I returned to Washington last week after working in the district during the Easter recess. I enjoyed seeing many of you at various events throughout the 2nd Congressional District and hearing what you have to say about issues facing our country. As always, border security and immigration reform remains the number one issue across the board. I am committed to being your voice in Washington on this issue.
God and Texas,
I participated in the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) Hold Their Feet to the Fire Rally this week and spoke on over 30 radio talk shows across the country about the need to secure our borders and put a stop to illegal immigration. The comments from callers from Ohio to Florida to California were all the same - no amnesty. The American people get it and I will continue to evoke some common sense solutions on Capitol Hill.
This week I sent a letter to President Bush requesting an immediate pardon for Edwards County Deputy Gilmer Hernandez. I met with Gilmers family, as well as other border agents that are facing an uphill battle against our federal government and their families. Our border protectors need to know that their government is going to stand behind them.
I met with the sixteen Texas Border Sheriffs and got a grim picture of the situation on the border from the lawmen on the front lines. An unsecured border and talks of amnesty have made their job even more dangerous. Sheriff Flores of Webb County told me the border is even more violent than it was just three months ago when I was down in Laredo.
I took that same message to Grand Rapids, Michigan recently when I spoke to over 900 police officers from the Midwest and Canada. The lawlessness along our borders continues to be an open invitation to terrorists and a growing threat to our national security no matter where you live.
For more information on the Hernandez Pardon request: http://poe.house.gov/News/DocumentSingle.aspx?DocumentID=63474
As founder and co-chair of the Congressional Victims Rights Caucus (VRC), I hosted the annual VRC Victim Advocate Awards paying tribute to survivors that have taken their tragedy and turned it around to help others. Among this years honorees were Mark Lunsford, father of Jessica Lunsford. Mark has been a relentless advocate for child safety issues in Washington and throughout the country.
I appeared with actress Christina Ricci at a support rally for rape victims. I was the keynote speaker at the Crime Victims Rights Conference in Washington, DC and also spoke to members at the Parents of Murdered Children Briefing. I attended the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence Breakfast and the Department of Justice Observance for Victims of Crime ceremony.
For more information on the VRC and Award recipients:
TOWN HALL MEETINGS
This weekend I will be hosting two informational Town Hall Meetings in Atascocita and Crosby for area residents. I look forward to seeing you there and discussing issues of interest to you.
Saturday, April 28, 2007
Atascocita High School (Red Learning Group Instruction Area)
13300 Will Clayton Parkway
Saturday, April 28, 2007
Crosby Community Center
409 Hare Road
SAN JACINTO DAY
This past weekend Texans celebrated San Jacinto Day and I had the privilege of being the keynote speaker at the ceremony held at the Monument. I also commemorated this important Texas holiday on the House floor, We remember our past knowing we were a nation once, and sometimes we still act like an independent people and country. And the rest, they say, is Texas history.
To read my speech in its entirety: http://poe.house.gov/
BEAUMONT POSTAL ENCODING CENTER
The USPS slipped in under the dark of night and announced that they were closing the Regional Encoding Center in Beaumont. This has long been a rumor around Jefferson County and I have been working to keep constituents informed and had the promise of the USPS to keep us in the loop on any decisions that were made. Unfortunately, they did not keep their word. I have requested USPS officials meet with my office and reconsider their decision.
MEETINGS & EVENTS
Over the past few weeks I have met with President Bush about the war in Iraq; General Petraeus about the surge in Bagdad; numerous officials from the Scandinavian countries; Greek Ambassador, Alexandros Mallias; Turkish Parliamentarians; the 2007 National Crime Victims Award recipient Debra Sharp; Spring ISD officials; Port of Liberty Commissioners; representatives from the Lamar Institute of Technology; American Bar Association; Houston Chapter of Real Estate Management and Beaumont Rotarians.
I spoke to students at Port Neches High School, Spring High School and was the speaker at the Humble JROTC Military Ball.
I hosted our regular meeting in the Humble District Office with the Airport Stakeholders regarding noise issues in the area. This is an important issue to the residents in Harris County and we continue to move forward in finding solutions to noise issues in a productive manner.
AWARDS & RECOGNITION
For the second consecutive year, I received the prestigious Spirit of Enterprise award from the United States Chamber of Commerce. I am honored to be recognized again this year by the Chamber. Supporting legislation that helps business owners and the American worker continues to be a top priority and I look forward to being a strong voice in Washington on behalf of small business.
For more information about the award: http://poe.house.gov/news/DocumentSingle.aspx?DocumentID=62731
Be sure to keep tuning in to catch me on with Dominick Brascia on the Morning Blend every other Monday on KOLE 1380AM in Beaumont and on Fox 26 Morning News in Houston to talk about issues in the news.
Thank you again to those who I met with over the past few weeks. Dont forgetlet me know whats on your mind. Go to my website http://poe.house.gov and go to Contact Us.