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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
       

Texas House Hearing Could Signal Big Changes Ahead for Misclassification and Workers’ Comp

In a marathon hearing held by Texas lawmakers on the issues of workers’ comp and worker misclassification, representatives from businesses and labor came together to talk about what could be done to level the playing field for ethical companies and improve the lives of middle class Texans.

at Apr 30, 2014 1:11 PM
       

GOP must say 'grow' instead of 'no'

The following article originally appeared on USA Today and is authored by James K. Glassman. James K. Glassman is the former Under Secretary of State under President George W. Bush.


Ronald Reagan often pointed out that the best politics is good policy. With congressional elections less than seven months away, and a presidential vote looming just behind, it's time for Republicans to settle on just what good policy is.

So here's a thought experiment: If you could wave a magic wand and produce policy changes that would achieve just one goal – the goal with the most positive political impact -- what would that goal be? Undoubtedly, strong, sustainable economic growth.   Read more »

at Apr 29, 2014 5:02 PM
       

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
       

State-Based Visas: A Federalist Approach to Immigration Reform

Today Cato released a new policy analysis about the feasibility of state-based visas. Such a visa would allow states more say in immigration policies and generally a more flexible visa regime guided by local conditions.   Read more »

at Apr 23, 2014 12:52 PM
       

Deportation: Is It Even a Viable Option?

Deportation of the estimated 12 million illegal immigrants has always been and remains a contentious issue. At a time when all liberty loving Texans are concerned with the worrisome growth in federal law enforcement resources and domestic spying, do we really need to add more federal “cops” for any purpose – even mass deportation?   Read more »

at Apr 22, 2014 5:25 PM
       

Texas Immigration Debate: Two Sides Talking Past Each Other

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

at Apr 16, 2014 2:03 PM
       

Border Security and Immigration Reform Go Hand In Hand

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 »

at Apr 14, 2014 11:39 AM
       

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