National Guard troops will be deployed to the U.S.-Mexico border to deter people from crossing illegally, federal officials said.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced the plans Wednesday, but didn’t say exactly when the deployment would start, when it would end or how many troops would be deployed.

President Donald Trump said Tuesday he wanted to send troops to the border, apparently in response to reports of a “migrant caravan” of people from Central America that planned to travel to the border to seek asylum in the United States.

Organizers of Pueblo Sin Fronteras, the group that organized the caravan, said the group now plans to stop in Mexico City and that it never planned to attempt crossing the border illegally. U.S. officials still maintain a troop deployment is necessary to ensure national security.

“We apprehend more than a thousand people a day — 300,000 a year — who violate our nation’s sovereignty by crossing our borders illegally,” the homeland security department said in its announcement. “This must end. Deploying the National Guard will serve as an immediate deterrent while dramatically enhancing operational control of the U.S. border.”

Members of Congress representing Galveston County generally supported Trump’s order.

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn emphasized the deployment decision has precedence from previous administrations.

“Utilizing the men and women of the National Guard in a supportive role, as President Obama authorized in 2010, is a common-sense way to temporarily assist law enforcement along the border,” Cornyn said. “It’s critical that the administration continue to work in close consultation with state and community leaders to ensure the border region can remain safe and prosperous.”

In an interview with Capital Tonight, a news show from Austin’s Spectrum News channel, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz said he supported sending troops to the border.

U.S. Rep. Randy Weber said he supported “strong borders” and the new plan.

“The National Guard has long played an important role in securing the Texas/Mexico border,” Weber said. “I appreciate the administration’s efforts to further secure our entire southern border.”

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott also supported Trump’s order.

“My top priority as governor is ensuring the safety and security of Texans, and securing our southern border has always been essential to that mission,” Abbott said.

“Today’s action by the Trump Administration reinforces Texas’ longstanding commitment to secure our southern border and uphold the rule of law, and I welcome the support. Going forward, Texas will continue to implement robust border security efforts, and this partnership will help ensure we are doing everything we can to stem the flow of illegal immigration.”

When the plan was first floated, U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke said sending troops to the border would be “wrong” and dangerous to soldiers, U.S. citizens and other people on the border. O’Rourke, a Democrat, is running against Cruz for U.S. Senate.

BETO’S BIG BUCKS

Beto O’Rourke opened some eyes, again, this week with his latest campaign finance reports showing some big numbers.

O’Rourke is challenging Ted Cruz for his senate seat in November. On Wednesday, O’Rourke’s campaign reported raising $6.7 million during the first three months of 2018. It is the largest single fundraising quarter he has reported during his campaign and is the largest amount raised in a Texas U.S. Senate race since 1976, according to the Dallas Morning News.

Cruz’s campaign had about $1 million more cash on hand than O’Rourke in February. The official Federal Election Commission campaign finance reports will be released in the next few days.

In local races, Randy Weber and Adrienne Bell, his Democratic opponent in Texas’ 14th Congressional District, had not yet filed first-quarter campaign finance reports as of Wednesday

In mid-February, Weber, a Friendswood Republican, held a sizable lead over Bell, who is from Pearland. Weber had $444,316.29 on hand, Bell had $7,379.80.

REGISTER TO VOTE

Today is the last day to register to vote if you want to participate in the May 5 municipal elections.

Voters in Galveston, Texas City, La Marque, Santa Fe, Hitchcock, Bayou Vista, Clear Lake Shores, Jamaica Beach and Bacliff all have contests to weigh in on this year.

To register to vote in Galveston County, you must complete an application and turn it in by mail or at a voter registrar office. The main voter registrar office is at 722 21st St. in Galveston, in the Tax Assessors office.

Forms are also available at the North County Annex, 174 Calder Road, in League City; the Texas City Annex, 2516 Texas Ave., in Texas City; and the West County Annex, 11730 state Highway 6, in Santa Fe.

To register to vote, you must be a U.S. citizen, a resident of Galveston County and at least 18 years old by Election Day. Convicted felons on probation or parole are not eligible to vote, but people who have completed their sentences might be.

Early voting for the May municipal elections begins on April 23.

