Recent reports coming from U.S. detention facilities at the border allege that immigrants currently waiting for their requests to be processed are being severely mistreated.
Not only are there a lack of resources to handle this situation, but there are also reports of mistreatment which include denying both children and adults basic essentials such as soap and toothpaste, showers, and that they are being forced to drink out of toilets.
Additionally, there are reports of unprofessional behavior by border patrol officers at these facilities which include psychological mistreatment such as waking detainees at random hours for no purpose.
Libertarians in McLennan County are outraged at these reports of such inhumane and loathsome treatment and we are pleased to hear that some Congressional representatives are looking into this.
When our government detains someone for any reason, that person should be treated humanely. This is equally true for citizens and non-citizens. Our country is a global leader. We must set the bar for human rights and fair treatment of all people.
The Libertarian Party of McLennan County is pleased to announce that the McLennan County Elections department has added links for the Libertarian Party’s county, state, and national websites to their web page alongside the Republican and Democratic Party’s links.
Previously, the Libertarian Party was not represented on the website. After reaching out to the Elections department concerning this issue, the matter was quickly resolved.
“A big thank you goes out to McLennan County for taking this step in treating our county’s political parties equitably. The Elections department’s response was swift and friendly,” states Stephen Carter, who serves as Secretary for the Libertarian Party of McLennan County.
The website in question can be found here: http://www.co.mclennan.tx.us/344/Election-Links
Senator Brian Birdwell, who represents McLennan County in the Texas Senate, spent nearly 25 minutes this session handwringing over marijuana legalization and accusing veterans of using their scars to essentially manipulate legislators on the issue of medical marijuana.
His comments came during floor debate over HB 3703, which would expand the number of patients who qualify for access to the Texas Compassionate Use Program, through which patients can purchase CBD oil from a state dispensary.
The bill ultimately left veterans behind, but passed through the Senate and will soon await Gov. Greg Abbott’s signature.
Video of Senator Birdwell’s statements can be viewed here.
Republican Representative Mayes Middleton from Wallisville, Tx – House District 23
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Stephen Carter, Secretary for the Libertarian Party of McLennan County
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Republican Representatives Charles “Doc” Anderson (left) and Kyle Kacal (right) of districts 56 and 12 respectively. Photo credit Texas Tribune.
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