Some Texas Counties Are Making A Bold Move That Has The Mexican Gov’t Furious

As outspoken Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump continues to lead the charge for a swift and decisive response to America’s illegal immigration problem, some Texas officials are trying to take one aspect of that issue into their own hands.

Reports indicate several county registrars across the state have been refusing to accept identification cards issued by the Mexican Consulate, noting the inherent unreliability of such documentation.

According to the Texas Tribune, the Mexican government filed an amicus brief last week on behalf of several illegal immigrant families who claim their children were unfairly denied a birth certificate. The Texas Department of State Health Services was named in an associated lawsuit after reportedly telling states that were accepting the identification cards – known as matricula – to stop.

Two Texas civil rights groups filed the suit, which has since been revised to include additional families and a third activist organization. The children represented in the suit, lawyers claim, have had their constitutional rights violated.

Jennifer Harbury, a lawyer representing the Mexican families, asserted that state officials “have to take something” when presented with ostensibly valid identification. She went on to insist that children who “were born here … are U.S. citizens.”

One of Trump’s recurring campaign points includes conclusively determining if the Constitution’s 14th Amendment truly does guarantee any child – regardless of their parents’ status – born in the U.S. automatic citizenship.

The discussion has continued on social media, with several Twitter users citing examples that seem to prove the amendment does not apply in all cases.

Radio host Rush Limbaugh weighed in on the matter last week, quoting the 14th Amendment’s author, Sen. Jacob Howard, who wrote in 1866 that birthright citizenship “will not, of course, include persons born in the United States who are foreigners, aliens…”

Does the Constitution guarantee automatic birthright citizenship? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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He Killed Himself After Being ‘Exposed’ On Ashley Madison…This Revelation Will Make You Cry

In the wake of a data breach that resulted in the publication of thousands of the site’s members, Ashley Madison is now facing several lawsuits; and families across the nation are being forced to have some serious conversations. The dating site specializes in facilitating infidelity.

One of the most shocking apparent results of the email leak involved a veteran Texas police officer who killed himself shortly after his email address was linked to the site.

The information was published, according to the Daily Mail, on anti-authority website Cop Block. This led to his colleagues learning of the connection and, ultimately, to a fatal self-inflicted gunshot wound last week in the parking lot of his church.

Though his widow said San Antonio Police Captain Michael Gorhum was already dealing with work-related stress, police are looking into the potential effect so-called Internet shaming played in his death.

As for the man behind Cop Block, Adam Mueller – known online by the alias Ademo Freeman – stands by his decision to publish the information.

When the Daily Mail began searching through the list Mueller posted, however, its staff noticed several irregularities. In addition to apparently fictitious email accounts, the list did not seem to match the verified member list released earlier.

It is inconceivable, those close to Gorhum say, for the dedicated family man to have been active on the site.

His widow agreed, saying he “never had a paid account” on the site.

“He knew I would support him,” she said. “I do, and I continue to do so.”

In addition to his commitment to his wife, close friend Joe Calvey said Gorhum was too smart to use his work email for such a clandestine activity.

“As a professional who ran the San Antonio vice department, he knew where all those kinds of traps were with such a thing as Ashley Madison,” he insisted.

Many who knew him have suggested someone with a grievance toward Gorhum might have used his email to frame him.

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She Was Brutally Raped Multiple Times…Years Later, She Went To See Her Attacker For Shocking Reason

A Norwegian woman who attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, recounts the story of how she was raped nearly six years ago.

Monika Kørra barely spoke English when she was granted a full scholarship to run cross-country at SMU. In December 2009 in the middle of her sophomore year, Kørra was walking with her girlfriends to another friend’s car after a party near the SMU campus – but she never got to the car.

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“Before I knew it, I just had someone grabbing me from behind and I had a gun to my head,” Kørra said in an interview with WFAA.

“The attack started right away… stripped me from my clothing,” she added.

They raped me one at a time, two at a time, three at a time.

They pushed my head towards the floor of the van and told me over and over, ‘Do as we tell you … otherwise we will kill you.’

“At one point, one of them placed duct tape around my head, covered my eyes and opened the door, and pushed me out,” Kørra continued.

After 90 minutes, the assailants dropped Kørra off at a field in South Dallas. Kørra began to cry once she realized she survived the attack. She was naked, afraid, and alone. Ultimately, a man came to her rescue, followed by law enforcement.

