I understand why the American people don’t trust Washington, I understand why they dismiss some border security promises as rhetoric.
That’s why my amendment, the RESULTS amendment, is so important, and it’s essential to accomplishing the goal of bipartisan immigration reform. As I said, right now, Congress and Washington have a major credibility problem.
I’m afraid the Gang of Eight bill -- in its current form -- would make this problem worse.
Instead of enacting so-called triggers that are just really talking points disguised as policy, it’s time for us to adopt real triggers. Read more »
Today I unveiled the Requiring Enforcement, Security and safety while Upgrading Lawful Trade and travel Simultaneously (RESULTS) Amendment to the immigration bill, and authored an Op-Ed on the amendment in the Dallas Morning News. Click here for a summary of the amendment.
Immigration Reform with RESULTS
Once again, the Democrat Party is about to prove they are not at all interested in actually solving our nation's immigration problem. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) admitted yesterday morning on Fox and Friends that the bill he and the "Gang of Eight" developed with bi-partisan support is about to die because the Democrats won't support the bill. Between opposition from unions and other minority groups and the Democrats' desire to use immigration as a wedge issue rather than solving the problem, there simply are not enough votes in the Senate to overcome a cloture vote. Just as when the Democrats killed the DREAM Act in 2010, Hispanic voters have yet again been deceived by Democrats who continue to dangle the carrot of immigration reform while never intending to deliver on the promises. Read more »
Since the immigration reform discussion began, opinions have been flying like the speed of lightening, including the thunder. I made my radio show debut on the Silvio Canto, Jr show to discuss immigration reform on May 1, 2013. Our discussion focused on the guest worker program,
As the debate on immigration reform rages on in Washington D.C., the Clear Lake Tea Party (CLTP) has decided to bring the debate closer to home and will host its own event on Thursday, June 6th. The event will be based on a structured debate featuring TexasGOPVote news contributors, Linda Vega and Bob Price, versus South Texas Alliance President, George Rodriquez and Texans for Immigration Reduction and Enforcement President Larry Korkmas. Read more »
You might think a proposal to force undocumented immigrants to be background checked, fingerprinted, photographed and entered into a database would be an easy sell with Republican lawmakers. But, you’d be wrong.
With time quickly running out in the legislative session, a plan to make it possible for undocumented immigrants to obtain a driver permit has stalled in legislature. The idea’s Republican champion in the House, Rep. Byron Cook of Corsicana, said the process has slowed way down but he’s still hopeful the proposal can become law. “Right now, we are pushing a big rock uphill,” he told me. Read more »
National Constable of the Year, Ron Hickman to Address Human Trafficking in Harris County with TTPRW
Harris County Precinct 4 Constable Ron Hickman will speak to the Texas Tea Party Republican Women's Club (TTPRW) tomorrow night about the huge problem of human trafficking and sexual slavery that is rampant in the Houston Area. Many have called Houston the nation's capital in human trafficking.
Hickman, who was recently recognized as Constable of the Year by the National Constables' and Marshall's Association during their annual meeting in Sugar Land, Texas, will present his department's
Much to my surprise, there’s absolutely no trigger in this bill tied to border security, or any metrics, or measuring stick by which we could measure our success in securing the border. And I think it’s absolutely critical that we need both of those.
Drug smugglers and human traffickers don’t use E-verify, so we’re going to have to stop them through our border strategy. My amendment would plug multiple gaping holes in the border security provisions. Read more »
The immigration reform bill, sponsored by U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) has sparked a lot of discussion around the country bring about the kind of national debate we have needed for a very long time. Recently, Americans for Tax Reform founder, Grover Norquist, testified before the Senate about the pending legislation and why immigration reform is needed. He opened his testimony with the statement, "People are an asset, not a liability."
This week, Norquist sat down with TexasGOPVote to expand on his thoughts on immigration reform, and I asked him about this comment and what it means in the context of immigration reform. Read more »
The following article was written by Alex Nowrasteh, an immigration policy analyst at the Cato Institute’s Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity:
In the Washington Post today, Jim DeMint and Robert Rector of the Heritage Foundation invoke the free-market pantheon in arguing their anti-immigration stance: “The economist Milton Friedman warned that the United States cannot have open borders and an extensive welfare state.”
They’re halfway right about that. What Friedman actually said was that immigration is “a good thing for the United States…so long as it’s illegal.”