Statements from Texas Capitol

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.

Says of flood of non-Mexicans being apprehended at the border: "These are people that are coming from states like Syria that have substantial connections back to terrorist regimes and terrorist operations."

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

Says Dan Patrick has "called immigration into Texas an invasion" and "said immigrants coming into Texas bring ‘third-world diseases.’"

A record number of immigrants not from Mexico are "being apprehended at the border."

"At the beginning of World War II, we had a relatively small army, smaller than Portugal’s."

Our "trade with Mexico is $720 million a day; that’s our No. 1 trading partner."

"Last year," Obama "administration officials released into our neighborhoods more than 36,000 criminal immigrants who had nearly 88,000 convictions. The crimes included hundreds of convictions for murder, rape and kidnapping and thousands of drug-related crimes."

"The average student loan debt in Texas is over $22,000...the cost of an average size pickup truck." But unlike car owners, "students are not allowed to refinance their loans at lower rates."

Four (maybe five) Latinos have served on the Austin City Council.  

"Public display of a long rifle is perfectly legal in Texas."

In Texas, "a faceless hospital panel can deny life-sustaining care, giving you only 10 days to find another facility for your mother, dad, or young child, even if the patient is conscious."

Rick Perry doesn’t think there should be a federal minimum wage.

"From the ‘Do As I Say Not As I Do’ department: federal employees owe $3.3 billion in back taxes."

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