September 21, 2017

ACLU Sues Miami for Complying with Trump’s Immigration Detainer Policies

AP File Photo/Alan Diaz

AP File Photo/Alan Diaz

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is suing Miami-Dade County, Florida, and its mayor for complying with President Donald Trump’s policies on immigration detainers.

A Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of Inspector General (OIG) report under then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch identified Miami-Dade County as not honoring immigration detainers, Breitbart Texas reported. Following President Trump’s executive order withholding federal law enforcement grants from jurisdictions not in compliance with immigration officials, Miami-Dade County reversed its sanctuary city policy and began honoring immigration detainers.

The ACLU urges, perhaps warns, “other cities large and small across the country” to “refus[e] to serve as tools of overzealous immigration enforcement policy.” The group is seeking money damages because their client spent an extra night in jail “solely for a suspected civil immigration violation.”

The ACLU of Florida issued a statement from Amien Kacou that called the county’s decision “to cave in to the Trump administration’s anti-immigrant threats” “premature.”

After they filed the lawsuit, the self-described “nation’s premier defender of the rights enshrined in the U.S. Constitution” tweeted, “We warned the county about the dangers posed by the premature decision.”

“The practice of treating everyone with an immigration detainer as not eligible for release has immediate and dire effects,” they pleaded in the federal complaint.

The suit filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, Miami Division, states:

The County voluntarily detained Mr. Creedle at the request of federal immigration authorities of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The detention occurred pursuant to a directive from Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez that requires the Miami-Dade Corrections and Rehabilitation Department (MDCR) to deny release for 48 hours or more to any person who is the subject of a check-the-box immigration detainer request.

ACLU’s Kacou said in the formal statement, “Miami-Dade County has long prided itself on being a place welcoming to immigrants, and should honor that legacy by joining other cities large and small across the country in refusing to serve as tools of overzealous immigration enforcement policy.”

The ACLU filed the lawsuit on behalf of the plaintiff, Garland Creedle, who was born in Honduras but is an American citizen because his father was an American citizen when he was born. Creedle has been living in Honduras but came to the United States in 2015. Officials with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) put him in administrative removal proceedings, but they filed a motion in April 2015 to terminate the matter because Creedle had submitted documentation showing that he was a U.S. citizen.

The group filed the federal complaint asking for money damages because the plaintiff, Garland Creedle, was illegally detained in the county jail for an extra day. Police arrested him on the evening of March 12 after an alleged domestic violence incident. Creedle’s lawyers say their client was entitled to be released by posting bond but was held “based on the assertion that he is a ‘removable alien’.” No charges were filed, and he was released on March 14. They filed a request for a jury trial.

The federal lawsuit names Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez as a plaintiff. The plaintiff asserts that the mayor’s immigration detainer policy released January 26 violates the United States Constitution; in particular, the Fourteenth Amendment’s Due Process Clause and the Fourth Amendment’s prohibition against unlawful seizures. They pleaded that the defendants “commit[ed] the common law tort of false imprisonment.”

Creedle’s lawyers urge that the City’s policy also violates Florida law that forbids jails from detaining people for “civil” immigration reasons. The county commissioners passed a resolution in December 2013 “which directed the Mayor to limit the County’s authority to hold individuals under immigration detainer requests.” They argue the policy imposed two conditions before the county would comply with a federal immigration detainer: (1) the federal government had to agree to “reimburse the County for all associated costs in writing;” and (2) after that condition was met, “the County would detain only individuals who have been charged or convicted of certain enumerated offenses.”

Amien Kacou and Nancy Abudu of the ACLU of Florida, the Immigration Clinic of the University of Miami School of Law, and the lawyers with the firm of Kurzban Kurzban Weinger Tetzeli & Pratt, P.A., are representing the 18-year-old Creedle. They argue that Mayor Gimenez’ immigration detainer directive “reversed over three years of prior policy, under which Miami-Dade Co. declined to use millions of taxpayer dollars to underwrite the federal government’s immigration enforcement agenda.”

The ACLU asks the federal court to issue a declaratory judgment declaring Miami-Dade County’s policy on immigration detainers invalid. The group also wants Creedle’s detention ruled unconstitutional and asked for compensatory damages, reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs and any other relief the judge deems just and proper. They urge that Creedle has “suffered injuries, including financial, pain and suffering, humiliation, and emotional harm,” because he was detained in the jail for an extra day.

They urge that a “detainer is not supported by a warrant or any other probable cause determination” but is only a “fill-in-the-blank form” (a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Request for Voluntary Transfer).

Bob Price serves as associate editor and senior political news contributor for Breitbart Texas. He is a founding member of the Breitbart Texas team. Follow him on Twitter @BobPriceBBTX and Facebook.

This article was originally published on Breitbart.com.

Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett Named to Trump’s SCOTUS Prospect List

Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett. Photo by Bob Price.

Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett. Photo by Bob Price.

Republican presidential presumptive nominee Donald Trump released a list of eleven jurists he would consider appointing to the U.S. Supreme Court, including Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett.

Trump released the names of 11 potential prospects he said he would consider picking from to fill the seat of the late Justice Antonin Scalia, the Associated Press reported on Wednesday.

The list also includes: Steven Colloton of Iowa, Allison Eid of Colorado and Raymond Gruender of Missouri, Thomas Hardiman of Pennsylvania, Raymond Kethledge of Michigan, Joan Larsen of Michigan, Thomas Lee of Utah, William Pryor of Alabama, David Stras of Minnesota, and Diane Sykes of Wisconsin.

The candidate previously said the list would include judges that “everybody respects, likes, and totally admires.” He promised the prospects would be great conservative judges, great intellects, the people that you want.”

Shortly after the death of Justice Scalia, Breitbart Texas’ Lana Shadwick wrote about Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s suggestion that Willett would be a great pick to fill the vacancy. The Texas governor called the Texas Supreme Court Justice, “A proven conservative who won’t rewrite law.”

Shadwick reported:

In July of 2015, Pulitzer Prize winning conservative newspaper political columnist George Will contrasted an opinion by Texas Supreme Court Justice Willett, with that of U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Roberts. The legal question posed by Will involved America’s natural rights tradition and the Ninth and Fourteenth Amendments’ affirmation of unenumerated rights.

After evaluating Willett’s legal analysis, and comparing it to the conclusion reached by Justice Roberts, George Will concluded in his column that “[t]he next Republican president” should simply say to his first U.S. Supreme Court nominee, “Welcome to Washington, Justice Willett.”

Prior to serving as legal counsel to then-Attorney General Abbott, Willett served as a Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the U.S. Department of Justice. He also served as a Special Assistant to the President at the White House, and was a lawyer in the Office of Governor George W. Bush.

Willett began his legal career as a law clerk at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and then as an associate with the respected law firm of Haynes and Boone. He graduated from Duke University School of Law with honors.

Editor’s Note: This article has been updated.

Bob Price serves as associate editor and senior political news contributor for Breitbart Texas and is a member of the original Breitbart Texas team. Follow him on Twitter@BobPriceBBTX.

This article was published originally on Breitbart Texas.

Corpses of 3 Illegal Immigrants Found in Remote Texas County — 80 Miles from Border

Bodies of illegal immigrants

Photo: Brooks County Sheriff’s Office

Three more bodies of deceased illegal immigrants have been found in Brooks County, Texas. The individuals died while being smuggled around the Border Patrol checkpoint located just south of Falfurrias.

Brooks County is not a border county. In fact, it is located nearly 80 miles from the Texas/Mexico border. Over the past few years, hundreds of bodies have been found of these people who are simply left to die by human smugglers if they become injured  or are simply too weak to keep up.

The heat of summer has not yet begun in South Texas, but already 21 bodies have been found in this one county alone.

Over the weekend, Brooks County Sheriff’s Deputy Elias Pompa was dispatched to meet with U.S. Border Patrol agents who discovered a body while tracking a group of illegal immigrants, information provided to Breitbart Texas revealed. Deputy Pompa was accompanied to the scene by Brooks County Justice of the Peace, Precinct 1, Adela Quintanilla.

When they arrived, they were escorted to the badly decomposing body of a 20-year-old Guatemalan man. Pompa told Breitbart Texas that Border Patrol agents came across the deceased man while they were tracking the group being smuggled around the Falfurrias Checkpoint.

“The Border Patrol agents were tracking the immigrants and the group walked right over the body,” Pompa said.

The body was found just south of Highway 285 a few miles west of the town of Falfurrias. A search revealed a Guatemalan identification card, a cell phone with a power chord and wall charger, a U.S. five dollar bill and a Guatemalan 100 Quetzales bill.

Pompa said the body was severely decomposed and had turned black. When the body was turned over a black shadow was left on the ground.

On Friday, Border Patrol agents followed up on information received from a “concerned citizen” and discovered another body in a remote location of the county, information provided by the U.S. Border Patrol to Breitbart Texas revealed.

Just two days earlier, another illegal immigrant captured by Border Patrol agents advised the agents he had seen a body along the trail. Agents backtracked from where they found the immigrant and discovered the remains of yet another dead person who died during their effort to illegally enter the U.S.

