Category: National Security

Texas Says, “America First!”

It is clearly apparent what — and who — the progressive socialist left prioritizes. If you are aligned with their ideological agenda, then you are a protected class.

We see the law-abiding, legal gun owners of Virginia fighting for their constitutional right to keep and bear arms by declaring sanctuary counties, cities, and towns for the Second Amendment. What does the left say? We will order the National Guard to confiscate your weapons, for no other reason than we say so, and we will fire and arrest sheriffs. But, if you declare yourself a sanctuary state or city for illegal immigrants, well, that is just fine.

The leftists will not even condemn their own who make blatant anti-Semitic statements and fully support the BDS (boycott, divest, and sanction) movement against Israel. We have watched the progressive socialist left respond with insidious incredulous statements in the aftermath of the killing of the Quds Force terrorist leader, Qasem Soleimani. The left cozies up to domestic Islamist groups such as CAIR, ISNA, MPAC, and MAS. Heck, a leftist judge even released Islamists responsible for a training camp and the death of a child in New Mexico.

But, be a Christian who does not want to bake a cake for same-sex marriages and find yourself before the Supreme Court, and your business targeted, ruined. Even the announced sanctions against Iran have met with disapproval from the left in America. And, what action does the left take after President Trump’s approval to kill the person with American blood on his hands? Well, they vote to restrict his constitutionally enumerated powers to do so in the future. Never mind not saying anything when Barack Obama was sending pallets of laundered cash on unmarked airplanes in the middle of the night to Iran, or outsourcing our military to Islamic jihadists in Libya. Oops, I forgot, abandoning Americans to die and then lying about it. “What difference, at this point, does it make?”

The progressive socialist left is now going apoplectic about a decision made by Texas Governor Greg Abbott, one with which I agree. As reported by the Washington Post:

“Texas will reject the resettlement of new refugees, its governor said Friday, becoming the first state to publicly do so since a Trump administration executive order granted such unprecedented veto power.

In a letter announcing the decision, Gov. Greg Abbott (R) argued that Texas has “carried more than its share in assisting the refugee resettlement process” and said the state’s government and nonprofit agencies have also been strained by “a broken federal immigration system.”

“Texas continues to have to deal with the consequences of an immigration system that Congress has failed to fix,” he wrote in the letter, addressed to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Under the order, refugees could still make Texas their home — but only after settling in another state first, Abbott said. Critics said the policy change underscores a growing hostility to the country’s refugee resettlement program, especially in some conservative states and the White House. In September, after slashing the annual national refugee cap to a historic low, Trump also gave states and localities sweeping authority to block refugee admissions by requiring their governments to consent in writing before people are allowed to arrive. So far, 42 states have agreed to accept refugees, according to a tracker maintained by the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service.
Texas is the first state to refuse them.

Human rights advocates and the state’s Democratic lawmakers condemned Abbott’s decision, calling it cruel and antithetical to Texas’s history of welcoming those who flee their home countries. “This is a disgraceful move by Texas Governor Greg Abbott,” Rep. Joaquin Castro, a Democrat whose district includes San Antonio, tweeted. “He has completely submitted to bigotry and xenophobia.”

Texas has long been among the country’s leaders in refugee resettlement. Last fiscal year, it took in more refugees than any other state, according to federal data. This year, of the nearly 3,350 refugees resettled nationally, Texas has taken in about 260, putting it third behind Washington and California. “Texas is one of the most welcoming states for refugees seeking to escape dangers abroad,” Abbott wrote, adding that 10 percent of all refugees resettled in the United States have come through his state.”

This does not include the domestic refugees coming to Texas from California, Illinois, New York, and New Jersey seeking liberty and freedom, respite, from the failed economic policies of progressive socialist states. What the left wants, more than anything, is to topple, by way of demographic shift, the conservatism of a state such as Texas, and others. The decision by Gov. Abbott has nothing to do with bigotry or xenophobia, as Joaquin Castro asserts. Remember he is the same socialist who created a “blacklist” of President Trump supporters, so that is okay.

What Gov. Abbott wants to ensure is that Texas is a place where we care for Texans, first and foremost.

