016, on the grounds that “Austin banned firearms in its city hall under the law’s ‘government court’ exception, which prohibits them ‘on the premises of any government court or offices utilized by the court,’ unless a written regulation or the individual court authorizes it.” But Paxton’s office indicated it could not ascertain “which government court or office utilized by a government court, if any, is located within the city hall building.”

The suit brought by Paxton is ultimately intended to bring Austin into line with the 2015 law and should Austin lose, it could also mean a hefty fine resulting in the loss of millions of tax dollars.

Cargill spoke to Breitbart News on January 8, saying he calculated the per-day fine Austin is compiling and he believes the current, total amount is around $7.3 million. He explained the the fine for day one of violating the 2015 law is “$1,000 to $1,500; the second day is $10,000 to $10,500; every day thereafter is $10,000 to $10,500 as well.” Cargill said he began tallying the penalties at the start of 2016 to date.

Even on the lesser scale of $1,500 in fines each day, Austin would owe over $1.1 million at this point.

Cargill explained the law is structured so that fines accrued via failure to comply are used for infrastructure projects around the state. In other words, in the event that Austin loses the suit, millions of local taxpayer dollars could be used to repair roads and bridges in Dallas, Lubbock, or another Texas city.

Austin asked that the suit against the city be dismissed, but on December 22, 2017, Fox 7 reported that Travis County District Court Judge Lora Livingston ruled that Paxton’s suit can proceed.

Cargill reacted to Livingston’s ruling by saying, “It’s time that our elected officials stopped violating our Second Amendment rights, and all of our Constitutional rights. It’s time that they started following the law and that is all that we ask.”

WATCH: Nurses Laugh as World War II Veteran Lays Dying

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H/T Breitbart Texas.

Was the laughing and inaction on the nurses part as a result of racism?

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A hidden camera video shows nurses laughing as a decorated World War II veteran lay dying in his nursing room bed.

The video was obtained by the NBC affiliate in Atlanta, Georgia, after a legal fight. The television station fought in court until the nursing home dropped its appeal to the state’s highest court. Lawyers for the nursing home fought to prevent WXIA-TV/11Alive from getting the video, they reported.

The family of 89-year-old James Dempsey sued Northeast Atlanta Health and Rehabilitation after Mr. Demsey died.

The video shows the elderly veteran calling for help six different times before falling unconscious. The father and grandfather from Woodstock, Georgia, was grasping for air. The hard-to-watch event happened in February of 2014.

According to the report by the Georgia NBC affiliate, the staff at the nursing facility found him unconscious at 5:28 a.m. but the staff did not call for emergency assistance until 6:25 a.m.–nearly an hour later.

A video of the deposition of one of the nurses is embedded in the 11Alive story. The video shows her struggling to respond after she testified that she administered CPR to Mr. Dempsey continuously but the video (see 5:00 mark) shows that CPR was never given.

The nurse replied to the lawyer saying, “Sir, that was an honest mistake.” “I was just basing everything on what I normally do.”

The self-described “Queen of Resident’s Rights,” Wanda Nuckles testified that a nurse is not supposed to stop chest compression until they receive a directive from a doctor.

11Alive reported that when a nurse finally responds, she failed to check any of Mr. Dempsey’s vital signs. When a nurse had difficulty getting Mr. Dempsey’s oxygen tank operational, something struck the nurses as funny, they laughed.

There was laughter among the nurses and the supervisor admitted there was no “sense of emergency” when the medical staff was with Mr. Dempsey by his bed.

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The NBC affiliate in Atlanta reported that it took Northeast Atlanta Health and Rehabilitation, which is owned by Sava Senior Care, 10 months to fire the nurses after they were provided the hidden video. Nuckles and one of the other nurses seen in the video surrendered their licenses in September. The nursing facility is still operating in Atlanta.

 

Feds Catch Two MS-13 Murder Suspects Illegally in the U.S.

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H/T Breitbart Texas.

