Statements from Texas

Says three Ukrainians recently captured on a West Texas ranch are among "individuals from countries that have strong terrorist ties being apprehended" near the state’s border with Mexico.

Says John Cornyn dodged the draft during the Vietnam War.

"We’ve had about 3,000 murders" in connection with lax border security.

"We have a 40 to 50 percent dropout rate in our inner-city schools."

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.

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."

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.

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."

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