Texas Mayor Bravely Speaks Out Against Sanctuary Cities

Beth Van Duyne, mayor of Irving, Texas, joined The Glenn Beck Program on Monday to share her thoughts on the Dallas County Commission coming out in support of sanctuary cities. Irving has the most diverse zip code in the United States.

"The notion that our local police agencies should stop all, quote, nonessential communications and cooperations with immigrations and customs enforcement . . . there was no purpose of that resolution, honestly. And for the county to direct our local law enforcement to do anything without even discussing it with the cities, I thought was ridiculous," Mayor Van Dyne said.

Furthermore, the mayor believes the Dallas County Commission is putting citizens at risk for political gain.

"She is a remarkable mayor, and one of the bravest people I know. I mean, she has not backed down on anything." Glenn said.

Listen to this segment from The Glenn Beck Program:

GLENN: We have Mayor Van Duyne on the phone. She is the Irving mayor.

Beth, are you there? Ms. Mayor.

BETH: I am. How are you doing?

GLENN: I'm very good. I saw something come out this morning that the Dallas County Commission has come out and said they support the sanctuary cities. How are you feeling about that?

BETH: Well, Dallas County Commissioners Court had a vote last Tuesday, and they basically called it a welcoming to all immigrants. But one of the things that was in there -- well, several things in there that was very disconcerting.

But one of the things in there, in particular for cities, was the -- the notion that our local police agencies should stop all, quote, nonessential communications and cooperations with immigrations and customs enforcement.

And there was no -- there was no purpose of that resolution honestly. And for the county to direct our local law enforcement to do anything without even discussing it with the cities, I thought was ridiculous.

But they're putting our citizens at risk, and for no reason other than just political gain.

GLENN: You know, what is happening to Texas? In case people don't know, Irving is a suburb of Dallas. It's a very large and diverse city. I think the most diverse city in the nation.

STU: ZIP code in America, I think is the --

BETH: Yep. Yep. We have 240,000 people, 92nd largest city in the country, and we've got the most diverse ZIP code in the nation.

GLENN: Yeah. So it is a juggling act to keep everything running the way it does, so well, and everybody lives peacefully. But we have -- because we have real diversity, you have had some -- what I would call Sharia law advocates.

BETH: Yes.

GLENN: Come to -- come to town and do a number on you and the city. Are you prepared with what's going to happen now with the sanctuary city lovers?

BETH: Look. If I was concerned about doing -- not saying the right thing because I was concerned about getting critics, I'm in the wrong business. But sure. I know that we're going to have -- and the other mayors, of course, we're going to be criticized. But it shouldn't stop us from doing it.

And our point in doing it was Dallas County Commissioners Court does not speak for all Dallas county cities. And the fact is, is that we believe in the rule of law. We believe in the Constitution. And we believe that when we pledged to take that oath, that we would defend the Constitution and state laws of Texas. We're taking it seriously.

And for political gain to just say, "Well, you know what, we're just going to ignore these laws because they're inconvenient to us," is not the way to represent your people.

GLENN: How do you think this ends for cities like Dallas?

BETH: Huh?

I believe that right now, you've got a very conservative state legislature. I mean, Governor Abbott has been extraordinarily vocal in his opposition to sanctuary city policies and has pledged that he will do everything that he can to stop putting our citizens at risk, including sanctuary city policies.

Look, it's natural that we should work with our federal government. It is natural that we should work with our state government. And if we've got the resources, I'm not going to sit here and say, "Well, that's your job. That's your job. That's your job." We all need to work together. Our focus -- our main concern is the safety of people who live in our cities and our state and our country. And we all need to work together and just, "Well, that's your job. That's your job." It doesn't work like that. It's a waste of resources and tax dollars.

GLENN: Mayor, always good to talk to you. Thanks.

BETH: Great to talk to you. Thank you very much. You have a great week.

GLENN: God bless. You bet.

She is a remarkable mayor.

PAT: She's pretty brave.

GLENN: And one of the bravest people I know. I mean, she has not backed -- have you seen her back down on anything?

PAT: I don't think so.

GLENN: And she has gone against the Obama administration. She's gone against CAIR.

STU: Well, she's backed -- I've tried to contact her many times in an effort to deport Jeffy from Irving. And so far, she's done nothing. Nothing on that.

GLENN: Wow.

STU: I mean, this is the most obvious case. No one wants him here. Build a wall around Irving to keep him out if you must, but get him out of here. And she won't respond.

GLENN: Now, this -- really, to keep him out, you don't need a wall. Speed bumps are really...

