Hope for 'Dreamers'
I am an 82-year-old Tejano parent of Mexican ancestry. I will continuously pray that one day, very soon, our president and lawmakers working on immigration reform legislation deliver positive results.
One of my main concerns revolves around the young people — “Dreamers” — who hopefully, after obtaining “registered provisional immigration” status, can apply for legal, permanent residency in five years, maybe less time, then immediately request citizenship.
The Department of Homeland Security is empowered to streamline that process and citizenship plans. Exclusion for in-state tuition for undocumented students at public universities would stop.
Moses P. Saldaña
No fees at the Alamo
The Alamo is now being managed by the State of Texas. To protect the Alamo, the Texas Legislature needs to submit a constitutional amendment to voters in November: Admission fees to enter the Alamo are prohibited.
Re: July 2 article, “5,000 rally at Capitol for abortion rights.”
Some 5,000 people spoke by their presence at the abortion rally on Monday. I don’t understand why white, male Republicans have brought this issue to the legislature. A decision about abortion is best left to the patient, doctor and family. Please work on infrastructure, education, worker safety, pollution and the environment. Education of our legislators might be a good start.
Abortion should be early, safe, legal and rare. Period.
The 20-week ban
Re: July 2 PolitiFact column, “Polling evidence lacking in abortion bill claim.”
Your PolitiFact column said many might support early abortion, but the 20-week ban is one that voters would like to keep. There is a belief that those seeking abortions are unmarried teenagers. And for early abortions, that may be true. Those in the post-20-week period are often carrying fetuses with abnormalities incompatible with life, or women who, due to their own medical problems (breast cancer for example), had to choose to save the baby or themselves.
Difficult choices, but in the end they are not ours to make. It is the height of arrogance for us as voters to insert ourselves into this decision. Could the American-Statesman report how many abortions are performed in the post-20-week period and for what reasons? It may be that this is just a red herring, which allows the governor to essentially end all abortions in Texas.
Campbell's role laudable
Re: June 28 column, “Wendy and the boys put Texas back in spotlight.”
State Rep. Wendy Davis believes that she was treated dismissively during her filibuster on Senate Bill 5 because she is a woman . I guess she forgot that it was Sen. Donna Campbell who raised the question of germaneness that ended her filibuster. The majority of the Texas Senate, including women, supported Senate Bill 5. They are all elected by the people of Texas to pass legislation favored by their constituents including Texas voters who favor restrictions to abortions and provisions to ensure women receive a high standard of care.
I applaud Sen. Campbell for her role in ending the filibuster. Too bad an unruly mob prevented the bill from being voted on. While I applaud the mobs willingness to show support for their cause and Sen. Davis, the unruly behavior and disruption of the legislative process cannot be allowed to happen. I stand with Sen. Campbell.
A great Honor Flight
It is a very special event when you are able to make an exciting trip that is loaded with great memories. Such a trip is the Honor Flight for World War II veterans to see the memorial built in their honor. I was fortunate to make this flight to Washington, D.C., with 24 other World War II veterans.
An excellent, organized staff plus caretakers and others made this trip very successful and comfortable with pleasant and interesting memories. Our group was greeted and applauded by so many people not only in Austin but also in Washington, D.C. This made us appreciate the fact that we are all Americans living in a country where everyone enjoys many freedoms bought with the sacrifices of many veterans. So, let us all be thankful, not just today, but everyday for those who sacrificed their lives for this freedom. Thanks to all who made this flight the greatest!
Last week, the House rejected a farm bill that would have upheld wasteful subsidies to the top 4 percent of big agribusiness such as Cargill and Monsanto. Since 1995, 18 billion taxpayer dollars have gone to subsidize junk food ingredients such as high fructose corn syrup and soy oils. As a native Houstonian who has seen the prevalence of the national obesity epidemic, I applaud Rep. Lloyd Doggett for standing up against one of the most harmful bills to American health. I urge him to take this opportunity for a rewrite and stand up to industry lobbyists by making sure these big ag subsidies are left out of the next farm bill.