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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

Texas Republicans Should Support the New Immigration Plank!

America is proudly a nation of immigrants. Throughout our history, our nation has attracted productive, industrious and gifted people to America because she is exceptional, and those immigrants and their descendants helped make America the world’s unrivaled economic and military superpower. It remains imperative to create fair and consistent procedures that will again enable freedom-loving, hard-working and law-abiding immigrants to join us, by providing them an efficient,

at Jun 6, 2014 10:39 AM

Who Is Responsible For The Immigration Wedge In The Republican Party?

The following is research conducted by Texans For Sensible Immigration Reform:


When you need advice you talk to someone you trust because you know that person's view of the world is one you share. You know that person does not have a hidden agenda that may be contrary to your own. If that person stands in opposition to you in those respects, would it change your mind about following their advice? It probably should.

The GOP is in the same position on immigration.

at Jun 4, 2014 4:24 PM

Jerry Patterson Answers FAQs on Immigration, The Texas Solution, & RPT Platform

Isn't the Texas Solution in the 2012 RPT platform actually amnesty?

Actually not. Going back to the 2010 RPT platform would be closer to amnesty than the 2012 platform. Why? Because the 2010 platform did not address what to do with the 12,000,000 illegals already here. Therefore, the 2010 platform maintained the status quo of doing nothing which most would agree is de facto amnesty.

at Jun 4, 2014 12:48 PM

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

Guest Worker Visas Can Halt Illegal Immigration

The following was written by Alex Nowrasteh of the Cato Institute:

There is a trade off between the number of lower skilled guest worker visas and the number of unauthorized immigrants. More lower skilled guest workers means fewer unauthorized immigrants. Fewer guest workers mean more unauthorized immigrants. We just have to look back to the Bracero program to see this relationship.   Read more »

at May 13, 2014 3:40 PM

Don’t Settle For The Quick And Easy Answer on Immigration

Texas faces immigration problems that too many Republican voters view solely through the spectrum of catchy phrases and bumper sticker slogans when they think about solutions. That’s understandable – for far too long, those phrases and slogans were the only immigration policy our Party had and the only solutions that our candidates were selling.   Read more »

at May 8, 2014 11:04 AM

The Growing Hispanic Population and Its Impact On Texas – Race Baiting Not the Answer

Texas has a population of 26M and growing. The Hispanic population is increasing in leaps and bounds, and according to the Texas Window on State Government taken from the Texas State Data Center, Texas will be predominately Hispanic American by 2020.   Read more »

at Apr 28, 2014 10:13 AM

Republican Congressman Joe Barton to Introduce Major Immigration Reform Bill

During a recording of Lone Star Politics Friday, which aired this morning, Gromer Jeffers of The Dallas Morning News asked Republican Congressman Joe Barton (TX—6) what the chances were that some kind of immigration reform would be coming out of Congress this year.   Read more »

at Apr 27, 2014 12:31 PM


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