This afternoon at HPOU headquarters, I had the honor of showing my support of the fight to prevent human smuggling with Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson and our next governor, General Greg Abbott.
It is important to note that human smuggling and human trafficking are two distinct crimes. For example, the definition of human smuggling is the importation and/or harboring of people into the United States involving deliberate evasion of immigration laws. Human trafficking however, is defined as the exploitation of persons for labor or services for the purpose of involuntary servitude, slavery, or forced commercial sex acts.
In Houston, we've witnessed first-hand on numerous occasions the deplorable conditions many of those smuggled into the country are forced to live in as a result of the law evading tactics utilized by smugglers to prevent detection.
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I'm excited to announce some key appointments before this Saturday's biennial Organizational Meeting of the Harris County Republican Party. Please join me in welcoming Susanna Dokupil as proposed County Party Vice-Chair, Joe Slovacek as Finance Chair, and former Bellaire Mayor Cindy Siegel as Treasurer.
I'm honored these strong conservatives have agreed to serve our party in these critical positions. With their help, we can build a professional party operation that focuses on the grassroots to ensure Texas remains a conservative Republican State.
Susanna, Joe, and Cindy have given countless hours to help grow our party and build effective grassroots organizations. Susanna played an important role in electing Senator Ted Cruz, Joe just recently helped Dan Patrick raise funds for his primary election runoff, and Cindy, a CPA, is in her second term as President of the Magic Circle Republican Women's Club while also serving as Treasurer for the Greater Houston Council of Federated Republican Women's Club.
Please help me in welcoming these great conservatives to the Harris County Republican Party.
Texas State Representative and former Humble ISD school board member, Dan Huberty, and wife, Janet, are making sure dyslexia does not keep students from reaching their full potential by awarding grants for educational programs aimed at the disability.
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State Representative Sarah Davis (R-West U) today released video of remarks to a May 14 Naturalization Ceremony on the eve of Independence Day celebrations.
Speaking to immigrants from more than 100 countries of origin, Davis proclaimed, “But whether your family settled here in the 1600s, or were born in another nation, we are all Americans, equal under the law.”
The ceremony was presided over by Federal Judge David Hittner in the Aldine community of Houston. Davis was the keynote speaker, celebrating the great tradition of legal immigration that, “enriches our country” because naturalized citizens, “invigorate our nation with new blood.”
Davis will celebrate the 4th by participating in the Bellaire July 4th Parade and Festival.
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Congressman John Culberson (TX-07) said the following after the House of Representatives passed the FY 2015 Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development Appropriations bill by a vote of 229 to 192:
I promised my constituents along Richmond Avenue and Post Oak Boulevard that I would preserve their quality of life and protect them from unwanted rail lines through their neighborhood.
I will continue to support transportation solutions—rail, road, or otherwise—that are cost-effective and have the backing of the communities that they serve. The proposed rail lines on Richmond and Post Oak don’t pass this common-sense test: they are unaffordable, they are unwanted by the residents and business owners who live or own property on those streets, and Richmond was not approved by voters. Finally, we don’t have the money for this project. METRO has said so, Mayor Parker has said so, and financial audits have said so. This bill will prevent METRO from building more rail than the taxpayers can afford.
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