Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Action Alert: Love is Better Than Hate

A Communication from the Longview NAACP Political Action Committee:

{UPDATE:  Read Longview News Journal article, posted Aug. 27, 2014)

From October 2014 to July 2014, over 57,000 unaccompanied children, primarily from Central America have entered into the United States along the southwestern border. Faith and community based organizations are working to accommodate the needs of these children. Needless to say, the plight and circumstances of these children is difficult and heartbreaking.

One would hope that compassion would bind us all with respect to these children.

 The editor of the Texas Baptist Standard, Marv Knox, has published a compelling article about the immigrant children; take time to read about his perspective on this human tragedy.

President Obama is urging congressional leaders to act, and in a recent speech, said he is asking congress to work with him to address the urgent humanitarian challenge on the border, and support the immigration and Border Patrol agents who already apprehend and deport hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants every year.  Read more.

Please note the following groups are offering information on how to help:
Unfortunately, some residents here in Longview, Texas, and an organized group calling themselves, We the People Longview, who are affiliated with the Tea Party, have a different perspective about how to respond to this issue.

They do not represent a perspective that the Longview NAACP supports.  We are asking you to study this issue, and inform our elected leaders about how you feel.  You matter.  Let your voice also be heard.

A resolution from We the People Longview will go before the Gregg County Commissioners Court on September 8, 2014. 

The resolution is long, so it is posted at the end of this blog, scroll down to read the entire version from, "We The People Longview".   Their communication about this includes the following plea:
Email from We The People: 
We want a strong and loud Message sent to the Federal & State Government and the Mexican Drug Cartels, that Gregg County will not accept the financial burden as well as the health and safety burdens that come with this “man made” crisis.
The Political Action Committee of the Longview NAACP is asking members to consider action in the following ways.  Let's make action happen. Compassion matters. 

1.  Attend the Commissioner's meeting on September 8, 2014. The Gregg County Commissioners Court meets in the Commissioners Courtroom on the third floor of the courthouse located at 101 E. Methvin, Longview, Texas.  For more information about time and location, call: 903-758-6181

At the September 8 meeting, the resolution will be considered. Public comments will be allowed. We certainly encourage folks to speak out against the resolution. Each speaker must limit comments to a total of 3 minutes.  Even if you don't wish to speak, your presence alone is important. Strength in numbers will show Commissioners Court that there is strong opposition to this resolution.

2.  Share with your e-mail lists, on Facebook and Twitter, and talk to your friends and family personally.

3.  Call and/or e-mail your County Commissioner:

Ronnie L McKinney, Commissioner, Precinct 1
1179 FM 449
Longview, TX 75605
Office Hours:
6:30am - 5:00pm Monday through Thursday

Darryl Primo, Commissioner, Precinct 2
Greggton Community Building
3211-C W. Marshall
Longview, TX 75604
Office Hours:
8:00am - 4:30pm Monday through Friday

Gary Boyd, Commissioner, Precinct 3
6174 FM 2206
Longview, TX 75604
Office Hours:
7:00am - 5:00pm Monday through Thursday

John Mathis, Commissioner, Precinct 4
710 W. South Martin Luther King Boulevard
P.O. Box 1898
Kilgore, TX 75663
Office Hours:
7:00am - 5:30pm Monday through Thursday

Resolution prepared by 
We The People Longview, in preparation for the County Commissioner's Court meeting Sept. 8, 2014:

RESOLUTION NO. 2014-_______
 On this the _____ day of ________, 2014, the Commissioners’ Court of the County of Gregg, Texas convened in a regularly scheduled meeting with the following members thereof present:
Bill Stoudt, County Judge;
Ronnie L. McKinney, Commissioner, Precinct 1;
Darryl Primo, Commissioner, Precinct 2;
Gary Boyd, Commissioner, Precinct 3;
John Mathis, Commissioner, Precinct 4; and
Connie Wade, County Clerk
When the following proceedings, among others, were had, to-wit:

WHEREAS the citizens of Gregg County, Texas recognize their duty as law-abiding citizens to act in accordance with the U.S. Constitution and the Texas Constitution, and are endowed with rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, which our government has been instituted to secure; and

