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Gov. Perry warns Texas running out of room (Katrina Refugees)
Associated Press ^ | Sept. 3, 2005, 7:04PM

Posted on 09/03/2005 8:49:17 PM PDT by SolidSupplySide

HOUSTON — With more than 220,000 hurricane refugees camped out in Texas and more coming, Gov. Rick Perry warned today that his enormous state was running out of room.

"Texas is committed to doing everything it can to help our neighbors from Louisiana, but we want to make certain that we can provide them with the medical care, food, shelter, safety, education and other services they need to start getting their lives back together," Perry said in a statement. "Local officials are beginning to notify us that they are quickly approaching capacity in the number of evacuees they believe they can assist."

About 18,500 survivors were housed in Houston's Astrodome and an adjacent meeting hall. More than 120,000 refugees were in 97 shelters in Houston, Dallas, San Antonio and dozens of smaller cities across the vast state, Perry's office said, with another 100,000 in hotels and motels. Uncounted more were in churches or private homes.

Buses continued to arrive at the Astrodome, where many were redirected to other evacuation centers after people were processed and evaluated for medical conditions.

"We have notified FEMA and Louisiana officials that we are nearing capacity," said Robert Black, a spokesman for Perry.

More than 50 military and commercial flights deposited more than 7,000 evacuees at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio. At Dallas' luxurious Wyndham Anatole hotel, a few guests looked forward to a quieter evening, compliments of Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare, after spending Friday night on the roof of New Orleans' Baptist Memorial Hospital ferrying patients to safety.

Hospital worker James Bell felt guilty.

"I could be down (at a shelter) and have a couple families here," he said.

Evacuees also were housed at Reunion Arena in Dallas. As a few people smoked cigarettes outside, a plane emerged overhead trailing a sign that read, "Shame on You George Bush."


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Louisiana; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: astrodome; katrina; refugees
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1 posted on 09/03/2005 8:49:18 PM PDT by SolidSupplySide
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To: SolidSupplySide
With more than 220,000 hurricane refugees camped out in Texas and more coming, Gov. Rick Perry warned today that his enormous state was running out of room.

We have plenty of room for illegal aliens coming across the border, but heaven forbid we provide shelter for actual citizens in their time of need.

Sigh.

2 posted on 09/03/2005 8:50:11 PM PDT by TBarnett34 (Hillary Clinton IS the Great Satan.)
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To: SolidSupplySide

Perry has been a rising star in the wake of Katrina...

What are his politics?

How conservative is he?

What is his background?

Has anyone vetted him for a run at the WH?


3 posted on 09/03/2005 8:51:49 PM PDT by antaresequity
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To: SolidSupplySide
I can see Rhode Island or Delaware running out of room...but Texas?
4 posted on 09/03/2005 8:53:24 PM PDT by RichInOC ("The coffee is strong at Cafe du Monde, the doughnuts are too hot to touch..." Save the Big Greasy!)
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To: SolidSupplySide

What is the state of Louisiana doing for it's own people? Are there not large areas of the state unaffected by the hurricane? Why are all the evacuees being shipped out of state?

I have my own notions as to why, but wonder if someone closer to the situation can enlighten.


5 posted on 09/03/2005 8:56:15 PM PDT by BizzeeMom
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To: SolidSupplySide

If we kick the RINOs out of the state we should be able to take a few hundred more of the Louisana hurricane victims in.


6 posted on 09/03/2005 8:56:43 PM PDT by Howie66 ("America will never seek a permission slip to defend the security of our people.")
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To: antaresequity

"Perry has been a rising star in the wake of Katrina...

What are his politics?

How conservative is he?

What is his background?

Has anyone vetted him for a run at the WH?

To your last question: Not only NO, but HELL NO!! We have enough RINOs up there in D.C.


7 posted on 09/03/2005 8:58:40 PM PDT by Howie66 ("America will never seek a permission slip to defend the security of our people.")
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To: SolidSupplySide

Most of them are probably going to stay, and our state will become a little bluer.


8 posted on 09/03/2005 8:59:37 PM PDT by Rastus
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To: SolidSupplySide
Perry has done a great job and the people of Texas have shown the world that Texans have a heart that lives up to the States reputation that everything is big in Texas.

Kudos to everyone in Texas for the way they have stepped up to the plate

9 posted on 09/03/2005 9:00:02 PM PDT by MJY1288 (Whenever a Liberal is Speaking on the Senate Floor, Al-Jazeera Breaks in and Covers it LIVE)
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To: TBarnett34

>> We have plenty of room for illegal aliens coming across the border, but heaven forbid we provide shelter for actual citizens in their time of need.<<

That isn't the issue. The problem is that a lot of these people here now in Texas, while they do need our immediate help and deserve it, are still conditioned to let (or insist that) the government take care of them. I think what Perry has quickly figured out, and what I warned about 3 days ago, was there has to be a plan to get these people out of the Astrodome and elsewhere, otherwise too many will camp out there indefinitely and force a drag-out.


