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Gavin Newsom and Kamala Harris choose politics over leadership on Central American children issue

The crisis resulting from tens of thousands of Central American children traversing dangerous territory to cross our porous border is one that demands leadership. But don’t look for it from those who currently occupy California’s highest offices.

In a Friday story, the Los Angeles Times discovered that for California governor aspirants Gavin Newsom (D) and Kamala Harris (D), politics trumps all.   Read more »

at Jul 24, 2014 9:42 AM
       

Family Reunification and Other Explanations for the Border Surge of Unaccompanied Children

There are two main issues surrounding the increase in the migration of unaccompanied children (UAC) and asylum seekers in recent years that have recently reached crisis proportions. The first is the treatment of those children who are apprehended by Border Patrol and how American policy is reacting to the surge.

The second is explaining why UACs are coming. Below I will lay out three different theories that attempt to explain the surge in UACs. Each theory has some merit and I present evidence in support and opposition to each one.   Read more »

at Jul 2, 2014 5:12 PM
       

Are you sick and tired of Congress avoiding immigration reform?

When I get a phone call from a media source saying they want to interview me, I know they have “program time” to fill. And as a participant, I am the “filler.” I never turn them down, but I am seldom optimistic about the results.

CNN called me last week and said they wanted me to talk about immigration. I am amazed how many people watched it. Best part, no negatives...so far!   Read more »

at Jun 26, 2014 11:47 AM
       

David Brat’s Immigration Stance Doesn’t Square with His Free-Market Flair

David Brat won a stunning and surprising victory in last week’s primary election in Virginia, unseating House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.). But Brat doesn’t seem to understand the very issue that seems to have dominated his historic upset and propelled him to Capitol Hill.

Brat considers himself a free-market conservative, claiming on MSNBC following his unexpected win that he’s against “any distortion to free markets.” Brat also campaigned against immigration reform, saying that “It’s the most symbolic issue that captures the difference between myself and Eric Cantor in this race.”

at Jun 17, 2014 12:25 PM
       

Sid Miller talks Immigration at GOP State Convention

Former State Rep. Sid Miller, candidate for Texas Agriculture Commissioner, stopped by the GOP Impact booth at the 2014 GOP Convention. He responded to questions relating to immigration and shared his vision for a plan that he would support, which includes securing the border and implementing a guest worker program. He also discussed the importance of reaching out to the Hispanic community and embracing them into the Repubican Party.   Read more »

at Jun 9, 2014 10:51 AM
       

Alex Nowrasteh, Cato Institute, Discusses Immigration Policy at 2014 Republican Party of Texas Convention

We visited with Alex Nowrasteh at the 2014 Republican Party of Texas State Convention. Alex is an Immigration Polity Analyst for Cato Institute and has spent countless hours researching facts about immigrants and their effect on this nation. He speaks about the misinformation and flawed data used by other organizations, like NumbersUSA.

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at Jun 7, 2014 8:57 AM
       

The Future of the Republican Party Hangs in the Balance

As the delegates to the Texas Republican State Convention gather to craft the Party’s message for the general election cycle, no issue seems to animate the base more than illegal immigration. While the delegates will discuss a number of important and complex issues, this week, the “main stage” debate will center on whether or not we should remove the guest-worker language from the Party Platform.

The guest-worker component, or "The Texas Solution," as it has been called, was added to the Party Platform just two years ago

at Jun 6, 2014 9:32 AM
       

Letter to Texas Republican Delegates

Dear Republican Party of Texas Delegate,

Thank you for agreeing to serve as a delegate to the 2014 RPT Convention.

During the convention delegates will be asked to ratify our Republican Party of Texas Platform. The Platform is serious business because it is an outline for how we expect our leaders to govern.

Our nation’s immigration policy is broken. Being a border state, Texans see this failure everyday.   Read more »

at Jun 3, 2014 10:13 AM
       

Texas State Convention And The Texas Solution

Texans will soon be heading to the largest Republican State Convention in the US in Fort Worth on June 5 – 7. Delegates and Alternates will convene to decide on convention rules, the Texas platform and to vote for different officials including the Republican Party State Chairman. This article will only address The Texas Solution.

The word Amnesty strikes FEAR in the hearts and minds of some Texans. This word also solidifies their brain into one mass cell.

at May 29, 2014 7:41 AM
       

Border Security and Legal Workforce Reform

Last week I hosted a bi-partisan group of ag commissioners from eight other states for a border tour. They walked away committed more than ever to fight for good border security and guest worker programs. I wish you could have seen the overrun McAllen Border Patrol substation, a picture of why we must force Washington to act.

I have continued to meet with other groups and leaders across Texas trying to bring as many together as possible to ensure successful platform language. Below is the latest compilation of the best ideas I have heard from a variety of groups.

at May 28, 2014 2:34 PM
       

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