[Every week, I always see lots of headlines & news stories that I don't have the time or interest to analyze & give full treatment to, but I know that my readers like to inform themselves about various timely goings-on in the world. Roundup Texas is a bulletin that treats on news in Texas, but I make no claim of total accuracy or truthfulness with stories listed here, nor do I uphold the viewpoint(s) of any or all cited sources. Read on & caveat emptor…]

Texan finds 45 rattlesnakes hiding under his home. As the weather warms across the state, be careful about where and how you access holes, small openings, doors, and so forth.

Austin

Texas Democrats plan multimillion dollar campaign to beat John Cornyn. Former Rep. Robert "Beto" O'Rourke may have gone on to bigger things with his 2020 presidential bid, but the party will try to convert some of his leftover political energy into a win for the 2020 U.S. Senate race in Texas.

After pleas from Govervor Abbot, Texas House of Representatives passes sweeping reform bill.

Texas Senate passes bill allowing for refusal of services based on religious beliefs.

Texas drops hemp from dangerous drugs list.

Dallas & Fort Worth

"If we kept flying, we'd lose them all" | United flight to Houston diverted after cockpit screens go out. An United Airlines flight from Knoxville, Tennessee to Houston, Texas had avionics troubles and diverted to Dallas instead; it appears no one was injured or missing.

Teen crashes parent's car in Haltom City police chase. The police also released the dash cam footage of his joyride and its destructive ending.

North Texas pastors bound, beat a child with an extension cord. Police in Mesquite arrested three suspects in a case of child assault.

One person died in a fiery, wrong-way car crash on I-45 in Wilmer.

280 Arrested during a surprise ICE operation at Allen tech company. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents raided an electronics-repair company in the DFW metro area and arrested many employees suspected of being illegal immigrants. Apparently, it was the largest raid this decade, and the suspects were taken away with several buses. Tho they may be here unlawfully, it seems that there are many others who want to see them after the fact: What's next for the 280 arrested during ICE operation in Allen?

El Paso

Masked Protestors 'Occupy' Border Patrol Museum in El Paso, Deface Fallen Agent Memorial.

Houston

Another public-relations debacle for Houston's 'Drag-Queen Story Time'. Yes, you read that correctly, yes it's even worse than you might expect, and no, there is no sign of a long-term change in procedure or policy from Houston Public Library to address child sex offenders who dress up and publicly read to children in the library. I simply don't understand it at all.

Two workers killed when industrial equipment falls on them in east Harris County.

In Anahuac, American Legion Post #104 calls for new veterans to join and maintain the local post.

One motorist died in northern Harris County in a four vehicle auto accident, and a second crash near Conroe killed at least one more. One more person died in a four-car wreck on US 59 in Montgomery County near Splendora.

Texas representatives write letter supporting Houston to Dallas high-speed rail project.

Crosby chemical plant ordered to stop all operations until an inspection is done. There have been two chemical plant fires in the Houston area inside the last 10 days, so I think this is a wise and appropriate move.

Houston mother charged after allegedly beating sons.

While in Houston on Friday, 5 April Vice President Pence calls for Congress to 'close loopholes' at southern border.

Southern Border

When the overflow holding area for foreigners seeking asylum in your country is the fenced-in employee parking lot under a highway, that is probably a good sign that your border is over capacity overrun (from Nick Miroff, Washington Post reporter):

Apprehended immigrants awaiting processing in makeshift pen (from Nick Miroff, Washington Post)

According to GRITPOST, sometime around 23 March in El Paso, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) agents converted an enclosed parking lot for employees into a makeshift holding pen for illegal immigrants during their processing because the standard detention center was full – and then later moved the immigrants to tents in a different, uncovered parking lot. Even Snopes verify the claim.

The CBP Commissioner visits the El Paso border, says immigration system at 'breaking point'

CBP posted a graph claiming that March 2019 will have the highest number of illegal crossings between ports of entry in more than a decade.

The Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen says that the Trump administration is treating the immigration crisis like a 'Cat 5' hurricane.

Defense Secretary OK's $1 Billion for Border Fencing Help. The Acting Defense Secretary has appointed monies to US Army Corps of Engineers to continue to build border walls, specifically in Arizona and in El Paso.

As you could expect, loudmouth U.S. Representative Ocasio-Cortez (Marxist-NY), tried to get out in front of this news and claim the moral high ground by tweeting Mr. Miroff's above photo with an outraged message 'This is America" and repeating her call to defund ICE, the US Immigration and Customs Enforcment. Of course, this is no surprise, as Representative Ocasio-Cortez has repeatedly campaigned for ICE to be defunct and called illegal aliens "my constituents" in House hearings (see 1:35 in the video):

'We've never seen anything like this': As Trump threatens to close the border, migrants overwhelm Texas cities.

Trump gives Mexico a 'one-year warning' to stop drugs, migrants or he will tax cars and close border.

Trump backs off of border closing threat and gives México a 'one-year' ultimatum.

However, can you expect much will change for illegal employment with news like this from the Department of Homeland Security? Trump's DHS releases more than 17k illegal aliens into U.S. in 12 days.

In South Texas, more than 70 miles north of the Mexican border Encino resident threatened by cartel members. The woman who gives the report would not identify herself for fear of reprisal, so it would need some additional work to find evidence of this claim.

Sinaloa Cartel money launderer arrested in South Texas.

In Louisiana, illegal immigrant arrested, accused of more than 100 child sex crimes.

Thousands of migrant children allege sexual assault while in government custody. Jumping to conclusions with this misleading headline, you might believe that uniformed federal agents were harrassing Central American children in pens, but that is not the case: most of the allegations come from children against other foreign children, and the rest seem to be government contractors who operate the shelters for the children. Still, this situation is completely evil if it is more than just allegations, and I can believe that predatory types would be drawn to jobs like these. The amount of human suffering associated with people desperate to enter this country is huge. However, why would we be selectively outraged when foreign children are molested or worse while in detention, when we allow convicted child-sex offenders to read to American children in public libraries as I wrote above? This type of off-again, on-again concern that uses a double-standard is baffling, unallowable, and cowardly – it does not align with the values which see the good reason to convict a child-sex offender in the first place and declare that individual a persona non grata if that person is later allowed to approach children again and again without any warning to parents or caretakers. If we do this, we live as dishonest, nearsighted, self-conceited fools. May God save us from ruin.


(EDIT: 7 April, 09:25)

The state Attorney Generals from Texas, Indiana, and Louisiana upheld President Trump's declaration of a national emergency as lawful in a column at USA Today. Here is a quote from their opinion piece:

President Donald Trump’s emergency declaration is a proper use of executive power to protect our country’s borders and keep Americans safe. Unfortunately, the crisis at the southern border is one that only the federal government may truly solve. With no solutions coming from Congress, the president is faithfully executing the duties of his office by invoking a law Congress already passed: the National Emergencies Act (NEA).

In declaring a state of emergency pursuant to the NEA, President Trump is using pre-existing statutory authority to address a legitimate crisis created by lawless conduct at and beyond our southern border. This emergency declaration is not a case of the president relieving himself of restrictions under the law. To the contrary, our president is protecting our country’s borders through means contemplated by Congress and used many times by past presidents for matters less directly threatening than those present on the southern border.

Also, Democrat presidential nominee Robert 'Beto' O'Rourke decided to compare President Trump to Nazis on Saturday, but also said that if he were his party's presidential nominee he would jettison "pettiness and meanness and personal attacks" while campaigning. That doesn't compute for me, but badly for him he lied and misrepresented what the President has said and done on those issues to try to make the connection to the Third Reich – I recommend this article to for a better, more truthful analysis. Does it ever occur to you to believe that these campaigning politicos lie just to get attention? I think so too.