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Tarrant County Spits in Governor Abbott’s Face by Voting for More Refugees

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Robert Montoya of Texas Scorecard reported on the Tarrant County commissioners court’s decision to approve refugee resettlement.

On a unanimous vote, the Tarrant County commissioners approved the acceptance of refugees in complete defiance of Governor Greg Abbott’s decision to no longer resettle refugees in Texas.

Back in September 2019, President Donald Trump issued Executive Order 13888, which gave state and local government the power to opt out of refugee resettlement programs within their jurisdiction “to the maximum extent consistent with law.”

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A few months letter, Abbott sent a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, citing the opt-out clause.

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“Texas has carried more than its share in assisting the refugee resettlement process and appreciates that other states are available to help with these efforts,” Abbott stated.

Tarrant County commissioners countered Abbott’s decision on January 14, 2020.

“I think that we as a state are big enough, our hearts are big enough, to accept refugees,” Precinct 1 Commissioner Roy Charles Brooks said Tuesday as he called for a vote on the county to allow refugees. Brooks was also concerned that Abbott’s decision may lead to the end of federal funding for refugees who were previously resettled in Tarrant County.

“We need those federal dollars,” he stated.

Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley was worried about what could happen if commissioners didn’t act quickly and if Abbott had a change of heart or the courts overrule him. “If we don’t do something at this point in time, it particularly could exclude Tarrant County from being eligible to receive refugees,” Whitley said.

He mentioned that refugees are not in the same category as illegal immigrants. Precinct 2 Commissioner Devan Allen was in agreement with Whitley and seconded Brooks’ motion to vote on resettlement. “We’re listed in the state as high up there with counties that have many refugees settled here,” she during last Tuesday’s meeting. “Refugees are legal immigrants.”

The vote was approved unanimously.

The day after the Tarrant County commissioners court’s vote, U.S. District Judge Pete Messitte of Maryland issued a nationwide injunction against President Trump’s executive order. Now, the fate of Trump’s refugee resettlement executive order will be decided in the courts.

Governor Abbott stands out among weak-kneed Republican governors who have been drinking the mass migration Kool-Aid.

Too bad, the D.C. kritarchy is throwing a wrench in Abbott’s plans keep Texas from turning into a mass migration cesspool.

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Minnesota Had Record Numbers of Concealed Carry Licenses Issued in 2020

Red or blue, Americans nationwide are getting strapped.

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Gun sales have boomed all across America. And it’s not just the Red states. Blue states like Minnesota have also witnessed an increase in the number of concealed carry permits issued. 

According to Valley News Live, over 96,000 permits were issued in 2020, which represented the highest number of permits issued since carry permits became legal in 2003. Furthermore, 2020’s numbers represented a twofold increase from 2019 in the number of permits issued. 

Tom Knighton of Bearing Arms noted that roughly “400,000 permits have been issued in total in a state of just over 5.6 million people.”

The Valley News Live piece actually conceded that the increase in permits issued was largely the result of a “ rise in violent crime in the Twin Cities and the civil unrest that followed the death of George Floyd.”

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Minneapolis was the epicenter of social unrest after the death of George Floyd in late May 2020. With calls to defund the police and irresponsible political leadership that refused to decisively crack down on crime, Minnesotans began to take matters into their own hands.

Gun owners are ultimately the most effective first responders in times of crisis and overall breakdowns of social order. Minnesota’s gun laws are actually quite strict, which has earned it dismal rankings in Guns & Ammo magazine’s rankings for Best States for Gun Owners (39th place) and Best States for Concealed Carry (37th place). Regardless of the sub-optimal gun policies, Minnesotans still instinctively understand the importance of the right to carry.

2020 was a big year for gun sales and showed that the right to bear arms still has a massive constituency of people that can be targeted and activated for future occasions. Serious Republican campaigns should recognize this trend and make targeting gun owners a major priority throughout their get out the vote programs.

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