During an extensive ride-along program with the Brooks County Sheriff’s office in 2014, Breitbart Texas learned the illegal immigrants are often told the walk around the checkpoint is a very short hike and they will be picked up on the other side of the checkpoint. The reality is more like a three to four day march through hazardous conditions and very soft sand that makes one mile feel like five. If an illegal immigrant becomes injured or simply cannot keep up, they are left behind to die.

“Human smugglers will treat you like a commodity and will not think twice about leaving you to die in desolate environments,” Chief Patrol Agent Padilla said in a statement obtained by Breitbart Texas.

Brooks County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Urbano “Benny” Martinez has been leading the fight to reduce the deaths in his county for years.

“The abuse of these immigrants is hard to fathom,” Martinez told Breitbart Texas. “We have tried to make the most of our very limited resources to find them before something horrible happens to them.”

Martinez has been able to supplement his small staff of deputies with a group of volunteer law enforcement officers from the Rio Grande Valley and other areas of Texas. They volunteers give their time and professional service to the county through an organization known as the Border Brotherhood of Texas. The effort has enabled the county to significantly increase the law enforcement presence in the county at minimal cost to the county.

“We are very grateful to both those volunteer deputies and our regular staff who are dedicated to reducing the numbers of deaths in Brooks County,” Martinez said.

Martinez is currently in a runoff election for the nomination of his party to become sheriff of Brooks County. He has served in Brooks County for seven years after a career with the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Breitbart Texas reported in April about the abuses of these illegal immigrants at the hands of human smugglers and resulting from this country’s unsecured border.

Bob Price serves as associate editor and senior political news contributor for Breitbart Texas and is a member of the original Breitbart Texas team. Follow him on Twitter@BobPriceBBTX.

This article was originally published at Breitbart Texas.

Drunk Driver Evades Arrest, Kills Prom Teen, Say Police

HOUSTON, Texas – A man believed to be driving drunk took police on a short but deadly chase as he reportedly blasted through a red light killing one teen and injuring another. The two teens had just left their high school prom only an hour or so before.

Police have filed felony evading and murder charges against Edin Palacios-Rodas after the man allegedly fled from police and crashed into a Dodge Charger being driven by a teenage driver who has not yet been identified, Houston Police Department Spokesman Kese Smith told Breitbart Texas in a phone interview. The crash resulted in the death of the 18-year-old teenage passenger and the serious injury of her driver, Moises Avila, also 18.

Officials with YES Prep North Central confirmed to KTRK ABC13 that the passenger who died at the scene of the crash was one of their students, Jocelyn Valero.

At this time, police officials have not reported on the accused killer’s nationality, citizenship, or whether the 27-year-old man had a driver license.

Smith told Breitbart Texas that a Houston DWI Task Force officer observed a pickup truck making a U-Turn about 1 a.m. on Saturday morning. During the turn the driver ran over the curb. The police officer initiated a traffic stop. Initially, the truck driven by Palacios slowed down and eventually stopped. When the officer stepped out of his vehicle, the pickup truck sped away.

A short, but high speed chase ensued which lasted for about 1-2 minutes, Smith said. The pursuit came to a stop as Rodriguez allegedly ran a traffic light on the feeder road and plowed into the Dodge Charger. The crash occurred on Houston’s North Freeway feeder road at the Tidwell intersection.

The driver of the pickup crawled out of his truck and attempted to flee, but Houston Police Officer Clark, HPD Special Operations Division, quickly took down the suspect, Scott Engle with the Harris County Police Reporter wrote.

Engle reported from the scene:

Clark tried to get to the victims of the vehicle but they were buried deep in the twisted metal. As other officers arrived they too were unable to access the two victims in the mangled Charger.

The first HFD (Houston Fire Department) Paramedic Supervisor arrived on the scene and determined the female in the passenger seat of the Charger was deceased. The male driver of the Charger was critical and wrapped in metal. Houston Ladder 67 arrived a short time later as crews worked almost fifteen minutes to free the driver of the Charger identified as Moises Avila, 18. Avilla was finally freed and transported to the hospital in critical condition.

Palacios-Rodas was transported to the hospital with minor injuries and released to police. Rodas-Palacios showed signs of intoxication.
In the driver’s seat was Jocelynn Valero, a young lady, dressed in her prom dress. She and Avilla had gone to the prom. They stopped at IHOP and were heading home.

