Alliance for a Safe Texas - Newsletter
Issue 5, Week of March 29, 2023
Alliance for a Safe Texas – Newsletter Week 3/29
So many good bills, so little time. Which bills, if any, will get passed? Alliance for a Safe Texas and Texans are watching closely…
Supporting – HB 5000 by Rep. Kitzman
Bill Caption: Relating to licensing and regulation of certain child-care facilities, providing penalties.
Why the bill is important?
Federally run facilities housing illegal aliens and unaccompanied minors continue to operate and expand throughout the state, disregarding the local communities where the facilities operate. Over the last two years, there have been several scenarios where busloads of unaccompanied minors have popped up overnight, with no communication to local and state officials. Understandably, local and state officials and Texas citizens are concerned about the emergency and permanent influx of facilities constructed and operating without proper notification, communication, or consideration to upholding federally mandated guidelines, placing undue strain on local resources and local residents. Additionally, there are concerns about the safety and well-being of the minors in the care of these facilities and the release of the UACs to unproperly vetted sponsors. HB 5000 would require that such facilities be licensed by the state, mandating that the facilities are held to the same state codes and statutes as similarly run child-care facilities. In other words, the bill would give Texas much more oversight where none currently exists.
Take Action: What YOU can do?
Contact your state Representative and ask them to co-author or support HB 5000. HB 5000 has been referred to the State Affairs Committee, but a hearing date has yet to be scheduled. Also, calling the State Affairs committee requesting that HB 5000 receive a committee hearing.
State Affairs Committee Clerk: Ginny Holloway 512-463-0814
Call to ACTION
Alliance for a Safe Texas is still attempting to garner additional support for our sponsored letter requesting the launch of an investigation into the trafficking of unaccompanied minors in Texas. We are proud to announce that the letter officially has Bi-Partisan support. Two democrats have signed onto the sponsored letter—one representative from Harris County, where evidence of these trafficking rings is sadly well documented. We still need YOUR help! Contact your state representative AND your state senator, regardless of party affiliation, and ask them to sign onto the sponsored letter by Representative Kitzman.
Last Week at the Capitol
While at the Capitol last week, Alliance for a Safe Texas spent last Thursday testifying for several good bills for Texas during the Senate Border Security Committee Hearing:
FOR SB 600 (Relating to increasing the minimum term of imprisonment for certain criminal offenses involving the smuggling of persons),
FOR SB 1403 (Relating to an interstate compact for border security, including building a border wall and sharing state intelligence and resources.),
FOR SB 1427 (Relating to certain criminal conduct and organizations that threaten the security of this state and its residents and borders; increasing criminal penalties.),Many good bills by #txlege heard this past Thursday during the TX Senate Border Security Committee. Testimony in support of several bills attempting to rightfully designate violent cartel gangs as foreign terrorist organizations. FTO’s are known traffickers of UAC’s in Texas. SB… https://t.co/Sbh8xWhEnq
FOR SB 1709 (Relating to the prosecution of the offenses of sedition and engaging in organized criminal activity; increasing criminal penalties).
SB 1900 (Relating to foreign terrorist organizations, including the acquisition of title to real property by the compilation of information regarding certain civil actions brought against and the prosecution of certain organized crime offenses involving a foreign terrorist organization),
SB 2424 (Relating to the creation of the criminal offense of improper entry from a foreign nation),
SCR 23 (Urging the federal government to declare foreign drug cartels as foreign terrorist organizations).Testimony during today’s TX Senate Border Security Committee Hearing on behalf of @Alliance4SafeTX and myself in support of SCR 23. Proud to be standing with other mom like the amazing Senator @loiskolkhorst helping to put #TexasFirst and working together to make Texas safe for… https://t.co/5MP5khhCMf
This Week at the Capitol
This week, as of now (liable to change depending on legislative movement), the following bills are being heard this Thursday, March 30th, at 9:00 a.m. in room E1.016.
SB 1484 by Sen Creighton – Bill Caption: Relating to a border operations training program for peace officers employed by local law enforcement agencies.
SB 1518 by Sen King – Bill Caption: Relating to the establishment of a terrorist offender registry and to the supervision of those terrorist offenders, creating criminal offenses related to terrorism.
Thank you to Medina County Republican Women, Great State Republicans in Hallettsville, and Hunt County GOP for inviting Alliance for a Safe Texas to speak about the action items Texans can take to fight back against the negative consequences of the border crisis.
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