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San Antonio Firefighters Launch Promotional Drive to Change City Charter

On April 11th, San Antonio Professional Firefighters Association (SAPFFA) officials and supporters stood on the steps of City Hall to announce that the association was officially filing three petitions with the City to place charter amendments in a special November election. At a May city council meeting, the city clerk verified that each charter change petition had sufficient registered voter signatures (at least 20,000 each) collected and submitted within the required time frame. The SAPFFA has christened their city charter amendment initiative the “San Antonio First” Campaign. It took the firefighters and their supporters close to two months to raise …

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Aliens Fuel Voter Fraud in Texas

For a “non-existent” problem, non-citizen voting is becoming a regular occurrence in Texas. In the past two weeks: A Salvadoran national who entered the U.S. illegally was indicted on multiple counts of voter fraud. Prosecutors say Mario Obdulio Orellanaregistered to vote as a U.S. citizen and voted in the November 2016 election. A non-citizen was indicted for marking a ballot without a voter’s consent. Marcela Gutierrezallegedly led a voter to believe she was demonstrating how to use a voting machine while actually casting votes for a slate of candidates she was paid to support. Following last year’s prosecution of Mexican national Rosa Ortega, who illegally…

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Mixed Messages From Church Leaders

Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller, head of the archdiocese of San Antonio,  has been one of the most vocal leaders of  the Catholic Church speaking out against the Trump Administration’s Zero Tolerance policy on illegal immigration. Archbishop Garcia-Siller, published a statement earlier this year on the immigration crisis, saying that the administration’s policies “will punish the majority of immigrants that want to come to America, the land of the free, for a better future.” The Jesuit periodical, America Magazine, publicized another statement on video by Archbishop Garcia-Siller where he condemned the administration’s zero tolerance policy as evil, unjust, “the way the devil…

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The Real Victims of a Broken Immigration Policy

Jared Nathanial Vargas, a 20 year old college student at Northwest Vista College who grew up in San Antonio went missing Saturday, June 14th.  His family suspected foul play and asked friends and family members to start a prayer chain to help find him and bring him home safe. He had been missing three days when his scorched body was found in an apartment complex on Jones Maltsberger in San Antonio on June 16th by firefighters responding to an emergency call. The cause of Vargas’ death was ruled homicidal violence by the medical examiner’s office. The “alleged” perpetrator, Ernesto Esquivel-Garcia,…

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The Politics Behind the Dueling Billboards

A billboard company put up a sign over a week ago along Interstate 40 outside the panhandle town of Vega, paid for by an undisclosed customer.  The sign read, “Liberals, Please continue on I-40 until you have left our GREAT STATE OF TEXAS.” Well, the backlash was immediate after the sign’s message went viral on social media. An Amarillo resident, Roman Leal, started a GoFundMe account to put up a “warmer, gentler, welcoming” message around I-40 and Coulter: “Texas is for everyone – not for bigotry. Welcome, y’all!” The offending billboard was replaced with an “inclusive” Austin approved message.  The…

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