These vicious animals need to be wiped out.

Two MS-13 gang members that are in the country illegally and are wanted fugitives for various murders in the U.S. were recently caught hiding in Maryland.

Federal authorities arrested Misael “Temblor” Zambrano Gonzalez in southeast Baltimore after a brief foot chase in a residential area. The man is wanted on two separate murder warrants in two states.

According to information released by the U.S. Marshals Service, Zambrano is wanted for the 2016 murder of a 16-year-old male teen in Houston, Texas. Zambrano fled to Maryland where he reportedly carried out another homicide in 2017.  Zambrano is also a suspect in the July 30 murder of 35-year-old Wilson Hernandez in Indianapolis. According to the Tennessean, Zambrano and Hernandez got into a heated argument over a woman that escalated to the point where  Zambrano stabbed the victim eight times in the back. Shortly after, Zambrano was reportedly able to escape authorities by jumping from a balcony.

Deputy U.S. Marshals and local authorities also tracked down and arrested Milton A. Portillo Rodriguez, an MS-13 member from El Salvador who is wanted for his alleged role in another murder in Anne Arundel County, Maryland.

The capture of both men was done with the use of task forces and special response teams since they are considered to be armed and dangerous. These high-risk arrest operations have become more common in Maryland as law enforcement is forced to deal with the increasing presence of MS-13 members and other criminal alien gangs. At the same time, politicians who push a pro-immigration agenda inadvertently created a breeding ground for the MS-13 as they are able to recruit and expand operations in sanctuary cities.

In Washington, D.C., officials went beyond pushing sanctuary policies and dedicated a $500,000 legal defense fund aimed at helping illegal immigrants and their families in case they are arrested by federal authorities, Breitbart Texas reported.

Robert Arce is a retired Phoenix Police detective with extensive experience working Mexican organized crime and street gangs. Arce has worked in the Balkans, Iraq, Haiti, and recently completed a three-year assignment in Monterrey, Mexico, working out of the Consulate for the United States Department of State, International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Program, where he was the Regional Program Manager for Northeast Mexico (Coahuila, Tamaulipas, Nuevo Leon, Durango, San Luis Potosi, Zacatecas.

Illegal Alien Drunk Driver Allegedly Kills Father of Three

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One more example of why we need a secure border along with a wall.

An illegal alien who had previously been deported three times is now accused of drunk driving and killing a father of three children in a car crash.

Nemias Garcia-Velasco, a 32-year-old illegal alien from Mexico, was arrested and charged with vehicular homicide after Silvano Torres, a 58-year-old father of three, was killed in a car wreck where Velasco was allegedly driving drunk, according to a report by the Omaha World-Herald.

According to police, Velasco was driving the vehicle drunk with Torres in a back with no seat belt on in Omaha, Nebraska. Police said Velasco had drank 12 bottles of beer before getting behind the wheel. Torres was killed when the illegal alien allegedly lost control of the car, going upwards of 100 mph, and hit a guardrail, with the car rolling over before bursting into flames.

Following the crash, Torres was pronounced dead, while Velasco and another passenger, 16-years-old, were taken to a nearby hospital and treated for severe burns from the fire.

Velasco, though, was not supposed to be in the U.S. to begin with, having already been deported a whopping seven times, dating back to 2005, 2009 and 2011, according to federal immigration officials.

Torres’ girlfriend, Rosa Flores told the Omaha World-Herald she wants answers from the illegal alien.

“If he knew that he was drinking and he knew that he wasn’t able to drive, why did he?” Flores said. “He didn’t stop to think about the consequences of what could happen. It’s not fair that he took the life of somebody else.”

Flores said Torres was legally present in the U.S. and had been living in Omaha for nearly six years, arriving from neighboring states where he found work. Torres leaves behind two daughters and a son, all of whom are currently living in Mexico.

Velasco is being held on a $2 million bond.

Dallas County Issues First Indictment in Voter Fraud Probe

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More proof President Trump is right about voter fraud.

