YOU are NEEDED in AUSTIN on Wednesday, April 6th
CALL to Action by our Fellow Patriots at:
Texans for Immigration Reform &
Americans for Prosperity - Texas Chapter
TFIR: There is a very important House State Affairs Public Hearing to be held this Wednesday. (See below details on the “bad bills” being considered). There is a need for a “physical” presence for opponents of these bills to be there on Wednesday (April 6th) afternoon (TBA). (www.TFIR.org)
AFP-TX: You are invited to lend your limited-government support at an 11 a.m. Press Conference on the NORTH STEPS of the Texas Capitol, followed by legislative office visits. (www.afptx.org)
Subject: Fw: We need you!!!!!
Date: Monday, April 4, 2011, 10:41 AM
Please read this e-mail. As you scroll down you will see the reference to HB2886 which is a guest worker program for "foreign nationals who are not lawfully present in this state" (illegal). They will be allowed to apply for a resident alien card, pay a fee or 4,000 which will be valid for 8 years, state taxes will be withheld from their pay checks, employers may not discriminate against an illegal! They will be allowed to get a driver's license. If one illegal is married to another illegal, only 1 of them has to report wages to the state. This bill is 100% in violation of both federal and state law.
This bill is scheduled for a hearing on Wednesday afternoon. We need as many people to show up as possible. It is not necessary to testify, but we need the support. The bill is only 3 pages.
There is a very important public hearing in The State Affairs Committee this Wednesday April 6th.
The bad bills first:
Hb 1474: This bill will prohibit landlords from requiring to refuse to lease to a tenant solely on their immigration status or to inquire into immigration status (Farmers Branch for example)
Hb 2886: The establishment of a work program for certain persons not legally authorized to be in the United States. These people may apply for a Texas Resident Alien card at the cost of $4.000 after a background check, and it is valid for 8 years.
The good bills:
Hb 3252: Relating to a prohibition against the knowing employment of unauthorized foreign nationals, providing penalties. This is an e-verify bill.
HJR 36: which proposes a constitutional amendment to denying bail to those who are in the country illegally and are taken into custody for committing a felony.
The State Affairs Committee:
Rep Byron Cooke 512-463-0730
Rep Jose Menendez 512-463-0634
Rep Tom Craddock 512-463-0500
Rep John Frullo 512-463-0676
Rep Pete Gallego 512-463-0566
Rep Charlie Geren 512-463-0610
Rep Patricia Harless 512-463-0496
Rep Harvey Hilderbran 512-463-0536
Rep Dan Huberty 512-463-0520
Rep Rene Oliveira 512-463-0640
Rep John Smithee 512-463-0702
Rep Burt Solomons 512-463-0478
Rep Sylvester Turner 512-463-0554
Please let your opinions be known by calling the State Affairs Committee or attending the public hearing.
Texans For Immigration Reform
Houston, TX 77215-1014
Excerpt from email sent by AFP Texas (emphasis is ours):
Texans for a Conservative Budget: Tighten your belt, Texas Day at the Capitol
“We limited government advocates have been vastly outnumbered at the Capitol this legislative session. The legislature is working to cut spending and not raise taxes this session, but every spending program has its special interests. We realize that government needs to tighten its belt just like Texas families are reigning in their spending when they have less to spend.”
“On March 30, the group Cover Texas Now (advocating for ObamaCare) and school administrators and their lobby organizations converged on the Capitol with similar messages: don’t cut spending, and drain all of the rainy day fund.
Earlier in the week, a group rallied at the Capitol chanting “3 point 2 just won’t do” referring to the rainy day funds the legislature might use to fill this year’s revenue shortfall.
These groups are calling on legislators to use all of the rainy day funds.
We realize you work hard to take care of your family and pay your taxes, but you are needed at the Capitol on Wednesday, April 6 to stand up for the taxpayers!
DETAILS: 11 a.m. Press Conference on the NORTH STEPS of the Texas Capitol, followed by a briefing with information in the Legislative Conference Center, Room E2.002 inside the Capitol extension.
NOTE: we usually gather at the South steps – this time we will be on the other side, the North side of the Capitol closer to the extension.
We need to send a message to the Texas legislature that you support cutting the budget. We must remind lawmakers that the voters demanded in November that our lawmakers stop overspending and stop mortgaging our children’s futures.
It is short notice, but the House will likely pass the budget this weekend and send it to the Senate. We want to support the spending cuts the House will be making and provide support for those in the Senate.
You can help shape the future of Texas. If we don’t cut spending now, then when?”