10 posted on 09/03/2005 9:00:40 PM PDT by 1L
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To: BizzeeMom
What is the state of Louisiana doing for it's own people?

Shelters are in BR. Shreveport has opened the Hirsh Coliseum and LSU-S gym. I am sure there are others, but MSM isn't reporting it!! N.O. had 1.2 million people... who are now largely homeless.

11 posted on 09/03/2005 9:01:26 PM PDT by exhaustedmomma (Calling illegal alien an undocumented immigrant is like calling a burglar an uninvited house guest)
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To: SolidSupplySide

Texas has certainly done more than its share.


12 posted on 09/03/2005 9:02:09 PM PDT by Route66 (America's Main Street)
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To: BizzeeMom

Baton Rouge has something like 300,000 refugees.

This has to be a national effort. Every major city in this country needs to take in some of the people who need shelter.

This is just too big a disaster for a few states and cities to carry the load.


13 posted on 09/03/2005 9:03:31 PM PDT by MediaMole
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To: BizzeeMom

They're not all being shipped out. Shreveport is likewise bulging at the seems with refugees.


14 posted on 09/03/2005 9:05:03 PM PDT by Melas (The dumber the troll, the longer the thread)
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To: antaresequity

What are his politics?
Republican... though some call him a RINO.

How conservative is he?
Conservative, but unable to stop spending our ca$h. The few tax cuts he has proposed he's been unable to get pushed through because of our idiot state senators.

What is his background?
Hometown: Austin

Previous Occupation: Public Official

Previous Office: TX House, 1985-1990; TX Commissioner of Agriculture, 1991-1998; TX Lt. Governor, 1999-2000
Governor 2000-present

Education: Texas A&M

Birthplace: Paint Creek

Spouse: Anita

Religion: United Methodist

Has anyone vetted him for a run at the WH?
Nope... the religious right has decided he's not conservative enough. See religion.


15 posted on 09/03/2005 9:06:32 PM PDT by nhoward14
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To: SolidSupplySide

I'm sure Cindy will vacate camp Crawford so refugees can go there. What? She won't? Go figure...


16 posted on 09/03/2005 9:06:41 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (US socialist liberalism would be dead without the help of politicians who claim to be conservative.)
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To: SolidSupplySide

So where are the other neighboring states on this? Has any gotten a conscience to follow Texas' lead for the sake of the refugees? Anyone heard of massive relief efforts being offered by other states?


17 posted on 09/03/2005 9:06:47 PM PDT by GretchenM (Hooked on porn and hating it? Visit http://www.theophostic.com .)
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To: BizzeeMom

Also, people are trying to get that La. Gov. to open up Egland AFB in Alexandria for sheltering. (*And, I have been trying to do my part by getting a room for that N.O. Mayor a room in Pinevile.)


18 posted on 09/03/2005 9:07:03 PM PDT by exhaustedmomma (Calling illegal alien an undocumented immigrant is like calling a burglar an uninvited house guest)
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To: SolidSupplySide
Katrina has been on the map since Friday (a week ago) and this liberal looser is just now recognizing it?
19 posted on 09/03/2005 9:07:16 PM PDT by Doe Eyes
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To: TBarnett34
We have plenty of room for illegal aliens coming across the border, but heaven forbid we provide shelter for actual citizens in their time of need.

Are you kidding? Texas opened their arms and hearts to 220,000 people. They provided a roof over their heads, clean clothes and food, medical care, they've opened their schools to the children, they have taken on an immense challenge. Don't you think it's time some other state stepped up to the plate? Don't you think it's pretty embarrassing that LA had to send so many of it's people out of state because they simply had made no adequate provisions for an emergency that has been predicted for decades?

20 posted on 09/03/2005 9:08:49 PM PDT by McGavin999 (Global Dumbing far more serious threat than Global Warming)
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To: SolidSupplySide

The Wyndham Anatoli? Good God, that's well over $150 a night! My previous employer had a sales meeting there that I attended. That's a sweetheart deal! Where do I sign up for free luxury lodging??


