LEAGUE CITY

The commissioners court Friday upheld Galveston County Judge Mark Henry’s immigration disaster declaration, leaving open the possibility the county could spend millions of federal dollars for COVID relief to pay for local law enforcement to work on the U.S.-Mexico border and for the construction of a border wall.

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Carlos Ponce

"Galveston County commissioners approve emergency spending for border security measure" Video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMXI9veEaJo

Diane Turski

Thank you, Stephen Holmes, for proving that at least one Texas official has common sense.

domenico nuckols

Lets go to court

Margarita Sims

Agreed, Diane.

Ted Gillis

And while we ponder all of this, a group of 8-10 heavily armed white men dressed in militia style uniforms have prompted the closure of a major interstate highway near Boston this weekend as they have a stand off with local police from the nearby woods.

Maybe Abbott could offer his National Guard Troops to Massachusetts?

Carlos Ponce

Why send the Texas National Guard to a non event? It's over. What you post is hyperbole. The group was "The Rise of the Moors-Moorish American Arms" and carry a Morrocan flag with them. "white men"???????? The men pictured have a dark complexion, Ted.

This from WCVB - Boston:

"No threats were made"

Ted Gillis

oops, apparently these guys are not white....... they are some kind of Rise of the Moors group, whatever the heck that is.

Carlos Ponce

The Moroccan flag they brandish is a dead giveaway, Ted.

Wayne D Holt

Gee Ted, the way you defaulted to militant white extremist profiles although all the news I saw immediately identified them as POC, one would be tempted to believe you were...RACIST.

domenico nuckols

Can abbot spell it

domenico nuckols

Where’s New England?

domenico nuckols

He’d make a hell of a president because he doesn’t even know where half the country is

Carlos Ponce

Biden doesn't even know what city or state he's in.

Russell Rac

Biden is in Washington D.C. 86 million of us made sure of that. The idiot you worship retired to Florida. A lot of golf courses doen there i hear. At least he'll have something to do.

Carlos Ponce

"86 million of us"? You mean, you don't really exist?

Jose' Boix

Based on these 4 salient points - as posted, I am disappointed that the majority Commissioners' vote approved such ill-defined proposal:

1. The vote effectively allows Henry to move forward with spending a portion of the county’s $66 million in American Rescue Plan Act funding on the U.S.-Mexico border. But exactly how much, and how quickly that money would be spent isn’t known.

2. Henry and the commissioners also conceded the vote was in some ways symbolic and federal rules might scuttle any attempts by the county to use federal funds to stop illegal crossings at the border.

3. Henry at Friday’s meeting said he wouldn’t approve funding to go toward wall construction without seeing a clear plan to build something.

4. Henry said his primary focus of the declaration was to get law enforcement to the border.

This is not a good example of effective or efficient fiduciary management of "our money." Just my thoughts.

Carlos Ponce

"But exactly how much" Up to 10% or $6.6 million.

Jose' Boix

Still, and to me this is not a good example of effective or efficient fiduciary management of "our money." Just my thoughts again.

George Laiacona

Shifting pandemic federal funding for reasons other than the pandemic , looks like the Republicans think the pandemic is over. Take a serious look around and any intelligent person can see that the fight to protect the Americans is still going on. For our state and county officials to shift federal funds to meet their political gains, sounds like a lawsuit in the making. Then they will waste the funds in court instead of defeating the pandemic. Take a serious look around, the virus is still here.

Wayne D Holt

"Take a serious look around and any intelligent person can see that the fight to protect the Americans is still going on."

Correction: "The fight to convince Americans it's better to risk a lifetime of autoimmune disorders by way of unproven gene therapy injection rather than face a disease with an overall fatality-to-case rate in the hundredths of one percent (.08) is an uphill struggle for the Big Pharma purveyors of this solid gold snake oil, but the unholy triumvirate of government, media and the Medical Mafia slogs on valiantly in the face of rapidly mounting skepticism."

