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Though activity in the state Capitol has largely been frozen after Democrats left Texas for Washington, D.C., to stop an omnibus election integrity bill, that hasn’t stopped some lawmakers from continuing their work on conservative priorities.

On Tuesday, State Rep. Bryan Slaton (R–Royse City) hosted a “border security forum” to “discuss the ongoing crisis on our southern border and what counties are doing to combat the influx of illegal entry.”

Though Slaton made sure at the outset to remind attendees the event was not an “actual” committee hearing, the forum provided more deliberation to the issue than had been seen in the building in years. 

Slaton was joined by State Reps. Tony Tinderholt (R–Arlington), Phil Stephenson (R–Wharton), Jeff Cason (R–Bedford), and State Sen. Bob Hall (R–Edgewood) at the front of the room as they heard testimony from a swath of citizens who shared their experiences with the state’s porous border.

Maria Espinoza, the national director of the Remembrance Project, a nonprofit organization that brings awareness to victims of crimes committed by illegal aliens, described the crisis in no uncertain terms. 

“What is taking place right now is an invasion at our southern border,” she told attendees. “We are no longer a sanctuary city or sanctuary state. We are a sanctuary country.”

“The most egregious of all crimes due to illegal immigration is loss of life,” Espinoza added.

To that end, the forum heard the stories of several Texans personally affected by illegal alien-related crime. 

Marie Vega shared the story of the loss of her son Javier, a border patrol agent who was shot in front of his kids, wife, and parents by two illegal aliens with prior convictions.

Dan Golvach phoned in to talk about the death of his son Spencer, who was fatally shot in the head by

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