Texas Senator Dan Patrick's Plan to Combat Our Broken Immigration System
"We must be a country of compassion because theyre two words we really shouldnt hear. Deportation and amnesty. If you come here illegally and you havent broken any laws and youre working and supporting your family, building a better life, Im sorry - we can work out a guest worker program once we secure the border, but you dont get to vote, you dont get to be a citizen. People have paid the price to be here."
"The second issue is deportation. Were not going to deport 10-12 million people. Its not realistic. So we have to reach out to our Hispanic Americans, who are 10% of our military, who are hardworking folks, who are part of this country, and say, Hey look, you have to work with us. We have to have a guest worker program because we can have workers come in, but they cant bring in 8 family members. [The American people] do not have the money to pay for 8 other children."
"So our immigration policy is: end sanctuary cities, secure the border, and after that we need to step to and figure out what to do with the people who are here. Once the border is secured, deport all the criminals. I dont want to deport them now, theyll get back too fast."
"About compassion - Im tired of Democrats saying theyre the people of compassion. Republicans and conservatives take money out of our own pocket, and we help others. And Democrats take money out of our pocket and help others."
"The truth is we do care. There is not a person in this audience tonight that does not care about his fellow man. Thats why youre here. Theres not a person here tonight that doesnt want to see the dropout rate in the Black and Hispanic community decline so they have an opportunity at the American Dream. Theres not a person here tonight who has a racist bone in his body. Theres not a person here tonight that thinks youre better than someone else. The success of the Tea Party movement is because its a movement of community. Community! Weve come out of our homes, and weve come together, and weve found there are a lot of people who think like us."