Category Archives: 2014

Texas Legislatures Demand Washington Pick up the Tab for Border Security Costs

Austin –Texas lawmakers call on Washington to reimburse the state for costs related to the federal government’s failure to secure the border.

 

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“I have been on the border numerous times and have personally observed what goes on and know what it takes for our men and women to secure the border,” said State Representative Dan Flynn (R – Van). “Texas has done an excellent job in finding ways to secure our border but it is time for the Federal Government to step up and reimburse the hardworking taxpayers of Texas.

 

Texas is on the hook for $559 million in expenditures since January, 2013 on populations illegally in the country. Those costs include:

 

  • $104,277,316 spent by the Department of Public Safety (DPS) on border surge operations to detect, deter and apprehend criminal activities by drug cartels and trans-national gangs;
  • $3,405,241 spent by Texas Parks and Wildlife to assist with patrolling hot spots along the border;
  • $37,211,923 spent by the Texas Military Forces in response to the governor’s order to deploy up to 1,000 members of the Texas National Guard;
  • $137,100,757 spent by county jails to incarcerate criminals aliens;
  • $205,092,350 spent by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice to incarcerate criminal aliens in state prisons;
  • $72,108,476 to be spent by the Texas Education Agency on the education of unaccompanied minors from Central America who now reside in Texas. This figure does not include the education of children who came to Texas illegally with their family unit.

Lawmakers also acknowledge they are seeking reimbursement for a conservative amount, noting that health care costs are not tracked by the federal government for these populations, nor are costs for educating children who entered illegally with their family unit.

 

“Texas has been taking on an unbelievable expense in taking care of and educating the thousands of unaccompanied minors crossing the border,” said Representative Flynn. “Texas has been doing everything it can to secure the border and protect citizens and it is time Washington does what is right and accept the consequences from the Administration’s failed immigration and border security policies and reimburse our state.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   ###

 

Early Voting

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October 17, 2014 Phone: (512) 463-0880

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VAN ZANDT COUNTY

Plaza Museum

119 N. Buffalo Street

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8am-5pm Monday through Friday

October 31st 8am-7pm

 

“This election is so important in maintaining a solid group of elected officials that will continue to support Texas values, faith, family, and freedom.” -Representative Dan Flynn

 

May God continue to bless you and the Great State of Texas.

Representative Dan Flynn, District 2

Flynn Report: October 15 2014 Border Crisis Update

Flynn Report

October 15, 2014

Greetings Friends, Constituents and Supporters

The border crisis continues to be the issue of deep concern and wherever I go constituents want to know and ask what is being done. Since my last report, there are a few positive updates to note. According to public and confidential reports the rate of illegal immigrants crossing the Texas border has dropped. Some say this could be because of seasonal trends, more crossings elsewhere or the calm before the storm of another wave of Other Than Mexican (OTMs) illegals seeking to cross.

In any event from a personal observation I can see the outstanding and determined work of the Department of Public Safety, the Game Wardens of Texas Parks and Wildlife, local law enforcement and the soldiers of the Texas Military Forces as well as the Border Patrol ( However; their mission is directed by Washington) they are having an effect, slowing crossings and acting as a stop gap while we continue to petition the Washington administration to do its job.

As previously reported the number of Illegal Aliens apprehensions in Texas for Calendar Year (CY) 2011 was 112,426, which increased by 48% to 166,449 in CY 2012, and another 46% to 242,660 in CY 2013, and 271,407 in CY 2014 as of October.

By no means are we out of the woods yet. However, in the absence of increased federal assistance, I believe the Texas forces are doing an admirable job of working to decrease the rapid flood of illegal immigration at our border as well as steps towards securing our southern border. Operation Strong Safety has been successful at the border and in reducing transactional crime throughout Texas. I have faith that it will continue to be successful as this problem persists.

Border Trip

Under the authorization of Governor Rick Perry, Lt. Governor David Dewhurst and Speaker Joe Straus they have directed Members of the Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas Parks and Wildlife, Border Sheriff’s Association, and the Texas Military Forces to continue their efforts of protecting the interests of our citizens and have been working day and night to provide unwavering commitment to defending the border.

Border security is crucial to maintaining the safety of Texas and the problems we are faced with effects other states as well. On my most recent trip to the border, we were pleased to host a group of Colorado legislators to witness first hand not only the many ways our border is being breached but also how our forces are responding.

Senator Lundberg had this to say: “Through briefings, air flights, and tours on their marine and land vehicles, we saw the remarkable progress they have made in securing this critical part of our nation’s border. After many years of debate over what can be done to secure the border it is an incredible encouragement to see the difference ‘boots on the ground’ have made at the far southern tip of Texas.”

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Senators Lundberg and Vicki Marble from Colorado visiting the Border

 

I continue to be frustrated by the lack of support from the Federal Government. I am pleased to be a part of Texas’s continued effort to address border security and I pledge to continue my efforts in support of Homeland Security and public safety.

The good news is what I believe will be new statewide leadership will continue our efforts to assure that the citizens of Texas and the United States are provided a safe and secure homeland.