“I just want to say the guy who killed my daughter, he has to pay for what he did,” Valero’s mother told ABC13. “There is a huge open wound in my family right now,” she says, “for my dear aunt and my dear uncle who have already lost…”

It was not the family’s first run-in with tragedy this year. Valero’s brother was shot and killed outside a nightclub about five weeks ago. Police are still investigating that crime and searching for the alleged killer.

Rodriguez received minor injuries and was also taken to a hospital where he was placed in custody.

Rodriguez has been charged with Capital Murder and Felony Evading Arrest and Detention according to court records obtained by Breitbart Texas. He may also be charged with Aggravated Assault with a Motor Vehicle in connection to Avila’s injuries.

Editor’s Note: This article has been updated.

Bob Price serves as associate editor and senior political news contributor for Breitbart Texas and is a member of the original Breitbart Texas team. Follow him on Twitter@BobPriceBBTX.

This article was originally published on BreitbartTexas.com.

Rick Perry Attacked by NeverTrump Crowd for Keeping His Word

Former Texas Governor and two-time presidential candidate Rick Perry is being attacked by conservative media outlets for, of all things, keeping his word. Governor Perry, like every other 2016 GOP presidential candidate, gave his word that he would support the nominee of the party – no matter who that nominee turned out to be.

Unlike some of the other former candidates, Rick Perry is keeping his word and has pledged his support for the apparent nominee, Donald Trump. Texas’ longest serving governor is now being attacked for honoring his promise to the voters that he would support the eventual nominee of the party.

In September 2015, Gov. Perry was asked in a post-campaign interview if he would support Donald Trump by the Austin American-Statesman’s Jonathan Tilove. The Austin journalist reminded the governor he had previously referred to Trump as a “cancer on conservatism.” Perry’s answer, “Sure. Whoever comes out of that Republican field I’m going to be supporting.”

During a Fox News debate in August 2015, Bret Baier asked the GOP candidates, “Is there anyone on stage, and can I see hands, who is unwilling tonight to pledge your support to the eventual nominee of this Republican party and pledge to not run an independent campaign against that person?”

Of the ten candidates on stage, Donald Trump was the only person who said he could not make that pledge. He later signed the pledge and said he would support the eventual nominee, no matter who it was.

Now, outlets like Red State and National Review are attacking the governor for standing by his word. A May 5 Red State headline read “Pathetic: Rick Perry Supports Donald Trump and Open to Being His VP.”

The Red State piece goes on to say, “To say that I am disappointed is an understatement. All this does is lend credibility to those who say, ‘Oh most Republicans will come around. They’ll support Trump at some point.’” He completely leaves out that Perry, like every other Republican candidate, had promised to support the eventual nominee. He ends his article saying, in bold print, “Shame on you, Governor Perry.”

But Red State was not alone in their attack on a man who is honoring his promise.National Review’s published an article titled, “Perry and Other Republicans Sell Their Souls to Trump.”

In that piece, the National Review accused Perry of hypocrisy and “selling his political soul for a seat on the Trump Train.”

If you want to talk about hypocrisy, just imagine what these writers would be saying about Donald Trump had Ted Cruz secured the nomination at the convention and Trump either refused his support or ran as an independent candidate.

The National Review went further and attacked other former GOP presidential candidates who have pledged their support to the party’s apparently soon-to-be nominee. At the same time, he honored former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, for turning his back on his promise to support the nominee. The piece read, “the Republican aristocracy is for the most part bending its knee to the new king, proving that much of the ‘establishment’ is exactly as craven as Trump always claimed.’”

The article concluded with the assertion, “For conservatives, party unity is another way of saying ‘suicide pact.’ I will never vote for Hillary Clinton because she believes things I can never support. I will never vote for Donald Trump because he’s a bullying fool who believes in nothing but himself. The conservative movement can wait out a Clinton presidency intact.”

The next president will make at least one Supreme Court nomination, to fill the seat of the late Justice Antonin Scalia. It is likely that several more vacancies could occur during the next four years. The thought of passing that appointment on to Hillary Clinton should be enough for any conservative to say #NeverHillary.

Rick Perry, and other former candidates have stood by their word. That should be honored in this day in time where a candidate’s word is often meaningless.

Bob Price serves as associate editor and senior political news contributor for Breitbart Texas and is a member of the original Breitbart Texas team. Follow him on Twitter@BobPriceBBTX.

Wave a Gun, Leave in a Bag, Says Texas Sheriff

A Texas county sheriff warned would-be robbers that if you come into his county waving a gun, you could leave in a bag. The comment came after a homeowner in his county used his gun to defend himself from a man attempting to rob him when he arrived at his home Wednesday evening.