I have never heard Rep. Castro, who, along with his brother Julian, embraces the policy of open borders. Even though that has resulted in Texas, the Lone Star State, as the number one state in America for human and sex trafficking. Then again, for these leftists, who cares? That is not part of their ideological agenda. There are Texans living along the Rio Grande Valley in fear because of the Mexican drug cartels and their operating on our side of the border. I have yet to hear any of these progressive socialist showing any concern that Mexico is a failed state where 80 percent of the country is controlled by drug cartels.

Last week I was in Lubbock and received a security briefing from local law enforcement. In the city of Lubbock, as of last Tuesday, there had already been four shooting deaths. There are between 1,700-1,800 identified gang members operating in Lubbock. As well, El Chapo’s drug cartel gang is operating in Lubbock, where crystal meth, heroin, and cocaine are flowing freely.

But, concerns about law enforcement, safety, and security of Texans are not exactly a preeminent concern for the progressive socialist left. Illegal immigrants, drugs and drug cartels, gangs, and human and sex trafficking . . . and Joaquim Castro is upset about not taking more refugees into the Lone Star State?

To all you other governors out there, who are y’all more concerned about? This does not even factor in the massive homelessness problem, mental health issue, or veterans that are homeless and jobless. Y’all think we are supposed to be more upset about accepting more refugees, who will more than likely be recipients of taxpayer-funded benefits?

Let me remind you so-called “woke” leftists of something: America is a kind and benevolent country. We opened our doors to Somali refugees and what did we end up getting? Yes, a haven for Islamic jihadism, and a vile, virulently anti-American, anti-Semite named Ilhan Omar. I think it is time we are a tad more circumspect about the issue of immigration and refugee resettlement.

Funny, but Obama shut the door in the face of Christian refugees seeking to flee ISIS. That’s right, Christians do not fit the progressive socialist definition, narrative, of refugee, or align with the ideological agenda of the left.

Governor Abbott is placing the interest of Texans first. He is not a “citizen of the world,” as Obama claimed to be. As stated, we have accepted enough refugees, and perhaps we should stop accepting the leftist ones from failed blue states?

CNS News: State-Sponsored Terrorism

In his first op-ed of the year for CNS News, LTC Allen West provides a primer for the left on state-sponsored terrorism, in light of the backlash surrounding Qasem Soleimani’s death.

“It appears that the Ayatollah Khameini received a special New Year’s greeting courtesy of the United States of America. However, what has been utterly disturbing, and perplexing, to me has been the response from some progressive, socialist media pundits, politicians, and yes, some Republicans.

I think it is time we understand what “state-sponsored terrorism” means.”

Read the full article at CNS News »

Texas Just Gave America a Huge Christmas Gift

It’s the Christmas season and everyone is out and about shopping and acquiring presents for their loved ones. Well, except guys like me that wait until the last moment. However, I want y’all to never forget the real reason for this season:

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, so that whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish by have everlasting life.” — John 3:16

That is the ultimate gift, God’s gift to us all, the gift of individual salvation, freedom from sin…if we choose to open up our hearts to that present.

However, there are earthly gifts that we give that are vital to our existence here on earth, in America. Those gifts are enshrined in our Declaration of Independence: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.

This week began with Nancy Pelosi stumbling through our Declaration of Independence in an attempt to try to justify the absurdity of the progressive socialist left called impeachment. Did y’all notice that at the “impeachment” press conference, all those wrinkly old leftists standing at the podium were representatives from either California or New York? So much for diversity.

That is the type of gift the leftists in America want to give to our Constitutional Republic, the disregard and disrespect of our electoral process.

But, here in Texas, we gave America a Texas-sized gift this week . . . something the leftist progressive media outlets did not talk about much at all.

Merry Christmas, America, from the Lone Star State of Texas, we are, indeed, “Energy Independent” and a net exporter of our energy, oil and natural gas, resources. That is a really big deal because our energy security promotes our economic growth/security and our national security. Thanks to the innovation, ingenuity, investment, and indomitable entrepreneurial spirit evidenced by the Texas oil and gas industry, we can now give a select finger salute to the despots, dictators, and tyrants of the OPEC (Oil Producing and Exporting Countries). We are now shipping our resources to countries who no longer have to be dependent upon folks who are sponsoring Islamic jihadism, terrorism. We can begin to cut off their support, and doggone starve them out.

We can look at Saudi Arabia and tell them to take back their military officers’ training here in America. We no longer have to be wary of developments in the Middle East and have our commodities markets react nervously about the “flow of oil.” This is the gift that Texas has given to our America, and it should be widely celebrated.

