In assuming the Caucus Chair post, Parker stated, “I cannot explain how blessed and humbled I feel to have been chosen by my colleagues to lead our Republican Caucus into this critical legislative session. The citizens of Texas have put their continued faith in our state’s Republican leadership, and the caucus will undertake the important work necessary to deliver the results that Texans expect.”
That day our confidence in our safety and security was rocked to its foundation. But more importantly, our firm belief that things of this magnitude don’t happen to such a wonderful nation was shaken to its core. In the days that followed, America responded the only way that it could, with resolve for bravely demonstrating that those who would challenge our will cannot terrorize us into changing who we are and what we value.
“We have known intelligence that Al Qaeda, ISIS [Islamic State of Iraq and Syria] and other groups that seek to do Americans great harm are south of our border today,” Parker said. “My fear is that, God forbid, significant terrorist activity would occur in this country, and when we trace back where they came from, they would have come through the Rio Grande, across our porous southern border. We know that the individuals coming across are not just from Mexico. We are seeing folks coming from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen and other countries where terrorism is alive and well.”