The incident occurred in Fort Bend County located just southeast of Houston near the town of Richmond. The homeowner had just pulled into his driveway when the would-be robber approached him with a gun and demanded money.  The homeowner pulled out his own gun and stopped the robbery attempt by shooting the man twice, ABC13 in Houston reported.

Moments later, a neighbor took a photo of the homeowner, gun in hand, standing near the deceased robber. Witnesses reported a black truck with two people inside fleeing the scene after the shooting.

Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls told reporters it was a pretty “cut-and-dry case” of self-defense. Sheriff’s deputies recovered two guns at the scene – the homeowner’s and the robber’s.

“Don’t come into Fort Bend County and start waving guns around because you could leave in a bag,” Nehls told ABC13.

The sheriff appears to believe the robber came into Fort Bend County from neighboring Harris County (Houston).

“We just want to come home from work and spend time with our families,” the sheriff explained. “We don’t need thugs coming into this county to try to rob us of our possessions. So here’s my warning to criminals. You may want to go back to Harris County.”

The case is being investigated as an aggravated robbery, the sheriff said.

Fort Bend County District Attorney John Healey told Breitbart Texas in an interview on Thursday morning that Texas law allows you to “use deadly force when you reasonably believe the use of deadly force is necessary to protect yourself from a person committing an unlawful act against you who is also using or threatening to use deadly force.”

When asked if someone could take advantage of Texas self-defense laws to kill someone, Healy said, “A great deterrent against that is all of the people who review the evidence to determine if the shooting was reasonable. We have checks and balances that start with the responding police officer, and continue on to the law enforcement department’s review of the evidence, to a district attorney’s review and even a grand jury.”

“Common Texas horse sense will determine if the use of deadly force is reasonable,” the district attorney stated.

A neighbor of the homeowner told ABC13, “He did the right thing. People are ready to defend their homes.”

The robber, who died at the scene, was described as a Hispanic male in his twenties, KPRC NBC2 in Houston reported.

Following the shooting, the homeowner ran into his home where he lives with his two parents who are in their 80’s, the NBC affiliate reported. He then called 911 for assistance.

Another neighbor had no sympathy for the deceased robbery suspect. “I don’t feel sorry for him. I don’t feel sorry for him,” Nikia Smith told KPRC.

This is the second time in less than a week that a potential robbery victim used deadly force to stop the robber. On Saturday, a man in Galveston County walked up to a driver of a pick-up truck in a drive-thru line at a League City McDonald’s and demanded money. The driver, who had his young son with him, pulled his own gun and fired multiple shots at his assailant. That robber also died from his injuries.

Bob Price serves as associate editor and senior political news contributor for Breitbart Texas and is a member of the original Breitbart Texas team. Follow him on Twitter@BobPriceBBTX.

Texan with Concealed Handgun Stops Armed Robbery

HOUSTON, Texas – A Houston area man shot and killed an armed robber who was attempting to hold him and his young child at gunpoint. The man used a concealed handgun to stop the robbery and protect his son.

The incident happened on Saturday afternoon at a League City McDonald’s. The man and his child were in the drive-thru lane of the McDonald’s when another man approached their vehicle with a gun. Witnesses said it appeared the man was attempting to rob the man in the drive-thru, Fox26 Houston reported.

During the robbery attempt, the driver pulled out his concealed handgun and shot the assailant multiple times. The apparent robber was struck in the chest by the gunshots.

After being transported to Clear Lake Regional Medical, the suspected robber was pronounced dead.

The victim of the robbery was taken to the League City Police Department where he was questioned about the shooting, Galveston County Daily News’ Chacour Koop reported. The man is the holder of a Texas Handgun License.

Police told Coop neither the driver nor his 4-year-old son were injured during the incident. The child’s mother came to the scene and picked up the little boy while the father was being questioned.

The driver, whose identity has not yet been released, was released and was said to be home with his family. He was reported to be very upset about the shooting, ABC13’s Lauren Leereported.

The man’s attorney, Robert Pelton, told Lee his client was thankful to be alive and that his son was not hurt. “He was trying to get his son, protect his son and I think he obviously saw his chance then to defend himself because he was afraid he was going to get shot,” the Houston attorney explained.

Lee reported that the entire shooting was captured by a security video camera at a neighboring cell phone store.

A store employee, Vanessa Stanford also witnessed the shooting scene. “I looked over and a man was laying on the ground with another man aiming a gun at him. While he was lying on the ground,” she stated. “That’s immediately when I called 911 and told my customers get away from the wall and the windows.”

Pelton told Lee that his client was forced to shoot in self-defense. “I think he [the robbery victim] would want other citizens to know they have a right to protect themselves,” the attorney said. “You have to be cautious all the time, wherever you are.”

