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Troops Deployment Could Hurt Texas Economy, Terry Thompson Sentenced To 25 Years, And Appeals Court Rules On Ending DACA

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Thursday, November 8, 2018

Soldiers headed to the southern U.S. border prepare to board an air transport plane in Ft. Knox, Ky.

Troops Deployment Could Hurt Texas Economy

The current deployment of U.S. troops to the southern border might cause the Texas economy to lose $1.7 billion in potential revenues and lose over 9,500 jobs, according to an analysis by The Perryman Group, an economic research firm based in Waco.

M. Ray Perryman, president and CEO of The Perryman Group, told News 88.7 he has looked at economic activity that would not happen because of the deployment and that would happen otherwise.

“We know this happens because troops have been deployed to the border three or four times in the last ten or fifteen years and we can look at what happens when they’re there versus what happens when they’re not there,” said Perryman, who speaks of “historical patterns.”

The analysis details that the $1.7 billion in “expenditures losses” would be “per year of deployment.” Perryman’s analysis also contends the deployment could cause over $859.1 million in annual gross product in Texas.

Terry Thompson.

Terry Thompson Sentenced To 25 Years In Prison

A Harris County jury sentenced Terry Thompson Wednesday to 25 years in prison for the strangulation death of John Hernandez as a result of a confrontation outside a Houston-area restaurant in May 2017.

The same jury that convicted Thompson of murder on Monday in the death of Hernandez sentenced him Wednesday.

Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg says she hopes Terry Thompson’s case deters people from resorting to violence to resolve their conflicts.

Pro DACA rally in Washington, D.C.

Appeals Court Rules Trump Can’t Immediately End DACA

A U.S. appeals court ruled Thursday that President Donald Trump cannot immediately end an Obama-era program shielding young immigrants from deportation.

A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals kept in place a preliminary injunction blocking Trump’s decision to phase out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

Lawsuits by California and others challenging the administration’s decision will continue in federal court while the injunction remains in place.

DACA has protected some 700,000 people who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children or came with families that overstayed visas.

The Trump administration has said it moved to end the program last year because Texas and other states threatened to sue, raising the prospect of a chaotic end to DACA.