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April 15, 2014
Univision may have just as well billed this debate Man-Child vs Adult debate instead of Cara A Cara, Face to Face. I was one of the very few Conservatives invited to the live broadcast at the studio.
Texas Lt. Governor candidate State Sen. Dan Patrick, a Republican, engaged in a highly-publicized debate on immigration and border security with San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, a Democrat widely believed to have national political aspirations, in a less-than-civil exhibition match of polarized views. Sen. Patrick typically presents
Critically, I believe that we cannot have immigration reform without border security. I also believe that we cannot have border security without immigration reform.
In other words, immigration reform and border security are mutually dependent – not mutually exclusive. To have one, we must have the other. The condition is an “and” – not an “either/or” – situation. We must have both, and we must have both now. Read more »
Hotels, Restaurants, Retailers, Landowners, Citrus Growers Announce Multi-Industry Effort To Press Congress For Immigration Reform
Austin, TX — Several associations – spanning hotels, restaurants, landowners, citrus growers, and retailers – today announced their joint effort to press Congress to pass immigration reform this year. In addition to working from an association level, the organizations’ leadership indicated they will encourage their members to engage in urging Congress to fix our nation’s broken immigration system.
With so many Texas organizations and businesses passionate about immigration reform, Texas Restaurant Association CEO Richie Jackson said, “Now is the time for a unified effort.” Read more »
What is Senatorial District Seven going to do with all those Illegal aliens? What path will Republicans choose today, for the future of Texas tomorrow?
I have often spoken on this subject, and have discussed this issue with friend and foe alike, in both English as well as Spanish, and see this question as pivotal to the future of the Republican Party in Texas.
What motivates me to address this topic today is something that occurred at our recent Harris County SD convention. Read more »
In June 2012, at the Republican Party of Texas Convention in Fort Worth, I was the only Republican elected official to speak to the Platform Committee and to the approximately 8,000 member delegation in favor of adopting the “Texas Solution” immigration plank in our Texas Republican Party Platform. During the floor debate, several key votes were taken on the Texas Solution. By their votes, Convention delegates voted overwhelmingly to support the Texas Solution. Read more »
As the run-up to early voting, which starts in just over two weeks, Texas Attorney General candidate, Railroad Commission Chairman Barry Smitherman, is taking his message to the voters with a new television ad which launched this morning.
“My first ad focuses on border security and prosecution of crime along the border because that will be one of my top priorities as the next Attorney General,” said Barry Smitherman. Read more »
President Barack Obama promised Hispanics that immigration reform would be a top priority if he were elected president in 2008. He was elected president, and then he did nothing except ramp up deportations. Even in 2009, when he could have passed anything he wanted without a single Republican vote, he did nothing. Then in 2012, after being challenged on his failure to act in his first term, he once again promised this would be a top priority in his second term in office. Read more »
Recently, California State Assemblyman (equivalent of a Texas State House Legislator), Tim Donnelly spoke on the floor about our broken immigration system and the need for immigration reform and stronger border security. Donnelly is a Republican legislator from Twin Peaks, California, located in the mountains east of the Los Angeles area. "We have a system," Donnelly began, "that is broken, that is highly dysfunctional."
Texas Attorney General Candidate Barry Smitherman Discusses Government Transparency & Border Security
Texas Railroad Commission Chairman and candidate for Texas Attorney General, Barry Smitherman, sat down with TexasGOPVote recently to discuss transparency in government and how the Texas Attorney General's Office can help the border regions with border security related issues and crimes. Smitherman is currently in a three-way race to succeed Attorney General Greg Abbott who is currently running for Governor in the 2014 Republican Primary to be held March 4th.
Transparency in Government
Gen. Abbott set transparency in government as one of his key issues in his race for Texas Governor. I asked Commissioner Smitherman to comment on this issue and specifically