A Dallas County grand jury handed down its first indictment in the ongoing voter mail-in ballot fraud investigation triggered after election officials sequestered hundreds of absentee ballots in Democrat races over voter irregularities in the May 6 local election.

Prosecutors charged Miguel Hernandez, 27, with illegal voting, a second degree felony. The Dallas Morning News reported the grand jury heard the case against him on Friday afternoon and then released its indictment on Monday. If convicted, he may face up to 20 years in prison. However, the suspect remains at-large.

Reportedly, he disappeared before June 2, the date when the Dallas County District Attorney’s office issued its first arrest warrant in the investigation for Hernandez. He stands accused of allegedly forging the signature of at least one voter after collecting the individual’s blank absentee ballot.

Breitbart Texas reported on the alleged voter harvesting scheme which purportedly targeted elderly residents in hotly contested city council races in two precincts. Amid revelations that officials sequestered 700 suspicious absentee ballots, which placed the results of these local elections in limbo temporarily, shocking audio emerged. It suggested the alleged corruption may have reached all the way into the Dallas County Elections Department and affected the cities of Dallas and Grand Prairie.

Dallas County officials opened a criminal investigation into the May 6 election after persistent voter fraud allegations surfaced over mail-in ballots in Democrat races, Breitbart Texas reported. Officials pushed pause on the results of the election to sort out the situation but on May 17, the city council reluctantly voted to accept the results of the election.

Subsequently, Attorney General Ken Paxton and his office joined the ongoing fraud investigation after Dallas County District Attorney Faith Johnson requested such assistance from the A.G.’s office, saying it would enable her to better expand her resources in probing the suspicious absentee ballots.

Following the announcement of the Hernandez indictment, Governor Greg Abbott tweeted: “First indictment issued in Dallas County Voter Fraud Case. I suspect we’ll see more to come.”

Last October, the state opened an investigation into voter fraud allegations in neighboring Tarrant County where reports of suspicious mail-in ballots and vote harvesting schemes erupted a month before the November 8, 2016, national election.

The Texas Legislature reconvenes for a special session that begins on July 18. Among the governor’s limited list of priority items he called for legislation “enhancing the detection, prosecution, and elimination of mail-in ballot fraud.”

State Senator Kelly Hancock (R-North Richland Hills) and Representative Craig Goldman (R-Fort Worth) continue to co-author this bill.

DACA Might Not Survive Legal Challenge, Says DHS Secretary Kelly

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DACA should not survive this legal challenge.

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary John Kelly admitted that the Obama executive action program known as Deferred Action Against Childhood Arrivals (DACA) might not survive a legal challenge threatened by Texas and ten other states.

Secretary Kelly told members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus that DACA could be in jeopardy if the threatened lawsuit moves forward. Breitbart Texas reported Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton authored a letter to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions threatening to sue the government if DHS does not phase out the DACA program. Attorneys general from nine other states and the governor of a tenth state joined in signing the letter.

Kelly met with members of the Congressional Hispanic Conference behind closed doors where he delivered the message that the government might not be able to defend the program created under the Obama Administration, the Washington Post reported. DACA put a temporary halt on deporting certain people who were brought to the U.S. illegally by their parents.

The secretary would not take any questions following his meeting. However, DHS spokesman David Lapan told the reporter, “This is what he’s being told by different attorneys, that if it goes to court it might not survive.”

He warned that if Congress fails to pass a bill protecting DACA “they’re leaving it in the hands of the courts to make a decisions.”

The Hispanic Congressional leaders asked Kelly to support the “Bridge Act,” a bipartisan bill designed to preserve DACA. Following the meeting, a “visibly shaken” Representative Luis V. Gutierrez (D-IL) told the Washington Post, ““Jeff Sessions is going to say, ‘Deport them.’ If you’re going to count on Jeff Sessions to save DACA, then DACA is ended.”