The shooting will be referred to a grand jury which should return a no-bill unless some currently unreported facts change the circumstances.

Under Texas law, your car is considered an extension of your home. The “castle doctrine” applies to drivers in their cars. The law also allows the use of deadly force if one reasonably believes they are in danger of death or serious bodily injury.

While the driver of the car has a Texas Handgun License, the license is not necessary to have a gun in the car.

In Texas a handgun can be carried by a non-licensed individual in the following places: (source: Texas Law Shield)

  • A person’s residence or other real property under their control.
  • A person’s private motor vehicle or watercraft if the handgun is concealed, and the person is legal to possess a firearm, is not a member of a street gang, and is not engaged in the commission of a crime greater than a Class C misdemeanor traffic or boating violation.
  • A person engaged in lawful fishing, hunting, or other sporting activity on the immediate premises where the activity is conducted, or is en route between the premises and the persons’ residence or motor vehicle, if the firearm is a type commonly used in the activity.

The incident occurred about 2:10 p.m. on Saturday in League City which is located southeast of Houston and is the home of the NASA Manned Spaceflight Center. The victim and his son were driving a Ford F-150 pick-up truck in the drive-thru lane of the McDonalds located at FM518 and State Highway 3.

Bob Price serves as associate editor and senior political news contributor for Breitbart Texas and is a member of the original Breitbart Texas team. Follow him on Twitter@BobPriceBBTX.

Originally published on Breitbart Texas

Alleged Texas Militia Member Arrested on Weapons Charges near Border

Border Patrol agents working a known smuggling area in Laredo, Texas, arrested an alleged Texas militia member on multiple weapons charges. The man was with two other men in an area about 1,000 feet north of the Texas/Mexico border.

Truck with three men found in suspicious area. (Photo: Laredo Police Department)

Truck with three men found in suspicious area. (Photo: Laredo Police Department)

Laredo police were called by U.S. Border Patrol agents, according to a report by KGNS-TV in Laredo, after the agents came upon a truck and three men they said were acting suspiciously in a business area at night. The agents discovered one man, Thomas Rivera, 20, allegedly in possession of several weapons.

Police said Rivera was carrying a rifle, a .45 caliber pistol, knives, a police baton and mace.

Weapons seized. (Photo: Laredo Police Department)

Weapons seized. (Photo: Laredo Police Department)

While Texas law allows for the open carry of a rifle or shotgun, it does not allow a handgun to be carried openly. As Rivera is 20-years-old, he is not eligible for a Texas Concealed Handgun License. Under Texas law, Title 10, Chapter 46.01 it is also illegal to carry mace and a “nightstick.” If the knife Rivera was allegedly carrying is over five and one-half inches in length that could also be a weapons violation.

Rivera was charged on Thursday with two counts of unlawful carrying of a weapon and two additional counts of possessing a prohibited.

Laredo police have not returned calls from Breitbart Texas for additional information. Whether Rivera has any kind of criminal background that would prohibit him from possessing firearms has not been revealed at this time.

Police said Rivera claimed to be a Texas militia member. That has not yet been confirmed by outside sources.

Breitbart Texas has previously reported how wide open the Laredo Sector of the Texas/Mexico border is. Rivera was arrested in a business area about 1,000 feet north of the Texas/Mexico border. It is an area that, in nighttime, would be an easy location for drug smugglers and human smugglers to bring their cargo across and quickly disappear into the city of Laredo.

Google Maps image of Rivera arrest location.

Google Maps image of Rivera arrest location.

Breitbart Texas will continue to monitor this developing story.

This article first appeared on BreitbartTexas.com

Bob Price is a senior political news contributor for Breitbart Texas and a member of the original Breitbart Texas team. Follow him on Twitter @BobPriceBBTX and on Facebook.

Senate Candidate Steve Stockman Locks out Reporters, Other Candidates and Voters from Tea Party Meeting in Tarrant County

Stockman Lockout

Stockman Lockout

U.S. Senate Candidate Steve Stockman who currently serves as a Congressman in the 36th Congressional District of Texas appears to have an issue with freedom of the press and the First Amendment.  Stockman, who has been attempting to get an interview with this writer for the past couple of weeks, had a campaign event scheduled at the Northeast Tarrant County TEA Party on Tuesday night in Bedford, Texas.

As a political writer for TexasGOPVote, I decided to attend this meeting to learn more about Stockman and his campaign.  When I arrived at the event, I was surprised to learn that I would not be allowed to attend the event. It seems that, according to members of this TEA Party who were running the event, that as a condition of his appearance, Stockman required them to exclude members of the press, other statewide candidates and members of the public who had not been pre-screened by the campaign prior to the event.