I'll see if I can make that paragraph more digestible than the hogwash you're sloshing around.

Jim Forsythe

JUNE 11, 2021: At President Joe Biden’s directive, the Department of Defense released a plan on Friday to restore $2.2 billion in military construction funds that former President Donald Trump previously used for construction of a wall on the southern U.S. border.

The plan details how the DOD can return $2.2 billion of freed military construction funds and restore the funds to 66 construction projects in 11 states, 3 territories, and 16 countries.

Wayne D Holt

"The plan details how the DOD can return $2.2 billion of freed military construction funds and restore the funds to 66 construction projects in 11 states, 3 territories, and 16 countries."

Sixteen countries. The US has 800 or so military bases/installations in foreign lands around the world. Wouldn't it be keen if we had a real southern border to match all that construction we're doing in everyone else's back yard?

Ted Gillis

I posted my retraction right away (within minutes) Carlos, geesh.

I was only using the situation as a point that armed militia groups seem like more of a national problem than a few illegals wandering through someone’s ranch.

But as Jack Cross already pointed out in another column, Ted Gillis is right and is also wrong. So there.

Carlos Ponce

I had to point out some (like Ted) jump to conclusions based on ZERO facts, just Leftist propaganda and ideology.

Don Schlessinger

"I was only using the situation as a point that armed militia groups seem like more of a national problem than a few illegals wandering through someone’s ranch." Few illegals? You're kidding right? Stop watching CNN.

Wayne D Holt

Don, he's not kidding; let that sink in and you'll see how hopeless the task is here to get the Left Mother Ship back to the hanger on earth.

And Bailey calls ME a crackpot.

Ted Gillis

Yes I admit that jumped to a conclusion (and retracted it), however, the facts are the facts, armed militias are the United States biggest domestic threat. Christopher Ray has stated such. Facts are facts, not leftist propaganda.

Carlos Ponce

The fact is Liberals are trying to convince Americans that WHITE SUPREMACISTS are the biggest threat.

“And, we won’t ignore what our own intelligence agencies have determined – the most lethal terrorist threat to the homeland today is from white supremacist terrorism,” said Joe Biden.

Actually the intelligence groups deny ever coming to that conclusion. They see terrorists as not belonging to any specific racial or ethnic group.

When Ted Gillis sees terrorists he sees WHITE PEOPLE. Look in the mirror. Do you see a terrorist?????

Ethnic warfare is part of the Marxist mantra.

Wayne D Holt

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Wayne D Holt

"however, the facts are the facts, armed militias are the United States biggest domestic threat. Christopher Ray has stated such. Facts are facts, not leftist propaganda."

You are so over the top you have become a self-parody...because you don't mean anyone but white conservative/right groups. Mostly peaceful leftist white freaks burning down cities, POC looting whole shopping districts, an FBI that spent years trying to pin something, anything on Trump, only to come up with zip; these are no threat. It's the damn constitutionalists who insist on adherence to law that is the real threat.

BTW it's Christopher Wray, not Ray. You'd have oodles more credibility if you actually spoke factually when you lecture others about facts.

Ted Gillis

Marxist mantra. I don’t even know what that is. Can you share a link?

Just kidding.

Carlos Ponce

Check the links in footnotes at:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Communist_Manifesto

Jarvis Buckley

Same old “Never Trumpers” voicing opposition.

Ted Gillis

Jarvis, you seem to assume that I am some kind of republican that came reject to Trump. Wrong, I’m a Democrat, a Never Republican!

Carlos Ponce

Democrats are "Never Trumpers" too, Ted.

Ted Gillis

I guess in practice, yes “Democrats are Never Trumpers” is a true statement. However, none of us would ever have to wear that label, as it would be redundant. A true “Never Trumper” is a republican who votes and campaigns against Trump. That’s the big difference.

Carlos Ponce

"yes “Democrats are Never Trumpers” is a true statement." Leave it at that.

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