Defending DACA in court could prove to be difficult. Then-Texas Attorney General (now governor) Greg Abbott, and the other members of the coalition of states, successfully sued the Obama Administration over the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) program, Breitbart Texas reported. The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the order by Judge Andrew Hanen and the U.S. Supreme Court denied the government’s appeal to the highest court, leaving the lower court ruling in place. Following the November election, the Obama Administration announced it was leaving the issue to the Trump Administration to handle.

In June, Breitbart News reported Secretary Kelly “formally killed off President Obama’s” DAPA program. Many of the same arguments about President Obama’s authority to create DAPA by executive action could be made against DACA.

“We respectfully request that the Secretary of Homeland Security phase out the DACA program,” Texas Attorney General Paxton and the coalition wrote in their letter to Attorney General Sessions. “Just like DAPA, DACA unilaterally confers eligibility for work authorization and lawful presence without any statutory authorization from Congress.”

“For these same reasons that DAPA and Expanded DACA’s unilateral Executive Branch conferral of eligibility for lawful presence and work authorization was unlawful, the original June 15, 2012 DACA memorandum is also unlawful,” the letter continues. “The original 2012 DACA program covers over one million otherwise unlawfully present aliens.”

The letter concludes stating that if the Secretary Kelly does not phase out the DACA program, their original lawsuit will be amended to challenge “both the DACA program and the remaining Expanded DACA permits.”

Lapan told reporters that Kelly spoke with several lawyers, both inside and outside the department. “Most of them felt that DACA, as it exists, is not legally sustainable,” Lapan said.

Cookie Store Suspends Teen Employee Who Bought Brownie for Cop

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This bint behind the police officer needs her ass kicked.

Photo: Great American Cookies

KATY, Texas – A cookie retail outlet suspended a teenage employee after he purchased a brownie and gave it to a police officer.

Despite Great American Cookies’ marketing message of “Share the Fun of Cookies,” the store at Katy Mills Mall suspended 18-year-old Zack Randolph after he purchased a brownie and gave it to a police officer that regularly patrols the mall. The suspension came after the person behind the officer in line complained, Fox 26 Houston reported. The mall is located in Katy, Texas, just west of Houston.

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The teen did not give away the snack without paying for it. In fact, Fox 26 reported, he paid the full retail price for the brownie with his own money and did not use his employee discount.

“He’s just a really nice guy and on top of that he has a badge,” Randolph told the reporter “That’s enough for me to buy him something. That’s the least I can do.”

Randolph took $2.75 out of his pocket and paid the officer’s tab.

Randolph’s mom, Tami Randolph, told the Fox 26 reporter, “He was told you know you’re probably going to get fired.”

Following Randolph’s gesture of appreciation for the officer, the man and woman behind him in line asked for a free desert as well.

A ruckus began that escalated to the point Randolph took refuge in a back room while the store’s assistant manager and another employee dealt with the unhappy customers.

“He put his daughter down and came around to the side and was about to come back and come at me and thankfully my assistant manager and my co-worker stopped him,” Randolph stated.

Under the category of “no good deed goes unpunished,” the store’s management notified the teenage he was in trouble. They “wrote him up” and issued a one-week suspension. The written disciplinary action also included a threat of termination if something like this happened again.

Tami Randolph posted her account of the incident on her Facebook page which then went viral.

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Apparently bowing to pressure, Great American Cookies backtracked on the suspension.

In a statement reported by Fox 26, the company stated they reviewed the incident and realize “the employee was right.” They said he is no longer in trouble and lifted the suspension. Store managers wrote, “We owe the employee an apology.” The managers indicated they reached out to him and his mother to resolve the matter.

Houston Mayor Wants to Hop on ‘Sanctuary’ Lawsuit Bandwagon

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I guess the city of Houston doesn’t have anything better to spend the taxpayers money on than a lawsuit against the Sanctuary City ban.

HOUSTON, Texas — Mayor Sylvester Turner says he wants to join other cities in suing the State of Texas over Senate Bill 4 – the sanctuary city ban.