It seems Stockman, according to a campaign spokesman, Al Lee, (who was speaking on his behalf at the event as Stockman himself was suddenly not able to attend) has been getting some bad press and publicity since announcing his campaign.  His response to this seems to be to block out the press and exclude people he has not pre-approved.

In a related story, the Dallas Morning News’ Claire Cardona reported on a meeting Stockman attended later the same evening at the Preston Hollow Tea Party. Citing the “rare public appearance”, the article stated, “Stockman as made few public appearances since he entered the race at the last minute last month.”

Dallas Morning News Photo of Congressman Stockman (2nd from Right) with Al Lee (Center) at Preston Hollow Tea Party meeting Tuesday night.

Is this what we want in a United States Senator? Not that it is any better behavior from a sitting Congressman, but that ship has already sailed. Do we want a Senator who hides himself from those who might disagree with him?

Stockman’s opponent, Senator John Cornyn, catches more than his fair share of unfavorable press and public opinion yet, he remains open to questioning from the press and the public.

After the Stockman segment of the TEA Party meeting, the doors were once again opened up to all who wished to attend. This incident is in no way a reflection on this TEA Party, but rather directly reflects on the openness and transparency of Congressman/Candidate Steve Stockman.

Attempts to contact the Congressman for a response remain unanswered.

The phrase, “If you can’t take the heat, stay out of the kitchen” comes to mind after witnessing this.

Congressman, if you still want that interview you know where to reach me…

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Early Vote Begins In Texas But Some Areas Trending Purple – Get Out and Vote!

President Obama Screams in Fear at Texans Take to the Polls

As the early vote begins in Texas, it is already underway in many states across America. Now is the time for us not to just get out the vote enough to win, but to bring all of our votes to the polls to send a clear message to our government. Many areas of Texas are solid red in our votes. But, in some of our largest counties we have gone anywhere from purple to solid blue. Many local races were lost by Republicans with the slimmest of margins. Sometimes only a few votes separated a Republican victory or loss in recent elections. This is a trend you can stop!

Dallas County went blue several years ago and in 2008 President Obama washed a sea of blue votes across Harris County and swept out many well qualified judges in the process. In 2010 we moved back to the right, but despite a wave of Republican victories across Texas, Harris County voted for Democrat Bill White over Republican Rick Perry. At this point, Harris County is dark purple and just a few votes could make a difference on many of our down ballot races.

This year was a very odd election cycle. Democrats protested our redistricting and extended our primaries and run-off election through July. We have not had the time for post-primary healing and party unity building that occurs after most primary seasons. We must come together today, as a party, and drive home the message of conservative values by electing our entire slate of candidates across Texas and especially here in Harris County.

During a recent event at King Street Patriots, I spoke with several of our judicial candidates about their races as well as two judges, one who won in 2008 by the slimmest of margins and one who lost by just a few votes. Judge Tad Halbach is a Civil Court Judge on the 333rd Civil District Court. Out of over 1 million votes cast in the 2008 election, he won his race by 230 votes. Imagine what would have happened if just a few more Republicans had stayed home because we all knew McCain was going to carry Texas anyway!

Houston Examiner Photo of Tatooed Judge Kevin Fine

Tattooed Democrat Judge Kevin Fine

Two of our outstanding judges, Brock Thomas of the 338th Criminal District Court and Devon Anderson of the 177th Criminal District Court were swept out by highly unqualified judges with a slim margin of about 2 percentage points. Anderson was replaced by the now infamous Judge Kevin Fine who verbally castigated a rape victim in open court after her rapist had been convicted and then went on and later declared Texas’ death penalty to be unconstitutional.  Do you think a few votes might have made a difference here?  Listen below as Judges Halbach and Thomas talk about the importance of your vote in these elections.

Judge Thomas is back on the ballot for criminal district court judge this election cycle along with former judge Roger Bridgwater (also unseated in the 2008 wave by a very close margin). Also joining them on the ballot are several immensely qualified candidates for criminal court judge including Renee Magee who has served the Harris County District Attorney’s office for nearly twenty years; Judge Ryan Patrick who was appointed by Gov. Rick Perry to replace the aforementioned Judge Kevin Fine, and Judge Mark Kent Ellis; current prosecutor Brad Hart and former prosecutors Stacey Bond, Robert Summerlin and Kristin Guiney.