“I don’t know how many police officers showed up. They had a helicopter above me,” Kørra said.

Kørra, who still had duct tape in her hair and was clearly distraught by the incident, made a promise to herself: “I made the decision that night that I would not let this define me,” she said.

The Norwegian’s stolen cell phone led to the arrest of Arturo Arevalo, Alfonso Zuniga and Luis Zuniga. Arevalo and Alfonso Zuniga were sentenced to life in prison, while Luis Zuniga was sentenced to 25 years. Amazingly, Kørra is finding it in her heart to forgive her attackers.

“For me, forgiveness is not by any means becoming friends with them… it’s not about that,” she said. “It’s all about finding peace by letting go of all this, and that’s about me.”

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Kørra, now 25, even met with Luis Zuniga and made him sign a contract to get help in exchange for her forgiveness.

“He signed his name and cried, and he told me how much he appreciated the opportunity to talk to me,” Kørra said.

I told him over and over: “Tell me what you did to me,” and he said the words: “I raped you.” It was hard for him to say, but important for him to realize that is what he did.

Kørra has penned a book entitled Kill the Silence, with the objective of helping women who have been through comparable experiences.

“I hope it can give people hope, and that I can show people it’s possible to move beyond this,” she said.

h/t: IJ Review

Are you inspired by Monika Kørra’s courage and perseverance? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Dems Demanded Apology From Texas Official Over ‘Muslim World’ Post – Here’s What They Got

When Texas Republican Sid Miller shared a controversial Facebook meme Sunday, it was answered by widespread calls by members of the Democrat Party to apologize and denounce the image’s message.

The post, which has since been deleted, was captured by several social media users who later uploaded it to their own accounts.

Miller, agriculture commissioner for the Lone Star State, did not personally share the image, said spokesperson Todd Smith–though he declined to offer any further details as to its origin. In any case, however, it is clear that Miller has run afoul of his state’s Democrat leadership.

Representing Texas Democrats, Manny Garcia released a scathing response to Miller’s post:

It is unacceptable for Republican Sid Miller to be promoting such disgusting rhetoric. Sadly, this kind of racist, xenophobic hate speech qualifies you for higher office with Republicans’ Tea Party fringe base. We hope Sid Miller shows some respect for Texans and the responsibility of holding state office and issues an apology.

Another source close to Miller concluded that the message was “inappropriate,” though he echoed Smith’s insistence that the GOP official did not post it himself.

Miller is reportedly in China and is not expected to return to his home state until Aug. 23. The Blaze indicates he was on the international trip when the controversial post was first published.

Beyond establishment Democrat disapproval, the post elicited a mixed reaction from social media users. Even among those who favor a strong response to Iran, many felt the meme posted to Miller’s page went too far.

Smith, however, described it as a “powerful post that caused people to stop and think about the current state of the world.”

Was this Republican’s reaction to Islamic terrorism inappropriate? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Watch: The Unbelievable Thing This Chick-fil-A Owner Did For His Employees Blew Them Away

Western Journalism has previously published stories of Chick-fil-A staff members going beyond their job assignments to brighten a customer’s day – or, in some cases, life.

Earlier this year, for example, a franchise owner responded to a needy man’s request for food in exchange for work by doing more than meeting his nutritional needs. Mark Meadows insisted the man take his gloves before leaving the restaurant and venturing back out into the cold.

The most recent example of this trend, however, was directed at a Texas franchise’s hourly workers instead of loyal customers. Austin Chick-fil-A owner Jeff Glover told local media that, when he decided to remodel the location earlier this year, he made his employees’ well-being a top priority.

“It would be a real financial crisis for the 50 families represented from the employees here to have to go five months without a job,” he said.

To address the issue, he not only continued paying his employees throughout the renovation–he increased everyone’s hourly wage by $1.

“He’s always taking care of us,” said one employee upon returning to work.

The across-the-board raise came on top of already elevated starting pay Glover extends to his new hires. All employees at his store make at least $11 per hour, with full-time employees bringing home an average annual salary greater than $40,000.

While Glover has been publicly heralded for his generosity, he has subsequently reacted to the sudden media interest by insisting that he is not this story’s hero.

This may seem like shameless self promotion, and to be sure IT IS, but part of the story wasn’t told in this report and…

Posted by Jeff Glover’s Chick-fil-A at Braker Lane on Thursday, August 13, 2015

h/t: Independent Journal Review

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