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DOJ threatens to sue Texas over new immigration law

The Department of Justice is threatening to sue Texas over the state’s new border law. Governor Greg Abbott signed Senate Bill 4 in December 2023. It will take effect in March 2024 and allow state and local law enforcement to arrest, jail, and prosecute people suspected of entering the U.S. illegally. “The goal of SB4 is to stop the title wave of illegal entry into Texas,” Abbott told reporters during a signing ceremony last month. The Justice Department calls the law unconstitutional. In a letter sent to Abbott last week, the DOJ said it would sue Texas unless federal authorities were notified by January 3 that the law would not be enforced. In response, the Governor’s spokesperson, Renae Eze, said in a statement to NBC 5: “Texas is prepared to take this fight all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court to protect Texans and Americans from President Biden’s open border policies. President Biden’s deliberate and dangerous inaction at our southern border has left Texas to fend for itself. Governor Abbott signed Senate Bill 4 into law last week to help stop the tidal wave of illegal entry into Texas as the President refuses to enforce federal immigration laws.” Immigration law…



Aliens? Nope, just this Texas family’s Christmas light show

It’s a bird … it’s a plane … it’s aliens! Actually, it’s a home in Georgetown, Texas. Made with more than 13,000 lights, the Central Texas home is causing chaos with its Christmas light show display. The man behind the show, Chris Hartgraves, has been expanding the display for the past three years. “Everybody knows I save up my vacation time, and they know my vacation once a year is to actually just set up the lights,” Hartgraves said. The home has giant light beams shining into the sky, which are the main culprits of the chaos. “People thought it was Elon Musk and his Starlink,” Hartgraves said. “Some people said it was aliens coming down to land.” The police even showed up at Hartgraves’ doorstep this holiday season. He said they had to verify he wasn’t intentionally pointing the lights at airplanes. Hartgraves said he built most of his decorations himself and taught himself how to program the light show using computer software which allows him to see the light show on a computerized replica of his home. “Every week, it’s a different show,” Hartgraves’ neighbor Kay Hood said. “On the Facebook page people are wondering what are these…


After losing Houston mayor’s race, US Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee to seek reelection to Congress

Two days after losing her bid to be Houston’s next mayor, longtime U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee announced on Monday she will seek a 16th term in Congress in 2024. Jackson Lee first took office in 1995. Her district includes downtown Houston and some of the city’s historically Black neighborhoods, including Third and Fifth Wards. “I am enthusiastic about the prospect of continuing our shared journey to uplift the 18th Congressional District,” Jackson Lee, a Democrat, said in a statement. “Your support has been invaluable, and I eagerly welcome it as I strive to further serve and represent our community with my ability to get the job done.” Jackson Lee’s announcement comes after she was handily defeated by state Sen. John Whitmire in a mayoral runoff election on Saturday. She had sought to be Houston’s first Black female mayor. Jackson Lee was heavily outspent by Whitmire in the campaign and also had to deal with fallout from the release in October of an unverified audio recording that purportedly captured her profanely berating staff. In her reelection bid to Congress, Jackson Lee will be facing at least one challenger in the Democratic primary: former Houston City Council Member Amanda Edwards, who once was an intern…



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