(laughter)

Acclaimed environmentalist and author of "Apocalypse Never" Michael Shellenberger joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Wednesday to warn us about the true goals and effects of climate alarmism: It's become a "secular religion" that lowers standards of living in developed countries, holds developing countries back, and has environmental progress "exactly wrong."

Michael is a Time "Hero of the Environment," Green Book Award winner, and the founder and president of Environmental Progress. He has been called a "environmental guru," "climate guru," "North America's leading public intellectual on clean energy," and "high priest" of the environmental humanist movement for his writings and TED talks, which have been viewed more than 5 million times. But when Michael penned a stunning article in Forbes saying, "On Behalf of Environmentalists, I Apologize for the Climate Scare", the article was pulled just a few hours later. (Read more here.)

On the show, Micheal talked about how environmental alarmism has overtaken scientific fact, leading to a number of unfortunate consequences. He said one of the problems is that rich nations are blocking poor nations from being able to industrialize. Instead, they are seeking to make poverty sustainable, rather than to make poverty history.

"As a cultural anthropologist, I've been traveling to poorer countries and interviewing small farmers for over 30 years. And, obviously there are a lot of causes why countries are poor, but there's no reason we should be helping them to stay poor," Michael said. "A few years ago, there was a movement to make poverty history ... [but] it got taken over by the climate alarmist movement, which has been focused on depriving poor countries, not just of fossil fuels they need to develop, but also the large hydroelectric dams."

He offered the example of the Congo, one of the poorest countries in the world. The Congo has been denied the resources needed to build large hydroelectric dams, which are absolutely essential to pull people out of poverty. And one of the main groups preventing poor countries from the gaining financing they need to to build dams is based in Berkeley, California — a city that gets its electricity from hydroelectric dams.

"It's just unconscionable ... there are major groups, including the Sierra Club, that support efforts to deprive poor countries of energy. And, honestly, they've taken over the World Bank [which] used to fund the basics of development: roads, electricity, sewage systems, flood control, dams," Micheal said.

"Environmentalism, apocalyptic environmentalism in particular, has become the dominant religion of supposedly secular people in the West. So, you know, it's people at the United Nations. It's people that are in very powerful positions who are trying to impose 'nature's order' on societies," he continued. "And, of course, the problem is that nobody can figure out what nature is, and what it's not. That's not a particular good basis for organizing your economy."

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Dr. Voddie Baucham, Dean of Theology at African Christian University in Lusaka, Zambia, joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to explain why he agrees with Vice President Mike Pence's refusal to say the phrase "Black Lives Matter."

Baucham, who recently drew national attention when his sermon titled "Ethnic Gnosticism" resurfaced online, said the phrase has been trademarked by a dangerous, violent, Marxist movement that doesn't care about black lives except to use them as political pawns.

"We have to separate this movement from the issues," Baucham warned. "I know that [Black Lives Matter] is a phrase that is part of an organization. It is a trademark phrase. And it's a phrase designed to use black people.

"That phrase dehumanizes black people, because it makes them pawns in a game that has nothing whatsoever to do with black people and their dignity. And has everything to do with a divisive agenda that is bigger than black people. That's why I'm not going to use that phrase, because I love black people. I love being black."

Baucham warned that Black Lives Matter -- a radical Marxist movement -- is using black people and communities to push a dangerous and divisive narrative. He encouraged Americans to educate themselves on the organization's agenda and belief statement.

"This movement is dangerous. This movement is vicious. And this movement uses black people," he emphasized. "And so if I'm really concerned about issues in the black community -- and I am -- then I have to refuse, and I have to repudiate that organization. Because they stand against that for which I am advocating."

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On last week's Wednesday night special, Glenn Beck revealed where the Black Lives Matter organization really gets its funding, and the dark money trail leading to a cast of familiar characters. Shortly after the program aired, one of BLM's fiscal sponsors, Thousand Currents, took down its board of directors page, which featured one of these shady characters:

Ex-Marxist professor and author of "Beyond Woke," Michael Rectenwald, joined Glenn Beck on the TV show to fill us in on the suspicious change he discovered on the Thousand Currents webpage and the Communist terrorists who is now helping run the organization. (Fortunately, the internet is forever, so it is still possible to view the board of directors page by looking at a web archive from the WayBack Machine.)

Rectenwald revealed the shocking life history of Thousand Currents' vice chair of the board, Susan Rosenberg, who spent 16 years in federal prison for her part in a series of increasingly violent acts of terrorism, including bombing the U.S. Capitol building, bombing an FBI building, and targeting police for assassination.

"Their whole campaign was one of unbelievably vicious, murderous cop killings, assassinations, and bombings," explained Rectenwald of Rosenberg's terror group known as the May 19th Communist Organization or M19.

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