This month, Mayor Turner plans to submit a vote to Houston City Council on the issue of suing over the controversial bill. The Bayou City’s mayor tweeted early Thursday morning, “#SB4: I will ask this month City Council to consider and vote to join the lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of SB4.”

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Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed the sanctuary city ban into law on May 7 during a Facebook Live event. Breitbart Texas reported in an exclusive interview with Governor Abbott that law enforcement and other officials who implement sanctuary policies and release criminal aliens with detainers will now be subject to the “stiffest penalties in America.”

Senate Bill 4, authored by Senator Charles Perry (R-Lubbock), prohibits state criminal justice agencies, campus police departments, and local jurisdictions from discouraging or prohibiting a person who is a commissioned peace officer, a corrections officer, a booking clerk, a magistrate, or a district attorney, criminal district attorney, or other prosecuting attorney, from following immigration laws.

As reported by Breitbart Texas, the tough anti-sanctuary bill makes it a crime for sheriffs and chiefs of police to refuse to cooperate with immigration officials. These law enforcement officials could be removed from office for providing “sanctuary” for the criminal illegal aliens in their jails.

The provisions make it a Class A misdemeanor for sheriffs, police chiefs, and other law enforcement officers and those appointed by them, to refuse to cooperate with immigration officials. Elected officials also face removal from office when the bill becomes law.

The bill provides for civil and criminal penalties for law enforcement officers who refuse to comply with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainers.  Local entities, a state justice agency, or campus police department, would be subject to civil penalties of up to $25,500 a day for violating the new law. Civil penalties collected would be used to compensate crime victims. These governmental bodies would also not receive funds from state grants.

Texas sheriffs and other law enforcement officials were at an anti-sanctuary jurisdiction protest at the Texas Capitol on April 26, including Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez and Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez. Representatives from the Bexar County Sheriff’s Department and other law enforcement officials were there with DREAMers and other supporters of illegal immigrants, reported Breitbart Texas. When asked about whether he and other law enforcement personnel could be put in jail, Harris County (Houston) Sheriff Gonzalez replied, “I guess potentially they could if we aren’t in compliance.”

The controversial bill allows law enforcement officials to ask a person being detained about their immigration status; thus, it is broader than a measure which would allow them to do so only if the person was under arrest. Those against the bill have compared it to laws in Arizona and California and denounced it as “a show-me-your-papers style law.” The legislation expressly provides that a law enforcement official may not inquire into a person’s immigration status if they are a victim or witness to a criminal offense, or if they are reporting a criminal offense.

In his exclusive interview with Breitbart Texas after the signing of the anti-sanctuary jurisdiction bill, Abbott strongly refuted the attempts of left-of-center media, legislators, law enforcement officials, and others that “The so-called controversial part of this law is what some label as the ‘show your papers’ component.” He explained:

And what everyone seems to get wrong is they think that that provision was stricken down in the Arizona law. To the contrary, the provision in the Arizona law is stricter than the Texas law. The Arizona law required that law enforcement ASK for papers. The Texas law does not require it; it allows it so there is that one difference. But despite that difference, the Arizona law was upheld by every U.S. Supreme Court justice, including the liberals. The so-called controversial part of this law has been ruled on by the U.S. Supreme Court and upheld.

The Texas Senate passed the measure in early February after Governor Abbott declared the issue to be an emergency item in his State of the State Address.

Although Republicans control the Texas House and Senate, the road to passage has been hard fought, and hundreds testified against the bill keeping legislators up until early morning hours. The police chiefs in six of Texas’ largest cities, including Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo, responded to the passage of the bill by signing a letter in opposition.

Breitbart Texas has followed the litigation filed by the cities of San Antonio, El Paso, and the small Texas border city of El Cenizo. The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), La Unión Del Pueblo Entero, the Texas Association of Chicanos in Higher Education (TACHE), and the Worker’s Defense Project (WDF) have all joined the legal fray.