New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez appeared earlier this year at the SXSW (South by Southwest) gathering in Austin, Texas. She, while here in Texas, advocated her insanity — known as the Green New Deal — which promotes ending the oil and gas industry in America in the next ten years. How utterly imbecilic, and dangerous, as natural gas is one of the primary reasons why greenhouse gases emissions in America are down. Yes, we are exporting our LNG, of which we are the Saudi Arabia, to other countries. We can now have more of our mass transit vehicles operating using natural gas. And, this “useful idiot” would prefer that we not develop those resources, and undermine our adversaries?

Energy security is a vital aspect of our national security and foreign policy. It keeps us from being dependent on entities that seek our demise. It means that we have job growth, and Americans are enjoying low energy prices. No, I do not want a Tesla, and most Americans cannot afford said vehicle. The renewable energy sources are fine, but they are highly subsidized and yield a very low percentage of our energy footprint.

I wish our dear misguided leftist neighbors would realize that it was Jimmy Carter who created the Department of Energy to make our nation energy independent. But, this was never achieved until a former Texas governor became the Secretary of Energy and President Donald Trump took office.

Please, progressive socialists, do not offend my intelligence by trying to assert that this is all a result of Barack Obama . . . he tried to kill our fossil fuels industry, admittedly so. The advances made in our energy exploration came because of states like Texas. In places with progressive socialist lunacy in leadership, Colorado, New York, they are doing all they can in restricting energy exploration.

Our energy independence has happened over the last three years under a president that the left wants to impeach. Our energy independence has happened in this state, Texas, the Lone Star State . . . yet, we have chuckleheads like Joe Biden visiting San Antonio today. Michael “Mr. Big Gulp” Bloomberg running TV ads all over Texas. And, the delusional Elizabeth Warren is opening up campaign offices in Texas.

Whiskey-Tango-Foxtrot?

Time magazine announced that Greta Thunberg is their “Person of the Year.” I find that to be insidious. The real folks that Time should recognize are the men and women of the Texas oil and gas industry that have made it possible for our country to be energy independent. Not some manipulated little foreign girl who, like the left, believes it is her role to lecture others on how to live their lives. Perhaps little Miss Thunberg should be in school, and learn about the miracle of hydraulic fracturing (aka “fracking”). Perhaps next time she will bypass the coastal elites of Manhattan and come to the Permian Basin of Texas, where real Americans hang out.

So, America, when you go to the gas pump, just give a silent “Yeehaw!” America is now energy independent! Merry Christmas, y’all, from the Lone Star State of Texas. Do not ever forget, our energy security is truly an important aspect of our national security and a strong pillar of our foreign policy.

Saudis? We don’t need no stinkin’ Saudis . . .

And we sure don’t need no stinkin’ progressive socialists mucking things up here in Texas . . . so y’all either git on board or git out.

Illegal Immigrants vs. Our Children

I will continue to hammer on this theme as long as the progressive socialist left advocates for and promotes the absurd policy of sanctuary for illegal immigrants. The left continues to place their ideological agenda of embracing illegal immigrants over our very own children. I find it utterly hypocritical when leftists cry for gun control to protect children. However, when our children are being killed and abused by criminal illegal immigrants what do we hear? Yes, crickets.

Our beloved Texas is number one in America for human and sex trafficking. Yet, leftist talking heads like @BetoORourke and @JulianCastro support open borders and the decriminalization of illegally crossing our #border. Click To Tweet

As I have shared with y’all before, our beloved Texas is number one in America for human and sex trafficking. Yet, leftist talking heads like Bob Frank O’Rourke and Julian Castro support open borders and the decriminalization of illegally crossing our border.

And now this, as reported by CBS2 New York:

“Federal immigration officials say two alleged child rapists are on the run after authorities in New York and New Jersey refused to hold the suspects in jail for ICE.

According to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Mexican nationals were each taken into custody for separate incidents in the Tri-State Area on charges they sexually assaulted a minor.

Despite requests that the men be held in jail until officers from ICE could pick them up, local law enforcement in both states released the suspects back into the public.