21 posted on 09/03/2005 9:09:22 PM PDT by Antoninus II
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To: bjcintennessee

ping


22 posted on 09/03/2005 9:10:40 PM PDT by ImaTexan
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To: TBarnett34

We planned on around 150k. We will not overburden a facility, and have it burn to the ground killing everyone inside. The county commissioners and fire marshalls here are doing an outstanding job. If you want to slam Texas for being a lot more prepared than any other state in the union, you had best be ready for one heckuva response. This is hardly the time to infer that we Texans are causing an illegal immigration problem. Damn Yankee mentality.


23 posted on 09/03/2005 9:10:43 PM PDT by ARealMothersSonForever (Bless those in need this day)
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To: SolidSupplySide
"We have notified FEMA and Louisiana officials that we are nearing capacity,"Hope the Louisiana "officials" are listening this time.

Are they trying to coordinate with other states? Or just busy going on TV to put the blame on Pres Bush.

24 posted on 09/03/2005 9:10:58 PM PDT by Lijahsbubbe (To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world)
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To: 1L

A good number of the Louisianians that have come to Dallas seem to realize they need to find jobs and get going with life again, but there are also plenty who will try to make our safety net into a hammock.


25 posted on 09/03/2005 9:11:06 PM PDT by nhoward14
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To: nhoward14

Thanks...the reason I inquired was an interview he did on the boob tube today...

He carried himself well, seemed in control of his situation, and answered questions authoritatively and succinctly...

Gratis for the info...scratch him from the list...


26 posted on 09/03/2005 9:11:35 PM PDT by antaresequity
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To: Lijahsbubbe

Profound tagline...


27 posted on 09/03/2005 9:12:11 PM PDT by Antoninus II
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To: nhoward14

I'm afraid in the end, Katrina will move us much closer to socialism. I hope I'm wrong.


28 posted on 09/03/2005 9:14:13 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: RichInOC

"I can see Rhode Island or Delaware running out of room...but Texas?"

It's a different situation than what one might expect for disaster relief. Rather than a one-time donation to make the conscience feel good, the surrounding states are forced to make a serious sacrifice. The victims have poured into our cities with needs that are total, something that is not normal for charity cases. Satisfying these total needs is a matter of character and human duty for some; for others it is perceived as an unexpected and enormous inconvenience. You must understand that square land mass does not translate to available facilities in an already SERIOUSLY strained public system. Luckily, Americans have a unique appreciation for our fellows, so you can be rest assured that we will take people into our homes and feed and shower them if we have to.


29 posted on 09/03/2005 9:15:23 PM PDT by Flightdeck (Like the turtle, science makes progress only with its neck out.)
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To: dfwgator

Katrina shows the shortfalls of Socialism. All these NO refugees are the "victims" of the Socialist mentality. They expect everybody to provide for them. No self reliance.


30 posted on 09/03/2005 9:17:04 PM PDT by Antoninus II
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To: Antoninus II

Kinda neat, huh?

It keeps me going somedays, especially when you think of little ones.


31 posted on 09/03/2005 9:18:23 PM PDT by Lijahsbubbe (To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world)
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To: nhoward14
>Has anyone vetted him for a run at the WH?
Nope... the religious right has decided he's not conservative enough. See religion.

Perry's stated religion is United Methodist. Isn't the President also a Methodist?

32 posted on 09/03/2005 9:18:57 PM PDT by tellw
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To: SolidSupplySide

---Evacuees also were housed at Reunion Arena in Dallas. As a few people smoked cigarettes outside, a plane emerged overhead trailing a sign that read, "Shame on You George Bush."---


This stuff is beginning to really piss me off.


33 posted on 09/03/2005 9:19:30 PM PDT by claudiustg (Go Sharon! Go Bush!)
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To: Lijahsbubbe

It applies directly to my little ones. Daughter aged 6, son aged 3...


34 posted on 09/03/2005 9:19:41 PM PDT by Antoninus II
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To: SolidSupplySide
With more than 220,000 hurricane refugees camped out in Texas and more coming, Gov. Rick Perry warned today that his enormous state was running out of room.

About 18,500 survivors were housed in Houston's Astrodome and an adjacent meeting hall. More than 120,000 refugees were in 97 shelters in Houston, Dallas, San Antonio and dozens of smaller cities across the vast state, Perry's office said, with another 100,000 in hotels and motels. Uncounted more were in churches or private homes.


These are talking points. I've seen that "enormous state" business in two separate news stories in the last few minutes. It's also undisguised bias, trying to get across the point, "The state is huge, but this Republican is wanting to turn people away!" Despicable media. Well, they're always despicable, but it really shines through in moments such as these. Journalist: "They only show blacks looting!" Who only shows it? YOU? Got to sell that "racist America" line.
35 posted on 09/03/2005 9:19:45 PM PDT by Rastus
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To: exhaustedmomma

thank you! you are right, the MSM is not reporting this, or maybe I'm just not finding it.

