I returned to Washington last week after working in the district during the Easter recess. I enjoyed seeing many of you at various events throughout the 2nd Congressional District and hearing what you have to say about issues facing our country. As always, border security and immigration reform remains the number one issue across the board. I am committed to being your voice in Washington on this issue.
God and Texas,
I participated in the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) Hold Their Feet to the Fire Rally this week and spoke on over 30 radio talk shows across the country about the need to secure our borders and put a stop to illegal immigration. The comments from callers from Ohio to Florida to California were all the same - no amnesty. The American people get it and I will continue to evoke some common sense solutions on Capitol Hill.
This week I sent a letter to President Bush requesting an immediate pardon for Edwards County Deputy Gilmer Hernandez. I met with Gilmers family, as well as other border agents that are facing an uphill battle against our federal government and their families. Our border protectors need to know that their government is going to stand behind them.
I met with the sixteen Texas Border Sheriffs and got a grim picture of the situation on the border from the lawmen on the front lines. An unsecured border and talks of amnesty have made their job even more dangerous. Sheriff Flores of Webb County told me the border is even more violent than it was just three months ago when I was down in Laredo.
I took that same message to Grand Rapids, Michigan recently when I spoke to over 900 police officers from the Midwest and Canada. The lawlessness along our borders continues to be an open invitation to terrorists and a growing threat to our national security no matter where you live.
For more information on the Hernandez Pardon request: http://vrc.poe.house.gov/News/DocumentSingle.aspx?DocumentID=63474
As founder and co-chair of the Congressional Victims Rights Caucus (VRC), I hosted the annual VRC Victim Advocate Awards paying tribute to survivors that have taken their tragedy and turned it around to help others. Among this years honorees were Mark Lunsford, father of Jessica Lunsford. Mark has been a relentless advocate for child safety issues in Washington and throughout the country.
I appeared with actress Christina Ricci at a support rally for rape victims. I was the keynote speaker at the Crime Victims Rights Conference in Washington, DC and also spoke to members at the Parents of Murdered Children Briefing. I attended the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence Breakfast and the Department of Justice Observance for Victims of Crime ceremony.
For more information on the VRC and Award recipients:
TOWN HALL MEETINGS
This weekend I will be hosting two informational Town Hall Meetings in Atascocita and Crosby for area residents. I look forward to seeing you there and discussing issues of interest to you.
Saturday, April 28, 2007
Atascocita High School (Red Learning Group Instruction Area)
13300 Will Clayton Parkway
Saturday, April 28, 2007
Crosby Community Center
409 Hare Road