Leading Off (7/2/14)

See you in 2018, USMNT. (Plus some other stuff.)

Fertilizer Storage Bill Gets GOP Pushback: It can’t officially see the light until the Texas Lege reconvenes in January, but the first draft of a bill which would add additional storage regulations is apparently “a power grab.” I’d be happy to personally send as many copies of Zac’s West story to Austin as need be.

Plano Man Pleads Guilty in Gas Line Bombing: Anson Chi took a surprise plea deal, admitting that he used a homemade bomb in an attempt to blow up a Plano gas line. Chi faces 30 years in jail, and will continue to represent himself. I’m sure that will go well.

Dallas Prepares for Wave of Migrant Children: Here’s the thing that I want to highlight: “The children will not be enrolled in public schools, but will be fed, educated and offered medical care at the shelters.” Hmm. Okay. I understand that there’s a need to walk a fine political line, but to purposefully restrict them from schools—when their case may not come to court for months, or even years—seems short-sighted. Yes, this is labeled as a temporary solution, but to not prepare for a more permanent solution is, again, short-sighted.

Obligatory U.S. Men’s National Team Link: Omar Gonzalez is from Dallas, and he was one of the strongest parts of the American squad’s game yesterday. Thousands attended a viewing party at AT&T Stadium, which, even as a soccer fan, I did not expect. Well done, Dallas, see you in 2018. Semis or bust.



  • Brett Moore

    Ugh. The comments section of the illegal immigrant story.

    • BradfordPearson

      I didn’t even scroll to the end, for that exact reason.

  • Ted

    But wait, there’s no crisis here. You two are only showing the value these children are providing us, namely the opportunity to use them to smack around the commenters on the source piece without getting our hands dirty. Why not go a step further and have one or more of them post regular dispatches from their holding facilities? After all, the federal government will be covering their costs and everybody else will be getting a piece of that action. Why be left out?

    I just love it when the cream of Dallas’ commentariat develops that delicate lactic acid tang of risk-free sanctimony.

  • billholston

    Bradford, I think this may be a factor of whether the children will be released from the custody of Office of Refugee Resettlement. I suspect any children released to a parent locally will be enrolled in school. One thing that’s not at all clear yet is whether these children will be in court here whether or not their parents are here.

    • BradfordPearson

      Thanks for the clarification, Bill. Appreciate it.

  • billholston

    For those interested we created a FAQ about the issue of these Unaccompanied Children.
    There are still alot of unknowns about the children who will be housed at this new facility.