ICE says the first man — Luciano Trejo-Dominguez – was arrested by Vineland, New Jersey police for allegedly restraining and sexually assaulting a child younger than 16 on Aug. 12. Over the next two days, ICE and Pacific Enforcement Response Center both filed detainers to have Trejo-Dominguez held at the Cumberland County Jail. Those requests were denied and the alleged rapist was released on Aug. 23. Trejo-Dominguez has been charged with aggravated sexual assault, sexual assault of a victim 13-15 years-old, criminal restraint, criminal sexual contact, and endangering the welfare of a child.

The other man – Joaquin Rodriguez Quiroz – was arrested by police in New York’s Westchester County on 3rd-degree rape charges on Sept. 6. Quiroz allegedly raped a minor under 17-years old, which is a class-E felony in New York. ICE again lodged a detainer request with the Westchester County Jail on Sept. 7, but the Mexican national was released after posting bond.

New Jersey’s attorney general says the Immigrant Trust Directive issued last year limits law enforcement’s cooperation with ICE.”

That last line tells you all you need to know about the progressive socialist left. The NJ Attorney General says that their Immigrant Trust Directive is more important than the safety of our children. And how oxymoronic — emphasis on the root word “moron” — that the leftists would name something an Immigrant TRUST Directive? Whose TRUST are they seeking?

Yes, the leftists will shed fake tears over children being transported across our border illegally. But when it comes to the case of a young American woman, Kate Steinle, being gunned down by a five-time deported criminal illegal immigrant there was not even a mention. As a matter of fact, the leftists in the sanctuary state of California and the sanctuary city of San Francisco acquitted her killer and did not even sentence him on criminal possession of a firearm.

He was released and walked free . . .

This is indefensible, yet the leftists will denigrate anyone challenging their love affair with criminal illegal immigrants. The question we should pose is simple to our friends and neighbors calling themselves, Democrats: illegal immigrants . . . or our children?

Texas is Number One, and It’s Not Good

I have mentioned this previously and will continue to do so. Texas is the number one state in America for human and sex trafficking, with Dallas and Houston as the top two cities.

I know that the left is more concerned about climate change, but this is a disturbing issue, which one would believe we can all unite behind to end, or maybe not?

See, an important part of this issue is securing our borders, not exactly a policy issue the progressive socialist left wants to rally behind. Also, our Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Agency has human and sex trafficking as one of its missions. The left wants to abolish ICE. As a matter of fact, when was the last time you heard Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez use her social media platform to rail on the issue of human and sex trafficking? If she has, I apologize for not applauding her, but something tells me there is no need for an apology from me.

So, I just want to share a story, a tragic one, that I pray will cause us here in Texas to simply say, “no more.”

As reported by ABC 7:

“A family is pleading for justice after a 15-year-old sex-trafficking victim took her own life. Letty Serrano appeared to be a typical high school student with a loving family until she was forced into sex trafficking. “She was a great girl,” Serrano’s grandmother Cynthia Rivera said. “She was a good student and she loved her puppies.” On Oct. 12, Serrano decided to end her own life. Her family says it’s because she was a victim of sex trafficking. The family says at just 13 years old, Serrano was drugged and sold to sex traffickers.

When her family got her back, they say she was not the same little girl. “We got her back damaged,” Rivera said. Serrano’s father Mariano Serrano told ABC7 sister station, ABC13, that he’s broken and destroyed about what happened to his daughter. “I feel like I let her down,” Rivera said. Now, the family is raising money on Facebook for Serrano’s funeral expenses. They also want people to know how prevalent sex trafficking is in Houston, and how to help fight it.

“It’s a very familiar story, unfortunately,” Micah Gamboa, executive director of Elijah Rising. She says there are thousands of trafficking victims in Houston and over 300,000 in Texas. “Entire cities are becoming red-light districts. It’s no longer just a centralized or isolated issue. It’s actually spreading across the nation,” Gamboa said. The non-profit says suicide is common among sex-trafficking victims because their traffickers are rarely ever caught.”

I am the dad of two young women, and I pray this never happens to them. No, young boys are not immune from this pestilence either, this demonic scourge. But, sadly, we live in a world of predators, people who prey upon the smallest of us, our children, our grandchildren, and they are allowed to go unpunished. These devils walk among us and are invited to nice parties and events, constantly hiding their ugly, dark demons.

I have friends in law enforcement here in Dallas County, and they share with me horrific stories and the shocking backgrounds of these perpetrators who feel impervious to justice.

