Dems Call On Texas Attorney General to 'Denounce' Border Militias

Image: Dems Call On Texas Attorney General to 'Denounce' Border Militias Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott. (Mike Stone/Reuters/Landov)

Friday, 01 Aug 2014 02:35 PM

By Jennifer G. Hickey

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
The 12 Democratic members of Texas' congressional delegation want their state's attorney general to publicly denounce "lawless" and "potentially volatile groups" patrolling private land along the southern border, the San Antonio Express-News reported.

"These lawless militias could worsen an already difficult situation by promoting violence against minors who are seeking refuge and fleeing violent situations in their home countries," the July 30 letter reads.

They further request Attorney General Greg Abbott "clarify the jurisdiction these groups have to patrol" alongside border patrol agents. Abbott is running for governor.

Abbott spokeswoman Laura Bean, told the Express-News the letter was a "partisan political stunt" and suggested the lawmakers "should work with their Republican colleagues to secure federal funding for the state's border security efforts."

"As attorney general, Greg Abbott calls on congressional Democrats to immediately support federal funding for the National Guard and the Texas Department of Public Safety — which have been deployed to secure the border because the federal government failed to do its job," she added.

The lawmakers' letter is the latest in an ongoing campaign by Texas Democrats calling on Abbott to denounce the militia and citizen border groups.

"Republicans need to stop the rhetoric, this is no longer about fringe groups and their imprint on an arcane Republican Party Platform, it is about children’s lives and the future of Texas,” Texas Democratic Party Communications Director Emmanuel Garcia said in a July 9 statement.

Garcia followed up this week with another release demanding Abbott join other officials in chastising the groups.

"Local and federal officials have strongly rebuked these groups’ actions. The dog whistles were heard, Republicans’ irresponsible vile rhetoric did its part, now Texas faces the consequences," he said in a July 28 statement.

Related Stories:

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Ad Slams Scott Walker Ally for Swastika on Facebook Page

Friday, 31 Oct 2014 18:22 PM

Wisconsin Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke released a television spot on Friday that blasted Gov. Scott Wal . . .

Colorado GOP Chief: Gardner 'Leading Charge' to Take Senate

Friday, 31 Oct 2014 17:59 PM

If Republicans score a Senate majority in Tuesday's midterm elections, they may have their candidate in Colorado, Rep. C . . .

Poll: Gillespie Closes In on Warner in Va. Senate Race

Friday, 31 Oct 2014 17:42 PM

Virginia Republican Ed Gillespie is within striking distance of upsetting incumbent Democratic Sen. Mark Warner, accordi . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved