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Rush Limbaugh said the Obama administration planned the influx of children across the U.S.-Mexico border. Pants on Fire!

Rush Limbaugh said the Obama administration planned the influx of children across the U.S.-Mexico border. Pants on Fire!

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Says a 9-year-old girl was recently raped in Austin, Texas, by a guy previously "caught four times and released."

More than 3,000 homicides were committed by "illegal aliens" over the past six years.

Obama’s 2012 policy on younger immigrants "created these children coming across" the border.

Says the Obama administration never responded to his 2012 letter flagging the uptick in unaccompanied children crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.

"Latinos now make up the majority population in Texas."

"Teenage births cost Texas taxpayers $1.1 billion in health care, foster care and lost tax revenue in 2010 alone."  

"We spend $18 billion a year on making sure that the federal government has immigrant enforcement agents. That's more than DEA and the ATF and the FBI and all the other enforcement (agencies) combined."

"This president has offered fewer executive actions than almost any other president preceding his presidency in recent history."

"Without the financial resources provided by hunters to protect habitat and stop poachers, there would be no infrastructure for wildlife management."

When undocumented children are picked up at the border and "told to appear later in court ... 90 percent do not then show up."

"If you're a Mexican, you get sent back. ... But if you're from a noncontiguous country like the Central American countries" then you can stay in the United States.

Says children are coming into the U.S. in "staggering numbers" because  President Barack Obama "has been promising amnesty."

Says Greg Abbott "has lost" in court "four times in just the past few days."

Dan Patrick was the only state senator "who voted against the Veteran Entrepreneurship Program, a program that assists veterans in successfully starting up their own businesses."

Says he lived in a colonia while working as a farm worker.

"The platform of the Republican Party says deport everybody and to hell with it."

Says 95 percent of people caught crossing the U.S.-Mexico border said in a survey "we are coming because we’ve been promised amnesty."

"Wendy Davis’ legal work is currently under FBI investigation."

Says Central Texas river water sent to downstream rice farmers in 2011 equaled about three years’ worth of Austin’s water use.

"One thousand people a day are moving to Texas, which means there will be 15 million more people over the next 25 years."

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