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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

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

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

An immigration showdown in Cowtown

Sen. Patrick hedges his bets while the rejection of gay Republicans raises questions about exclusion of immigration hardliners.

The Republican Party of Texas’ faithful will gather in Fort Worth this week following one of the uglier primary seasons that many veteran political observers have witnessed. Their leadership will look not only to show

at Jun 4, 2014 10:22 AM

Norman Adams Explains The Texas Solution

Hello. I’m Norman Adams, a delegate from SD-15, Houston, Texas. appreciate the fact that you’ve come to this convention. I know what these conventions are like; I like to compare them to a root canal. Let’s hope we have a lot more fun this year than your average root canal.

I’d like to talk about immigration reform, the Texas Solution that our 10,000 plus delegates came together and pounded out in 2012, the Texas Solution that’s in our platform today, and I’m urging you to keep it there.   Read more »

at Jun 3, 2014 5:01 PM

Carolyn Hodges, Texas Federation of Republican Women, Supports The Texas Solution

The following is a letter Texas Federation of Republican Women's former President, Carolyn Hodges:

Dear RPT Delegates to 2014 Convention,

In a couple of weeks, we will all gather in Fort Worth for our convention and take care of crafting and approving the 2014 Republican Party of Texas Platform. Each Senatorial District has appointed a temporary member to the Platform Committee. Please be sure you attend your SD caucus meeting at 5:00 PM, Thursday, June 5. That is when the permanent committee members will be elected. I am urging you to elect a person to this committee that will ensure that “The Texas Solution” will remain a part of our platform. A copy of “The Texas Solution” is included.   Read more »

at Jun 3, 2014 4:42 PM

Texas State Convention 2014 War Zone

“I have said many times that I want to see common-sense immigration reform pass. I think most Americans want to see the problem fixed.” - Senator Ted Cruz on immigration

The 2014 Texas State Convention could prove to be a war zone regarding the immigration plank in our 2012 platform. It seems that some Republicans have thought it over and don’t want a Texas Solution to what we all know is a broken immigration system. It’s also very disturbing that Texas will be spotlighted in all the news media because of this battle and we are all going to be lumped into one group, racists. We shouldn’t hide from the fact that both sides, the Democrats and the Republicans, have their fair share of bigots.   Read more »

at Jun 3, 2014 3:04 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


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