Dear Members,I’d like to thank each and everyone of you, new and old members alike, for your support of South Texans’ Property Rights Association (STPRA). We strive everyday to make a difference on issues that affect South Texas landowners. Whether it’s safety and property damage from the current border situation, or taxation concerns with property taxes, we are here to help. So again, thank you for your confidence and financial contributions. I had the pleasure of testifying before the State Senate Ag, Water, and Rural Affairs Committee last month, to inform the committee of how landowners and rural communities are affected by illegal immigration. The purpose was to gauge how the rural communities are impacted. I testified that the Emergency Management Services and fire departments are financially affected by their need to care for injured or distressed aliens. In addition, local law enforcement is busy every day, and on the lookout for stolen vehicles and in pursuit of a multitude of smuggling operations, taking time from the local duties. And of course, that landowners get met with daily property damage incursions of varying degrees. I would like to thank Stephanie and Presnall Cage for hosting a landowner/law enforcement meeting and dinner at their home, for guests from the State of Kansas: U.S. Senator Roger “Doc” Marshall, and five of his county sheriffs. I would also like to thank the Brooks County Sheriff, Benny Martinez, for taking the Senator and the five sheriffs out that evening in separate patrol cars, where they were able to find three separate smuggling operations. One of which Senator Marshall medically ministered to an injured woman. See video here. I had the opportunity to speak at a law enforcement roundtable with U.S. Congressman Michael Cloud last week. County Sheriffs, the Coast Guard, Park Rangers, and Border Patrol shared their recent experiences and offered suggested solutions. We appreciate the concern and input from all of the Congressmen who have been to South Texas this year. Join me and STPRA as we continue to pray for the Uvalde community and their enormous loss.
Until next month,