Judge Halback is seeking re-election for his position on the 333rd Civil District Court. He is joined on the ballot by Judge Ken Wise; former judges Elizabeth Ray (who lost in 2008 by only 400 votes) and Russell Lloyd; and a host of outstandingly qualified candidates including former Tax Court Judge and double board certified, thirty-five year lawyer Michael Landrum; Bruce Bain, Jeff Hastings, Richard Risinger, John Coselli, Lamar McCorkle, John Wittenmyer (running against Democrat Judge Michael Englehart who said the happiest day of his life was the day Obama came out for Gay Marriage), Don Self, Bud Wiesedeppe, and Ken Shortreed.  I mentioned Ken last because, as he loves to say, “It’s a long ballot, but a Shortreed at the bottom!

Justice Brett Busby - 14th Court of Appeals, Pl 3Democrats are being stirred up to vote. The Houston Chronicle has been providing cover for Democrats like County Attorney Vince Ryan and Sheriff Adrian Garcia.They showed a total lack of credibility by endorsing the opponent of one of our best qualified and most conservative candidates, Justice Brett Busby, candidate for the 14th Court of Appeals Place 3. Justice Busby clerked for not one, but two U.S. Supreme Court Justices (Byron White and John Paul Stevens) and has argued and briefed cases before that court on many occasions. Perhaps the Chronicle believes Justice Busby is well on his way to a future appointment as a conservative justice on that great court.

In our county civil courts we also have two outstanding incumbents running for re-election.  Judge Theresa Chang previously served the people of Harris County as the District Clerk before moving to the County Court #2 bench.  Judge Debra Ibarra Mayfield was appointed to County Court #1 late last year and has done a great job in this position for the people of Harris County.

Bond issues are also working against us by bringing out traditional Democrat voters. Metro also has a proposition to try and take more of your sales tax dollars for toy trains. Vote yes on the Metro issue to stop them from taking money away from street repair. There is also a city council race which could increase the Democrat vote in parts of the city. We cannot sit back and count on a Romney wave to sweep our candidates into office. We must get out our vote!

The Federal Courts have put Voter ID law, you worked so hard for many years to get passed, on hold – allowing Democrats to continue their usual tactics of voter fraud and improper registration in full force.  FortunatelyTrue the Vote will put forth a small army of well-trained election officials and poll watchers to keep a watchful eye out for fraud. But we will still need every vote we can get to achieve our victory and send the proper message to Washington and Austin.

Lloyd Oliver's Boobs and Butts Wall - Houston Press Photo

Plastic Breasts and Butts on Democrat DA Candidate Lloyd Oliver’s Bedroom Wall

We have a great slate of Republican candidates up and down the ballot and the Democrats have gone a long way to give us even more reasons to vote STRAIGHT REPUBLICAN! Just look at the District Attorney’s race where an outstandingly qualified former criminal court judge, Mike Anderson faces off against a laughable Democrat Lloyd Oliver, who thinks domestic violence is sexual foreplay and that prosecutors should be hired by their bust size.  The Houston Chronicle showed some political honesty through Patti Hart’s chastising article “Domestic Violence is a Serious Issue, Mr. Oliver“. The Houston Press wrote about the self-proclaimed “Tea Party Democrat” Lloyd Oliver. The article details the eccentricities of Oliver including his bedroom wall adorned with a plastic pair of breasts and panty draped buttocks.

Ted Cruz Grassroots Victory 2012

Ted Cruz Grassroots Victory Celebration 2012

Our U.S. Senate candidate, Ted Cruz, fired up the grass roots voters of Texas to come out in the heat of a July run-off election and put him on the November ballot. Can we keep that level of excitement through this election and send a Senator Cruz to D.C. to work for the reforms we demand?  Carry that energy and excitement to the polls and vote for all of our down ballot candidates!

Vince Ryan protecting Democrats not taxpayersIn the County Attorney’s race we have a proven candidate in Robert Talton running against the incumbent, Vince Ryan, who has made a general practice of of covering up one Democrat scandal after another when he is supposed to be our watchdog over the ethics in county government.

Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia is just one of the Democrat officials being protected by County Attorney Vince Ryan.  Garcia has a string of failures in his office and we will be well served by replacing him with a very strongly qualified candidate, Louis Guthrie!

Elections have consequences.  We cannot afford the consequences of Democrats winning or keeping some of these critical down ballot races. We have a great opportunity to not only win a decisive victory for conservatives but to send a message of real change across our state.  It starts with you.

Vote today and then spend the next two weeks talking to your friends and neighbors. Get them to the polls. Find every like-minded registered voter you can and make sure they vote. Some of these races may well be decided by just a few votes. Make sure you don’t leave any votes at home that could have made the difference. I am voting today! See you at the polls…