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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 far!   Read more »

at Jun 26, 2014 11:47 AM

Perry's Office Clarifies 'Inadequate Resources' Comment About Border

Governor Rick Perry is working with Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) to identify options that can immediately address the Texas border crisis. Earlier today Gov. Perry said Texas doesn’t have “the resources, nor the manpower to be able to do that (secure the border) for the 1,200 miles. If we did, we would."

Several state legislators and Sen. Dan Patrick are quoting DPS director, Colonel Steve McCraw, as saying it would cost Texas taxpayers approximately $1.3 million per week to

at Jun 18, 2014 6:11 PM

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


Truthfully this was the most chaotic and contumacious convention in respect to the platform I can remember. A ‘mob’ mentality rushed through the audience as we were voting on the Amendment to replace the Immigration Plank. Hysteria and confusion do not partner well when making a sound decision.   Read more »

at Jun 10, 2014 11:15 AM

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

Tasting The Venom, Texas Republicans Go Backwards On Immigration

The following article was written by Duke Machado from

The flag “Don’t Tread on Me,” with the snake coiled and ready to strike, came to life and struck the Hispanic Republican movement in Texas.Tea Party and Libertarian factions of the “Republican” Party, coordinated a successful campaign to reverse course on the historic 2012 immigration plank in the Republican Party Platform.   Read more »

at Jun 8, 2014 12:12 PM

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

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


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