The Austin City Council has also authorized a lawsuit to be filed against the state, KXAN reported.

Texas State Senator Jose Menendez (D-San Antonio) replied to Mayor Turner’s tweet early this morning saying, “Thank you, I hope the HCC will support, Chief @ArtAcevedo’s strong opposition to a law that will place a target on some people! #SB4  #Txlege.”

As reported by Breitbart Texas, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo referred to the legislation as an unfunded mandate. He has also repeated the oft-stated opposition that it would make illegal immigrants in communities afraid to cooperate with police officers.

Texas has been in the forefront of the sanctuary city fight. An ICE report on March 20 exposing sanctuary jurisdictions ranked Travis County (Austin), Texas, as number one in the country for not complying with ICE detainers. As Breitbart Texas reported, well over 70 percent of the 206 criminal aliens released during the week of January 28-Februay 3 were released by the Travis County Sheriff’s Office.

The sponsor of the measure in the Texas House, Rep. Charlie Geren (R-Fort Worth) said “The purpose of this legislation is to protect Texans from criminals who are here illegally. We are trying to make sure those bad actors are detained until we can determine their status.” “This bill will not affect law-abiding citizens, only those that are in trouble with the police,” he added.

Before he became Houston’s mayor in January 2017, Turner served in the Texas House from 1989 to 2016.

Democrat Texas Cities Suing to Block Sanctuary Ban

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This just proves what everyone always suspected DemocRats are anti America and want to see her bought down to a third world level.

The link at the bottom of the article will take you to the pages outlining the lawsuit.

The anti-sanctuary city law in Texas, arguably the toughest in the country, has been incendiary and the fight to its passage has been emotional. Now, two Democrat-dominated cities in Texas are joining the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) and other open border and pro-amnesty organizations to block the law.

The City of San Antonio and City Councilman Rey A. Saldaña are partnering with MALDEF, and plaintiffs La Unión Del Pueblo Entero, the Texas Association of Chicanos in Higher Education (TACHE), and the Worker’s Defense Project (WDF). They are suing the Lone Star State and its governor and attorney general in federal court. They argue that the new law is unconstitutional.

“The full scope of permanent harms to all Texas residents from the planned implementation of SB 4, on September 1, compelled the filing of this lawsuit,” said MALDEF President Thomas A. Saenz on Thursday after the case was filed. “The constitutional violations in this law are substantial and multiple, and the lawsuits challenging SB 4 should prevent its threatened unleashing of arbitrary and inconsistent law enforcement practices with cities and counties across the entirety of Texas.”

The city of Austin will be joining in the MALDEF lawsuit today by filing a motion to intervene, reported the Texas Tribune.

Last week, Breitbart Texas reported that the City of El Paso was joining the legal fray to block the law.

Breitbart Texas reported on May 11 that the mayor of the small Texas border city of El Cenizo and the League of United Latin American Citizens sued the State over the bill. A sheriff and a constable from an adjacent county are also plaintiffs in that lawsuit.

Breitbart Texas has been following the bill authored by Texas Senator Charles Perry (R-Lubbock). The legislation makes it a Class A misdemeanor for sheriffs and chiefs of police to refuse to comply with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainers. These law enforcement officials can also be removed from office for providing cover for the criminal illegal aliens in their jails.

The controversial bill allows law enforcement officials to ask those being detained about their immigration status. Open borders advocates have tried to paint the legislation as “a show-me-your-papers style law.”

Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed Senate Bill 4 on May 7. It will go into effect on September 1, 2017.

In an exclusive interview with Breitbart Texas after the signing, Governor Abbott said:

The so-called controversial part of this law is what some label as the “show your papers’ component. And what everyone seems to get wrong is they think that that provision was stricken down in the Arizona law. To the contrary, the provision in the Arizona law is stricter than the Texas law. The Arizona law required that law enforcement ask for papers. The Texas law does not require it; it allows it so there is that one difference.