Everyone keeps ranting on about the prison guards who obviously let their “guard” down and Jeffrey Epstein took his life. Fine, I am glad that monster is gone. However, the real issue that we should all be made aware of are those who frequented his private island and partook of his vile services. Title and privilege should not be considered when it comes to protecting our children! But, we as a society also have a part to play in allowing this cancer to infest our nation. We have been far too accommodating and turning a blind, dismissive eye towards groups like NAMBLA (North American Man-Boy Love Association). We seem to want to treat pedophiles as victims, and not the victims as victims.

Is there any wonder why our children are the targets of monsters? After all, we deem it fanciful to kill our children in the womb, completely devaluing the most innocent of life.

We over-medicate our children. We shove tech devices into their hands and stop engaging with them. We allow them to have access to, and play, some of the most violent “games” and forms of entertainment around. Heck, in Austin, the Independent School District wants to teach 3rd-8th graders about the most perverse aspects of sex . . . and then we wonder why they are being looked upon as sexual objects by adults?

Letty Serano should still be alive, enjoying her fun years in high school. The demons that caused her death need to be hunted down and they should face the death penalty. Any adult that steals away the precious years of our children because of their lascivious perversions do, indeed, deserve a special place in hell.

Yes, every doggone individual who hung out with Jeffrey Epstein must be held accountable for the lives they destroyed, the memories they tarnished, the nightmares they produced.

Here in Texas, we have some work to do. There will be no abolishing of ICE. To those demons who hide in plain sight, sexually targeting our children note that the day of reckoning is coming.

Statement on the Brutal Murder of the Miller-Langford Family by Cartel in Mexico

Our condolences go out to the slain American family members at the hands of Mexican drug cartels. Let’s see what the response will be from the party of the “manufactured crisis.”

Something tells me we aren’t going to hear much about American families who are permanently separated due to criminal illegal immigrants and drug cartels.

Texas is the number one state for human and sex trafficking. Progressive socialists who embrace open borders and decriminalizing illegal border crossing are complicit. The drug cartels are now freely operating on our side of the border, threatening, intimidating, and killing Americans.

Enough! These animals represent a clear and present danger to these United States of America.

[LISTEN] Dana Loesch Radio: Allen West on Texas

LTC Allen West joins Dana Loesch to discuss a number of issues including the news of the day regarding Syria, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, and the Texas political landscape.

BORDER UPDATE: News About President Trump’s Wall

As you know, Raul Reyes and I just completed a trip to our border — Del Rio, Texas — last week. Here’s the video from that journey where we pointed out many of the issues the Rio Grande Valley is facing:

 

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Allen West and Raul Reyes at our border, discussing the conditions our border patrol faces in the Rio Grande Valley.

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Thus, it was good to see this today via Fox News:

“Construction on a new border wall in Texas where none previously existed has begun along the Rio Grande river, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) confirmed to Fox News on Friday.

While 75 miles of wall has already been built under the Trump administration, until now all of those structures replaced existing ones such as vehicle barriers or dilapidated fences, which were ineffective before being replaced, according to the agency.

The brand-new wall is under construction southeast of McAllen in Texas’s Rio Grande Valley sector, which sees the most illegal crossings of any border sector, with more than 325,000 people apprehended there through August this year, according to CBP.

“Rio Grande Valley is by far our busiest sector, so getting this new wall system capability down there for [the agents] is truly a game-changer,” a CBP spokesman said. “Just last week, the agents on the frontlines told us the wall is something they need.”

The spokesman said the 75 miles already built to replace weaker structures also helped tighten security.

“People can walk through or across a vehicle barrier with drugs or other contraband, but can’t walk through an 18- to 30-foot wall with anti-climb features, sensors and cameras,” the spokesman said.

The announcement comes as the Trump administration is making a renewed effort to show voters the U.S.-Mexico border wall remains a top priority.”

The Rio Grande Valley is exactly where LTC Reyes and I were, and earlier this year, I toured another spot mentioned in this post, McAllen, Texas. You can read about that trip here.

I can attest to the conditions in both Del Rio and McAllen, and am pleased to see this construction beginning. We have much more work to do, but for now, #PromisesKept!

[VIDEO] ACWT: Interview with LTC Allen West

I joined America, Can We Talk? and it’s host, Debbie Georgatos, to discuss topics of the day including my bid for Chairman of the Republican Party of Texas.

LTC Allen West appears on America, Can We Talk (ACWT) with Debbie Georgatos.