NOTEBOOK

Members of the Texas House Freedom Caucus on Wednesday said they would support legislation to remove state rules barring teachers from being licensed if they are in default on their student loans. ... Campaign finance reports for local municipal elections are due today. … The Galveston Alliance of Island Neighborhoods will host a Galveston City Council candidates forum at The Grand 1894 Opera House from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. April 12.

John Wayne Ferguson: 409-683-5226; john.ferguson@galvnews.com or on Twitter @johnwferguson.

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(37) comments

Diane Turski

The Emperor Has No Clothes!!! No one voted for the "Fox & Friends" pundits to determine policy for the U.S. Stop this insanity by voting for common sense candidates in the Nov. 2018 elections!!! Our democracy depends on us, the citizens, to regain control of our country and restore our reputation for fairness and dignity in the world!!

Carlos Ponce

Diane, I'm surprised! Do you actually picture President Trump with no clothes? What would Sigmund Freud think of your fantasy? [wink]

Gary Scoggin

Carlos, gotta agree with you on that one! I just can’t unthink it. 🤯

Jim Forsythe

The phrase "emperor's new clothes" has become an idiom about logical fallacies. The story may be explained by pluralistic ignorance. The story is about Sigmund Freud a situation where "no one believes, but everyone believes that everyone else believes. Or alternatively, everyone is ignorant to whether the emperor has clothes on or not, but believes that everyone else is not ignorant.
Sigmund Freud would not have to guess, as a nude statue was on view.
, August 18, 2016,
New Yorkers saw the naked truth about Donald Trump — and it wasn’t pretty.A disturbing nude statue of GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump sporting his trademark comb-over and nothing more — materialized bizarrely Thursday in Union Square.The billionaire’s buck-naked image became an instant internet sensation while drawing hordes of onlookers eagerly snapping pictures or shooting video with their smartphones

If the statue is not enough, ask Stormy for a picture.
Several Evangelical Christian leaders are planning a sit-down with President Trump in June over allegations that his lawyer paid an adult film star $130,000 in 2016 for her silence about an alleged affair with Trump.
"There's things that are like fingernails on the chalkboard to people of faith. That's not who we are; that's not a 'fruit of the Spirit'; that's not leading with humility," said another person familiar with the talks.Trump has denied the affair and any knowledge of his lawyer Michael Cohen's payment to Daniels, whose lawyer is seeking to depose the president over claims he defamed Daniels by denying it.


Carlos Ponce

Does Jim Forsythe really believe that statue actually looks like President Trump? The girth and size actually resembles "Ginger" (Joshua Monroe) the sculptor sans the beard. He must have used himself as a body model. Joshua Monroe is not known to make realistic statues. He was commissioned to create five of them. New York City Parks Department removed the "statue".
IИDECLIИE commissioned the work."IИDECLIИE focuses on social, ecological and economical injustices carried out by American and International governments, corporations and law enforcement agencies."
CNN did a report interviewing Evangelical Christian women voters. Did the "Stormy" allegations have an effect on the Evangelical vote? Watch for yourself.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-nvCmc6Np1Q
Jim, go watch a real scandal like the movie "Chappaquiddick". But a Democrat leaving a woman to drown gets re-elected.

Keith Gray

Diane I am more concerned with my family’s safety and sovereignty, and really do not give two cents on what others think about us… in fact, I had rather they fear us.

Jim Forsythe

"that statue actually looks like President Trump?" Yes, because every one knows who the subject is at first glance.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and the statue is a beauty.
Nowhere did I say anything about Evangelical Christian women voters , just that Evangelical Christian leaders are planning a sit-down with the President . What does Ted Kennedy have to do with Trump being nude?

Carlos Ponce

"Yes, because every one knows who the subject is at first glance."
Not really Jim. It's called a "caricature".
"...and the statue is a beauty." That's sick.
Evangelical Christian women aren't leaders? That sounds sexist.
From NPR:
"Recent polls suggest a majority still back Trump despite the Daniels allegations..."
"The meeting is part of an effort to rally and reassure conservative voters, especially white evangelicals who fueled Trump's run to the White House, ahead of this year's midterms."
"Penny Nance of Concerned Women for America, expressed optimism that the president will weather the Daniels storm."
"Ralph Reed, chairman of the Faith and Freedom Coalition, also said it's 'highly dubious' that the allegations will substantially erode support for the president or suppress midterm turnout."
"There is a very active discussion about the desire of evangelical leaders to get together again, principally to discuss policy issues going into 2018. And it has nothing to do with any questions about the past life of our president."
About Ted Kennedy? Liberals are trying to make Stormy Daniels allegations into a scandal. Interesting that when a REAL scandal emerges, Liberals are mum.