“But despite that difference, the Arizona law was upheld by every U.S. Supreme Court justice, including the liberals,” the governor added. “The so-called controversial part of this law has been ruled on by the U.S. Supreme Court and upheld.”

The Texas governor has steadfastly said that he would sign Senate Bill 4 and pushed for its passage.

After Governor Abbott had signed the bill into law, he told Breitbart Texas:

“This law makes Texans safer because it prevents the types of policies that California has that lead to the tragic murder of Kate Steinle. It prevents the types of policies that were adopted by the Travis County sheriff who had policies that release back out on the street, people who are either accused of, or even convicted of, very dangerous crimes and so Texas is going to be a safer place by ensuring that law enforcement will work with federal officials to ensure that we keep behind bars, and remove from this country, those who pose a danger to our fellow Americans.”

In January, Governor Abbott responded when Travis County Sheriff “Sanctuary Sally” Hernandez announced that her department would be changing its policy about working with ICE. Abbott immediately countered that doing so “betrays your oath and the residents of Travis County.” Abbott gave her until February 1 to reverse her policy and cut the County’s state law enforcement grants on that day when she did not.

Lana Shadwick is a writer and legal analyst for Breitbart Texas. She has served as a prosecutor and associate judge in Texas. Follow her on Twitter @LanaShadwick2.

MALDEF Lawsuit Against Texas Senate Bill 4

Kellogg’s Laying Off More Than 400 in Texas

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Kellogg’s like Target has learned not to piss off Conservatives.

 

The troubles continue for cereal giant Kellogg’s as it announced layoffs of more than 400 Texans working in company distribution centers this summer.

In this latest round of layoffs, 421 employees will lose their jobs in two Texas distribution centers–201 in Fort Worth and 220 in Houston. Part of a larger ongoing cost-cutting measure, the cereal manufacturer told the Texas Workforce Commission it plans to cut most of the affected staff between July 29 and August 17, according to The Dallas Morning News.

In February, the beleaguered Kellogg Company announced it intended to axe around 1,100 jobs from payroll nationwide, shutting down 39 distribution centers by 2018 following a $53 million fourth-quarter loss in 2016. They said this was mainly due to a drop in their snack sales and unrelated to the company’s politically-driven decision to pull ads from Breitbart News in late December. Previously, the Kellogg Company said Breitbart News’ conservative readership was not “aligned with our values as a company.” This resulted in a boycott and intense online backlash against the cereal company.

According to Kellogg’s, consumer shopping patterns and behaviors have changed significantly in the past few years, impacting their snack business model. To stay afloat, the struggling company decided to retool their snack business model, switching from shipping those products directly to their U.S. retailers and instead to their retailers’ warehouses, reducing costs and offsetting dipping brand popularity. The company says the Pringles line and much of Kellogg’s North America sales already uses the warehouse model.

In an email, Kellogg’s spokesman Kris Charles told the Houston Chronicle that the company remains optimistic its displaced employees will find similar jobs with the retailers. As the distribution shifts from our network to our retailers’ networks, so too will the work.”

Charles says the company is “actively engaged in conversations” with some of their biggest retail partners who “expressed strong interest” in hiring laid off employees for high demand roles after the “transition is complete.”

In February, John Bryant, Kellogg Company chairman and CEO, said: “While this is the right move for the future of the company, it was a difficult decision because of the impact on affected employees.” He noted: “We are doing everything we can to help our employees manage through this transition.”

In recent weeks, Kellogg’s wave of major layoffs spread to Minnesota, costing more than 200 their jobs; to New York, where nearly 300 got pink-slipped, as well as Michigan and other U.S. states.

In May, the Nasdaq reported that Kellogg’s sales fell short of expectations for the first quarter of 2017, slipping 4.1 percent year over year, despite layoffs and with assistance from a tax benefit. Again, the cereal company attributed the downward spiral to industry-wide soft consumption trends for packaged food items.

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