WHEREAS the federal government is failing to protect the borders of our country in accordance with Article 1, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution; and

WHEREAS it is estimated that more than 90,000 illegal alien minors will arrive in the United States during 2014 and an additional 145,000 illegal alien minors during 2015, with most expected to remain in Texas cities and communities; and

WHEREAS Texas Governor Rick Perry has concluded, based on his oversight of executive functions in the State of Texas and his communications with federal agencies in that capacity that the federal government is operating with “ulterior motives” in a manner that is “not in the best interest of American citizens” by permitting and encouraging the entry of large numbers of illegal immigrants into the State of Texas; and

WHEREAS Oklahoma Congressman Tom Cole has accurately concluded that the federal government is “essentially incentivising the flow of this population by not returning the unaccompanied juveniles to their countries of origins quickly”; and

WHEREAS incentivizing minors to enter the United States illegally puts those minors at risk of physical danger, including violence and sexual abuse, which has resulted in injury and death to multiple unaccompanied minors; and

WHEREAS the federal government is transporting and placing illegal alien minors into Texas towns and counties, including Gregg County, to accommodate the unprecedented overflow of illegal aliens and unaccompanied minors; and

WHEREAS the influx of school-age illegal minors will have an adverse effect on local school district educational funding, resources, campus security, public health, and safety; and

WHEREAS in recent years, persons brought into Gregg County as alien minors as part of the federal government’s unaccompanied minor program have remained in Gregg County illegally after reaching adulthood, and some such persons have been involved in alleged criminal activity; and

WHEREAS the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention require legal immigrants to receive a comprehensive medical exam and vaccination for a wide range of diseases, but these requirements are not being equally applied to illegal alien minors being admitted to the country; and

WHEREAS the Executive Director of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons recently warned that by admitting large numbers of minors who come from countries where medical screenings are minimal and hygiene is poor, the United States is at risk for epidemics of serious diseases and viruses that the nation has not seen in years; and

WHEREAS the increasing volume of illegal aliens is financially crippling some cities and counties in the State of Texas by overwhelming the local medical, educational, law enforcement, and judicial systems; and WHEREAS Governor Rick Perry warns that members of dangerous transnational criminal organizations and terror groups continue to exploit the situation to infiltrate the State of Texas for the purpose of establishing criminal and terrorist activities; and

WHEREAS without a secure border, Texas cities and communities cannot protect the health and safety of their citizens; and

WHEREAS the citizens of Gregg County, Texas are rightly concerned about the impact of the ongoing, massive influx of illegal aliens on our community; and

WHEREAS the State of Texas has the right and obligation to protect its citizens in accordance with Article 1, Section 1 of the Texas Constitution:

Freedom and Sovereignty of State.Texas is a free and independent State, subject only to the Constitution of the United States, and the maintenance of our free institutions and the perpetuity of the Union depend upon the preservation of the right of local self-government,unimpaired to all the States.

Now, Therefore, Be it Resolved that the Commissioners’ Court of Gregg County, Texas hereby finds that the housing of illegal alien minors in Gregg County, Texas is not in the best interest of the public.

Be it Further Resolved that theCommissioners’ Court of Gregg County, Texas hereby urges our state and federal legislators and elected officials to take prompt action to end the influx of illegal aliens across our national border and cease relocation of illegal aliens into communities across the State of Texas and other states.

Be it Further Resolved that theCommissioners’ Court of Gregg County, Texas hereby encourages the federal government to provide additional resources for new and/or existing Border Patrol checkpoints and employ a contiguous physical barrier where strategically prudent.

Be it Further Resolved that theCommissioners’ Court of Gregg County, Texas hereby encourages the Texas State Legislature to enhance state smuggling and human trafficking laws and provide civil and criminal liability protections for Texan land owners against criminal trespassers.

Be it Further Resolved that copies of this Resolution be spread upon the minutes of this Court and provided to Gregg County’s state and federal elected legislative representatives.

Upon motion duly made and seconded, the above Resolution was passed on this ______ day of _______, 2014.

PASSED AND APPROVED on the _______ day of ____________, 2014.

WTP Longview
P. O. Box 6003
Longview Texas 75608
United States