Jim Forsythe

Are complaining only about liberals or are you complaining about Democrats also ?
The House, Senate and the White house are controlled by Republicans and you complain that Liberals are mum.
If they can not get anything done when they are in control, it will never get done.
What REAL scandal are you talking about? The Russia scandal where results are coming in . The Hillary thing for the umpteen time?
If any are found guilty, they should get the max sentence.
"Stormy Daniels kept the dress she wore during an alleged 2006 sexual encounter with President Donald Trump and plans to have it tested for DNA." This has the feel of the last impeachment dress.


Carlos Ponce

Jim, no one really cares about Stormy Daniels and her allegations. Americans care about jobs, the economy, border security, drug addiction.
Bill Clinton was not impeached for what he did with Monica Lewinsky nor her "dress". Lying under oath however was an impeachable offense.

Jim Forsythe

Clinton charges were for perjury and obstruction of justice.
The impeachment charges against Clinton arose from Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr's investigation into his conduct during the Monica Lewinsky scandal and the Paula Jones lawsuit. The dress was part of the scandal. Some people care about Stormy and the rest of the women, some don't.

Carlos Ponce

No one cares except Liberal diehards. Donald Trump will not be impeached. Get used to it!

Jim Forsythe

"Donald Trump will not be impeached." You never know. If the midterms change the makeup of the House, who knows.
"Congressman Charlie Dent (R- PA) expressed his concerns on CNN tonight about President Trump and Republicans amid the Stormy Daniels news cycle.Dent, who is not running for re-election, told Anderson Cooper Evangelicals seemingly don’t care about a President “living by a personal code that they would find objectionable.”
Cooper asked if there’s any way Evangelicals would’ve responded like this if similar scandals faced Barack Obama.
“Oh no, they’d be having a bloody shirt,” Dent said. “It’d be a human rights violation had the shoe been on the other foot… We’d be screaming morning to night He even brought up the Clinton era:
“A lot of folks were pretty darn alarmed and outraged and had a strong voice about––saying character counts, and now that the shoe’s on the other foot, a lot of those same folks are pretty damn silent.”

Carlos Ponce

Donald Trump WILL NOT be impeached.

Carlos Ponce

People like the increase in their paychecks. Nancy Pelosi has vowed to remove the tax reforms. Will people vote to do away with their increase take home pay? No. But please keep Nancy. With her in the House..........

Steve Fouga

Back to the original subject, Sen. Cornyn says: "“Utilizing the men and women of the National Guard in a supportive role, as President Obama authorized in 2010, is a common-sense way to temporarily assist law enforcement along the border..."

It makes sense to me, if they can actually make arrests and use deadly force if necessary.

I do wonder, why now? I thought illegal crossings were w-a-a-a-a-a-y down since the president authorized law enforcement to exercise the rule of law in regards to immigration.

Sounds like a Trumpian smokescreen to distract his base from Russia, Stormy, Karen McDougal, Scott Pruitt, stock market debacles, etc...

Might still be a good idea, though... 🤔

Carlos Ponce

" I thought illegal crossings were w-a-a-a-a-a-y down since the president authorized law enforcement to exercise the rule of law in regards to immigration."
A no-borders group, Pueblo Sin Fronteras, is behind the caravan to lure Hondurans to the United States as a political move against President Trump. As reported by Huffington, around 80% of women involved in such movements to the north are raped. See: "80% Of Central American Women, Girls Are Raped Crossing Into The U.S."
https://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/central-america-migrants-rape_n_5806972
Although the article dates back to December 2014, the same goes on today. ThinkProgress and other Liberal websites dispute this claim only because Trump repeated it.
Latina.com reports "rape trees" along the southern border where "cartel members and coyotes rape female border crossers and hang their clothes, specifically undergarments, to mark their conquest".
US News reports "rape trees" in Brooks County, Texas.
Liberals at first denied the existence of caravans.
Politifact reported "We confirmed that a caravan of 1,200 to 1,500 people from Central America--not caravans--was in southern Mexico, about 900 miles from the Rio Grande..."
A caravan that's not a caravan - huh! [huh]

Carlos Ponce

And the word going around south of the border is "Get in before the wall goes up".

