July 29, 2023

Combating Human Trafficking and Securing the Border in Texas

Last week our family made a trip to Plaza Cinema IV in Decatur to see Sound of Freedom, which chronicles the horrific journey of two young children who were abducted and trafficked as sex slaves to deviant predators who live among us.

Angel Studios did an incredible job of conveying the horror of these kids’ experiences while not forcing viewers to see it with their own eyes. For that I am thankful. I implore you to see this movie immediately if you haven’t yet.

We Texans are in the crossroads of the largest slave and drug trade in human history. There are more human beings trapped in slavery today than when slavery was legal. Jarod Forget, Special Agent with the DEA, states, “For traffickers, it doesn’t matter which product is being sold — both drugs and sex are lucrative industries – as long as money is made. Drug cartels often use trafficked women and children to smuggle drugs across the border, doubling up on the money they can make from them.”

The existence of this trade in North America is due to three factors:

  • Godlessness. The sharp rise of child sex slavery directly tracks with the attack on the Western nuclear family that has been systematically perpetrated by the left for most of my lifetime. 
  • Demand. No market can exist without both supply of a product and demand for it. 
  • Access. The southern border of Texas is virtually an open border. There is no real penalty for crossing it illegally, and currently, our federal government is in every way facilitating the invasion of humans with the help of the drug cartels.

Conservative estimates by the US Department of Health and Human Services suggest that 50,000 slaves are brought into Texas each and every year. As it stands, at least 8.2 million illegals have crossed our southern border over the past two years. The current population of Texas (not counting illegals) is just over thirty million.

As our campaign has stated many times in the past, in the quest to secure the border of Texas, no tactic, no rules of engagement, no criminal penalty, should be taken off of the table. We are in a fight for the very survival of our home and our way of life. As we know, the goal of the current regime in Washington, D.C. is to flood our state with would-be Democrats, eventually give them the right to vote via a Federal takeover of state elections, and destroy the America that our founding fathers fought to establish.

This week, we learned that the Federal government initiated legal action against the state of Texas for the measures that Governor Abbott has taken to secure the border of Texas. Although I wish that Texas had done even more over the past two years to stop the millions that have already crossed, I applaud the specific measures of repelling illegals and installing additional barriers and physical deterrents he has taken in recent weeks (with the caveat that these measures have the effect of forcing a higher percentage into the open corridors that route them into the arms of US Customs and Border Protection, who transport the illegals deeper into America).

When Texas joined the United States in 1845, they did so with the assurance that the Federal Government would help protect Texas from hostile Mexican forces and Indians on the frontier. With a few exceptions over the past 178 years, the Federal Government has completely abdicated its responsibility and Texas has consistently had to protect itself from threats to its south. Thankfully our American founding fathers foresaw the potential of this happening and included language in Article I, Section 10 of the US Constitution that acknowledged the natural and inalienable right of states to protect themselves from invasion. Note that this language pre-dated the Constitution, and was included in the Articles of Confederation, as well. It’s also found in Article 4, Section 7 of the Texas Constitution. Also, note that our founders recognized that “smuggling” would reasonably qualify as “invasion.”

The right of a state to protect itself is a corollary to the 2nd Amendment of the US Constitution: just as 2A acknowledges the natural right of any person to protect himself, Article I, Section 10 acknowledges the right of any group of people–any county, any state, to protect itself from foreign invaders.

I firmly believe that it is the destiny of Texas to save our hemisphere and Western civilization. As our founders made clear in Federalist #26, the most powerful branch of government is the state Legislature who created the Federal government in the first place. As Hamilton stated, it is the duty of our legislators to be “suspicious and jealous guardians of the rights of the citizens against encroachments from the federal government, will constantly have their attention awake to the conduct of the national rulers, and will be ready enough, if any thing improper appears, to sound the alarm to the people, and not only to be the VOICE, but, if necessary, the ARM of their discontent.

As your legislator, I will fight to protect Texas. The bible has given us guidance for the evil we are facing in Proverbs 24: 10-12:

We cannot look away now that we know. We must boldly proclaim that we are a place of freedom and we must defend it. Please stand with me for the innocent and for Texas.