Texas should not have to take ALL the evacuees! When this first started they said they were taking the 25, 000 from the Superdome. Soon it was 75,000. Now 220, 000. Where are all these people coming from?

What about Louisiana's neighbor to the north, Arkansas? I'm in Missouri, how many are we taking? I'm not hearing about it...


36 posted on 09/03/2005 9:20:54 PM PDT by BizzeeMom
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To: tellw

Yes... the President is United Methodist.

The Southern Baptists who think they control the definition of "conservative" in this state generally consider UMs to be liberals.


37 posted on 09/03/2005 9:21:14 PM PDT by nhoward14
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To: SolidSupplySide
Maybe he could let a few thousand of them live in his hair......

Or, better yet, send all these people out to the middle of nowhere and give them a job building Perry's Trans-Texas Toy Road.....

38 posted on 09/03/2005 9:21:36 PM PDT by isthisnickcool (If fire fighters fight fire and crime fighters fight crime what do freedom fighters fight?)
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To: antaresequity

I would not recommend Rick Perry for federal dog-catcher.


39 posted on 09/03/2005 9:22:50 PM PDT by ARealMothersSonForever (Bless those in need this day)
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To: MediaMole

Agreed! It should be nationwide. These folks are not going to be able to return to NO for a long time, and many, by that time, may elect not to.


40 posted on 09/03/2005 9:23:22 PM PDT by BizzeeMom
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To: exhaustedmomma

(*And, I have been trying to do my part by getting a room for that N.O. Mayor a room in Pinevile.)

***

what is Pineville?


41 posted on 09/03/2005 9:24:35 PM PDT by BizzeeMom
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To: BizzeeMom

Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio have all added a new suburb overnight. These new suburbs have no land, money, infrastructure, or government. When you account for all the small towns around Texas that have shelters, many of the Texas towns have immediately matched their growth plans for the next decade.


42 posted on 09/03/2005 9:25:15 PM PDT by nhoward14
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To: Antoninus II
Daughter aged 6, son aged 3...

So sweet. It's hard to think of the little ones going thru this terrible disaster.

I've donated money and hugged my grandchildren tighter.

43 posted on 09/03/2005 9:25:17 PM PDT by Lijahsbubbe (To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world)
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To: BizzeeMom

I work at the charity hospital here in Baton Rouge; we have been defined as a decrepit, falling-down, outdated, campus that should have been torn down. Well I'm sure that there are many patients that we are caring for that are grateful that we haven't been "put down". "All" the evacuees are not being shipped out the state. Baton Rouge had a pop of 225-250K; by this weekend we expect to be around 600K +/- and are taking care of the sickest of the sick as we are the closest. Your "refugees" will soon begin to filter back and will be in Beaumont, Lake Charles, Crowley, Lafayette, and finally Baton Rouge as a holding area. Thanks for your help and don't worry I can assure you we have a lot more that you. I don't know what your "notions as to why" are, but if you had a notion to come give a hand here I'd thank you personally!


44 posted on 09/03/2005 9:25:28 PM PDT by Atchafalaya (When you're there, that's the best!!)
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To: Flightdeck

Bump.
You rock.


45 posted on 09/03/2005 9:26:41 PM PDT by ARealMothersSonForever (Bless those in need this day)
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To: SolidSupplySide

I'm still waiting for the big liberal cities to take in their 'fair share'


46 posted on 09/03/2005 9:27:33 PM PDT by GeronL (Leftism is the Cult of the Artificial)
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To: SolidSupplySide

"Evacuees also were housed at Reunion Arena in Dallas. As a few people smoked cigarettes outside, a plane emerged overhead trailing a sign that read, "Shame on You George Bush."

What? Is Cindy now flying around in a plane?


47 posted on 09/03/2005 9:27:39 PM PDT by The South Texan (The Democrat Party and the leftist (ABCCBSNBCCNN NYLATIMES)media are a criminal enterprise!)
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To: antaresequity

Perry is a do-nothing, go-along-to-get-along, moderate, big government Republican


48 posted on 09/03/2005 9:28:38 PM PDT by GeronL (Leftism is the Cult of the Artificial)
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To: Route66

Where is Ted Kennedy? Have not heard of any offers to help out from him.


49 posted on 09/03/2005 9:29:35 PM PDT by BlueAngel
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To: BizzeeMom

They aren't all being moved out of state, the population of Baton Rouge has more than doubled


50 posted on 09/03/2005 9:29:45 PM PDT by GeronL (Leftism is the Cult of the Artificial)
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