Steve Fouga

I guess you missed my point entirely. Either illegal border crossings are down due to enforcement of immigration laws or they're not. If they are down, it means that a very natural tactic, one that's already paid for, i.e., allowing LEOs to do their job, is working, and should be continued.

Only if this tactic isn't working should we resort to far more expensive options like building a wall or sending 2,000-4,000 troops to the border. Still, if sending troops to the border can have a big impact, great. I don't have nearly the problem with this that I do with Scott Pruitt and Ryan Zinke.

Carlos Ponce

They were down but now they have increased. And the word south of the border is "Get in before the wall goes up".

Jim Forsythe

A large portion of illegal aliens are visa over stayers. Until we address this problem , a wall will not solve anything. We need to get updated with our technology, that would stop this. we have what we need , but are not using it.
"A new report from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) states that visa overstays more than doubled in the last fiscal year, surpassing 600,000 total.
The report reveals a major portion of illegal aliens living in the U.S. are people who have stayed in the U.S. past their formal departure dates. This, combined with previous reports of technology issues faced by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials, presents a daunting challenge for those trying to enforce immigration laws.
During Fiscal Year 2016 which ended on September 30, 2016, 628,799 overstayed their visas and became illegal aliens. This compares to the Fiscal Year 2015 total of 304,000, as reported by Breitbart News."

Jim Forsythe

Kyle Craft Before the Wall
"If the wall it goes up and there’s no need to leave
Could I get all I want from the number on the screen?
If I dial 1-800 will you bring it to me
Straight to my couch the American dream
If the wall it goes up and your Jesus comes back
And he knocks on the door will you stand to attack
If he don’t have his papers and he don’t have much cash
Would you take him in, jail him, or just send him back?"
https://genius.com/Kyle-craft-before-the-wall-lyrics


Carlos Ponce

Tell your "genius" Kyle Craft Jesus will return to Jerusalem to the New Temple they will construct on the Temple Mount. Your Kyle Craft is apparently some bozo who uses Biblical metaphors without actually knowing what is in the Bible. HILARIOUS!

Jim Forsythe

"And the word going around south of the border is "Get in before the wall goes up".
When do you see it being built? How many years?
Must be soon, to get some so excited.
The building of the wall will happen how? How will it be paid for? Who is going to pay for it?
Even if it was started today, and it can not as it is not funded, it would take a extended amount of time to complete as the acquiring of land will take years.
A much better way of controlling the influx of people is available, but lacks the statement some want to leave in history.

I do not know Kyle Craft , so he is not my "genius".
"Craft was born in Shreveport, Louisiana. First drawn to music through the Baptist church choir in his early childhood, . At the age of 15, he started playing the acoustic guitar his grandmother gave him for Christmas. He began to record songs on a laptop that he bought in 2007."
"He has reconnected with Sub Pop Records."

Carlos Ponce

The wall will be built - and soon!
The website JIM FORSYTHE provided is "genius.com"

Steve Fouga

The wall will never be built. There's not enough time left in Trump's presidency to build it, and no future president, Repub or Dem, will push for it. Congress doesn't want a wall, or it wouldn't be slow-rolling the president. The citizenry at large doesn't want it. It'll never happen, because it's a bad idea.

Carlos Ponce

"The wall will never be built. There's not enough time left in Trump's presidency to build it, and no future president, Repub or Dem, will push for it."
Steve, they are currently rebuilding part of the old ineffective walls.
"The new wall is one of the eight prototypes which stand tall in-between San Diego, Calif., and Tijuana, Mexico. The section being replaced in Calexico is reportedly over 2 miles long and will replace the old wall which was built in the 1990’s."
"U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced that a groundbreaking near the Santa Teresa port of entry on Monday will mark the official start of construction along a 20-mile stretch of the border. The $73 million contract for the work was awarded to a Montana company in February. With a new wall, federal officials say agents working in Southern New Mexico will be better equipped to stop drug trafficking and illegal crossings in the area."
https://www.elpasotimes.com/story/news/immigration/2018/04/08/border-bollard-wall-work-begin-near-santa-teresa-nm/498005002/
The president will push for additional funding for what the Border Patrol says is most effective in each area.
And Trump WILL be re-elected in November 2020. And if not finished, President Pence will continue the work in 2025.

