Statements from Washington

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

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.

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

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."

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."

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."

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."

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

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

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