Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords’ “Hero” Intern Honored In Houston
April 18, 2011

Congressional intern Daniel Hernandez was honored in Houston Sunday for his role in saving the life of Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords after she was shot in the head during a political event in January.

Hernandez was honored at a champagne brunch hosted by the Victory Fund, a group dedicated to raising money and training members of the Gay, Lesbian and Transgender community to run for political office.

Hernandez, who is openly gay, is credited with applying pressure to Giffords’ wound to help stop the blood loss and staying by her side until she was rushed to the emergency room.

Giffords is recovering in a Houston hospital, TIRR Memorial Hermann, and has talked with Hernandez by phone several times. 

Houston Mayor Annise Parker,  Rhode Island Congressman David Cicilline and New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, some of the country’s most prominent  openly gay elected officials, were also recognized during the brunch.

Meanwhile, the champagne brunch attracted a huge crowd of people from all segments of  Houston’s diverse community. 


Others in the crowd included:  Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, Sheriff Adrian Garcia, Houston City Council member Brenda Stardig, HISD Trustee Juliet Stipeche, Cindy Clifford of The Clifford Group, Lea Gibson from Republic Services, Shell Oil Company’s Karen Labat, Roland and Karen Garcia, Frances Page of Style Magazine, Brooks Ballard, Trevor Eade,  Alton LaDay, LaRence Snowden,, Emily Suchomel and many, many more.

White slams Perry on border security
October 8, 2010

I’m working on another story today, but Channel 2 covered a news conference with former Houston Mayor Bill White and Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia.
I’ve posted details from the campaign below the photo.

Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia highlights success of Secure Communities, pioneered under White

HOUSTON — Bill White today, standing with Sheriff Adrian Garcia, slammed Rick Perry for breaking years of campaign promises to secure the border.

“Our problem in this state is not local law enforcement but Rick Perry’s ten years of failure to secure the border. Perry ought to quit playing politics with law enforcement, do his job and secure the border. Instead, to earn a headline, he creates a myth then fabricates a solution,” said Bill White.

“Instead of helping law enforcement, Rick Perry is attacking police, sheriffs and cities across this state. No city in this state is a sanctuary for criminal activity. Like a typical career politician, Rick Perry’s trying to grab power, centralize it in Austin and dictate to local law enforcement whether they should be responding to 911 calls and conducting criminal investigations,” White continued.

“Meanwhile, Rick Perry’s DPS has looser policies than the City of Houston. He should answer to Texans today for how many people his DPS has arrested and turned over to ICE as deportable felons,” said White. “You measure what’s important to you.”

“Perry needs to quit playing politics with public safety, do his job and secure the border. Local law enforcement needs support,” said Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia.

“Here in Houston, working with Bill White, we pioneered Secure Communities. About 60 percent of our jail population in Harris County comes from the work of the fine men and women of the Houston Police Department, and since the program started, we’ve identified more than 20,000 immigrants in the county jail system who are eligible for deportation,” said Garcia.

Sheriffs protecting 98 percent of Texans in border communities have endorsed Bill White.

Yesterday White received the endorsements of the Deputy Sheriff’s Association of Bexar County and the Fort Worth Police Officers Association.

As Houston’s mayor, Bill White helped cut crime rates to the lowest levels in decades. White increased the Houston Police Department’s budget $192 million, or 41 percent, and added 27 new police cadet classes with over 1,415 new police officers.

Harris County Deputies Organization Endorses Gov. Perry
September 20, 2010

The Harris County Deputies’ Organization, which represents nearly  two thousand law enforcement officers,  has endorsed Governor Rick Perry for re-election.

Governor Perry stood with members of the group during  a news conference at a downtown Houston hotel on Monday and called the endorsement, “significant and a big deal.”

 “The sacrifice and service the men and women of law enforcement provide our communities ensure Texas remains a great place to live and raise a family,” said Governor Perry.

“Bill White oversaw a sanctuary city and cooperated little with law enforcement.  We can’t allow this to happen to our state,” said  Bob Goerlitz, president of the organization.

Later  in the afternoon, during a news media availability, the former Houston Mayor  called the sanctuary city claim baseless.  “We didn’t make Houston a sanctuary city. We went after non citizens who committed crime. We arrested a lot of those folks,” said White.

White also noted that he has been endorsed by numerous law enforcement groups and sheriffs across the state, including Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia.

Immigration Enforcement Plan 287(g) Gets Thumbs Up From Sheriff Garcia
October 26, 2009

2 On The Beat has learned tonight that Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia will urge  county leaders  to continue the controversial 287(g) immigration enforcement program inside the county jails.

On Tuesday morning, for the first time since winning the election, Sheriff Garcia will speak  publicly to County Judge Ed Emmett and members of the commissioners court about 287(g).

You can also expect to hear a fiery debate. I’ve learned that several members of  the public have also signed up to speak.

Sources tell me that the Sheriff will say that he believes the program is working.  

You may recall that last year several county employees completed the 287(g) ICE enforcement training.

Under the program, the trained   sheriffs deputies  ask questions and run fingerprints of  any inmates suspected of  being in the country illegally. 

 If a probable cause is established, the county will contact immigration officials, and eventually a federal judge will decide if the inmate should be deported.

The Sheriff’s recommendation is likely to come under greater scrutiny after Houston Mayor Bill White announced last week that Houston would no longer consider participating in the 287(g) program.

Several conservative members of  the Houston City Council have called a special meeting for this Wednesday to force a vote on the issue.

Meanwhile, activists in the Latino community say that 287(g) is equivalent to racial profiling, makes people afraid to report crimes to police and divides families, when a loved one is deported.

I’ll keep you posted on what happens at commissioners court.