Steve Fouga

It's not a wall if it has holes in it. Replacing existing structure is a start, but that's all it is. Fixing a flat tire isn't the same as buying a new car. Eight years isn't long enough to build the wall. Big federal projects just don't move that fast.

"President Pence" is far too savvy to continue unpopular Trumpian programs. You think the wall is popular because you like it and Trump likes it. Its actual popularity is remarkably close to the president's roughly 40% approval rating.

Carlos Ponce

"It's not a wall yadda, yadda, yadda..."
We've had this discussion back in 2016 before the election. By "WALL" Trump means ANYTHING that serves as a BARRIER to drug trafficking, human trafficking, illegal entry. It could be a wall, something with "holes" to see the other side, electronic surveillance, etc. In other words as I posted, WHATEVER THE BORDER PATROL WANTS IN THAT REGION that will help them.
They're not "fixing a flat", they're getting a BRAND NEW TIRE to use your analogy. Old fence down, New "WALL" erected in its place.

Carlos Ponce

By the way, Steve, the "WALLS" in my home have "holes" cut in them. We call them doors and windows. But using your thinking, I've been misled all my life that my home has walls.

Steve Fouga

Hahaha, Carlos! You got me.

I should have been more specific. A border wall won't be effective keeping illegal immigrants out if it has holes.

I agree with the notion of multi-faceted border protection; in fact, I agree with it A LOT! But if that's what it is, the president shouldn't insist it's a beautiful physical wall, then say it's other things, then insist it's a beautiful physical wall, then say it's other things. It makes him sound like a petulant moron. He should decide exactly what he wants, with expert help, say it, and stick to it.

My border "wall" would have an actual physical wall where it would do the most good, and drones, motion sensors, seismo sensors, and LEOs elsewhere. Probably the same as you envision it. But my biggest change would be to become as tight-knit with Mexico and supportive of her economy as I could. I'd make Mexico my most beloved ally in the Western Hemisphere, and do everything within my power to bolster her economy.

Carlos Ponce

"But if that's what it is, the president shouldn't insist it's a beautiful physical wall, then say it's other things, then insist it's a beautiful physical wall, then say it's other things."
Apparently your news source did not cover everything candidate Trump said about border security. He did insist on a "big beautiful wall" but he also said he would listen to the recommendations of the Border Patrol Agents. That's why they endorsed him. I explained this in pre-election 2016 when Liberals only heard the term "wall". Not fake news but it omitted EVERYTHING else candidate Trump said about border security.

Carlos Ponce

How to make Mexico pay for the wall. On the side facing Mexico sell ad space like a billboard.
American side BLANK
Mexican side - "Dos Equis", "Carta Blanca", "Pan Bimbo", "Gamesa", etc. And they could save a wall for President Trump - "El Presidente"[wink]

Steve Fouga

I don't give a damn about candidate Trump. He's my president now, and I expect him to to be consistent, logical, statesmanlike, wise, and to work in my best interests. Mistakes are allowed, to a point. Those are my expectations, and if he doesn't meet them, well... he doesn't have my support.

Carlos Ponce

When it comes to border security, candidate Trump is consistent with President Trump. Promises are being fulfilled.

Jim Forsythe

Steve, you are right. Just to acquire the land will take years, especially in Texas. And to acquire the land it will require the funds be budgeted. At this time, it will be hard to get the 60 votes need to get the funds .If the money is approved, the land must still be acquired.
“If the landlord does not willingly enter into a contract, you will have to go to court,” and condemnation cases, can take a long time.
At this time all that can be constructed is replacement for what is already in place, not fencing in new areas.
ALBUQUERQUE - The U.S. government has awarded a Montana-based company a contract worth more than $73 million to design and build replacement fencing along 20 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border in southern New Mexico, officials confirmed Wednesday.


Carlos Ponce

Jim, IMMINENT DOMAIN.
They are tearing down the old PC worthless fences and replacing them with a better model. They ALREADY have that land. And these PC fences were constructed where there was (and still is) the most traffic. So why not start there?
And Jim, remember your geography. The border between Mexico and Texas is the Rio Grande. There are other plans other than a "wall" for some of that area. "Walls" are for the border in California, Arizona and New Mexico.
As for the Rio Grande, maybe if it was stocked with Galveston County alligators......[wink]

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