In another update, Marine Sergeant Tahmooressi has still not been released from Mexican prison. There has been talk about an all but certain release but as of now, he is still being denied freedom. It is important that we do not leave our Veterans behind. Marine Sergeant Tahmooressi is diagnosed with PTSD and, like many of our Veterans, he deserves care and effort by those in a position to help him get back to the States. Our current administration needs to do more for this war hero. We will continue our efforts in monitoring his situation to see that he gets released.

The Ebola epidemic is another example of failure by the current administration and I am working hard to ensure our district receives full and complete information for their protection and that of all Texans. I will also continue efforts to prevent entry into our country from those affected countries. For more information on Ebola and Ebola updates, you will find the following links helpful.

  • Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS)
  • Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC)
    • News releases and sign up for email updates – http://www.hhsc.state.tx.us/news/release.shtml
    • Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/TexasHHSC My staff and I continue to welcome your input and your questions. You can contact our office; mailing address: P.O. Box 2910, Austin, TX 78768. Toll Free: 800-734-9515 Dan Flynn, State Representative, District 2
    • May God continue to bless you and the Great State of Texas!
    • Email: District2Flynn@house.state.tx.us
    • These links serve to provide current news, information and best practices from state and federal

These links serve to provide current news, information and best practices from state and federal partners concerning EVD and response.

 My staff and I continue to welcome your input and your questions. You can contact our office; mailing address: P.O. Box 2910, Austin, TX 78768. Toll Free: 800-734-9515

Email: District2Flynn@house.state.tx.us

 

May God continue to bless you and the Great State of Texas!

Dan Flynn, State Representative, District 2

 

 

 

Flynn Report: June 23 2014

Flynn Report Border Crisis Greetings Friends, Constituents & Supporters,

 

Since reports first began to surface regarding the rapid rate at which illegal immigrants are attempting to flood the Texas-Mexico border, many of you have asked what can be done or why more is not being done. Like many, I too am frustrated by our administration in Washington and their negligent attitude toward the border crisis; however, I am incredibly pleased with the efforts made by the Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas Parks & Wildlife, Border Sheriff’s Association, and the Texas Military Forces to address public concerns and respond to the Governor, Lt. Governor and Speaker’s requests for increased personnel and resources along the border. In an ongoing effort to keep up with our concerns, I felt that the graphs and charts published by DPS do an excellent job showing us exactly what their challenges have been on the border.Border Crisis 3

Pictured with DPS Director, Steve McCraw (left) & DPS Regional Commander Rodriguez (right), in McAllen, TX. 

In absence of increased Federal assistance, I commend our Texas leaders, led by the Texas Department of Public Safety, for providing excellent communication, thorough documentation, and an unwavering commitment to protecting the interests of Texas and our citizens.

 

It is comforting to recognize that this issue is continuing to be addressed in spite of efforts on the apart of the Feds to offer no support to protect the citizens of Texas and secure our borders.

 

I encourage each of you to read over this report and its alarming statistics. Most importantly, please share this with your friends and neighbors who may still be skeptical about the true nature of this border crisis. It is comforting to recognize that this issue is continuing to be addressed in spite of efforts on the apart of the Feds to offer no support to protect the citizens of Texas and secure our borders.

 

Overview of Human Smuggling Activity along the Texas-Mexico Border

Over the past few years, apprehensions of illegal aliens have been increasing in Texas, most significantly in the Rio Grande Valley.

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The Rio Grande Valley (RGV) has experienced a sharp increase in illegal alien apprehensions since 2011. Total apprehensions in the RGV are at historically elevated levels, and include greater numbers of other-than-Mexicans (OTMs) and unaccompanied alien children (UACs) than any other sector along the U.S.-Mexico border. Apprehensions of Mexican illegal aliens continue to be concentrated in the Tucson Sector, followed by the RGV. In addition, total apprehensions are now highest in the RGV Sector, which represents a noteworthy change from previous years.

 

The United States Border Patrol reported 154,453 total apprehensions just in the RGV during 2013, a 58 percent increase from 2012, and more than double the number in 2011. RGV Sector apprehensions are at their highest levels since FY1999.

 

The Rio Grande Valley has experienced a sharp rise in non-Mexican (OTM) apprehensions, which increased 96 percent to 96,829 in 2013 from 2012, and have more than tripled since 2011.

 

The number of unaccompanied children (UAC)  apprehensions in The Rio Grande Valley have increased rapidly through 2013 when they reached 21,553, which represents a 100 percent increase from 2012 and a 312 percent increase from 2011.

 

More than half of all unaccompanied children apprehended along the entire U.S.-Mexico border in 2013 occurred in The Rio Grande Valley alone.

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The Rio Grande Valley now accounts for a significant proportion of apprehensions along the U.S.-Mexico border. In 2013, the RGV accounted for 37 percent of total apprehensions, 65 percent of OTM apprehensions, and 56 percent of UAC apprehensions along the U.S.-Mexico order.

 

I pledge to continue my efforts in support of Homeland Security and public safety, and to assure that the citizens of Texas and the United States of America are provided a safe and secure homeland. It remains my pleasure and honor to represent all the people of House District 2. My staff and I continue to welcome your input and your questions. You can contact our office; mailing address: P. O. Box 2910, Austin, TX 78768. Email:District2.Flynn@house.state.tx.us. Toll free number 1-800-734-9515. 

May God continue to bless you and the Great State of Texas!

Dan Flynn, State Representative, District 2