Statements from Texas Capitol

"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."

Since 2000, Texas has reduced "harmful pollutants in the air like nitrogen oxide by 62.5 percent, and ozone by 23 percent--a reduction that is 12 percent greater than the national average."  

The Obama administration spent "$205,075 in ‘stimulus’ funds to relocate a shrub that sells for $16."

Under David Dewhurst’s leadership, the Texas "Senate passed an expansion of in-state tuition and free health care to illegal immigrants."

Dan Branch "once lobbied for the AFL-CIO."

Says Dan Patrick "proposed Arizona-style show-me-your-papers legislation."

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