Thursday, January 8, 2015

Texas and Immigration: State Solutions to a National Challenge

"Do not remove the ancient landmark,
Nor enter the fields of the fatherless;"
Proverbs 23:10

Because, yah, this isn't controversial:

Craig Estes:
  • Situation in South Texas is "terrible"
  • Washington D.C. created this problem and they're the only ones who can solve it.
  • It's one of their enumerated powers in the Constitution.
  • "The Feds owe us a half a Billion dollars (at least)."
  • Border security and immigration policy are related, but they're different animals.
JoAnn Fleming:
  • "The rule of law has been abandoned in the United States."
  • If we continue to degrade the rule of law, we're going to end up with the same problems they have in Europe.
  • DPS is just as vulnerable as Border Patrol.
  • State presence helps, but it's still wide open on the border.
  • Eliminate every single magnet that attracts illegals
    • Including repeal of In-State tuition
  • "It is time for Republicans to either put up or shut up and go home."
Alex Nowrasteh (Cato Institute):
  • Current immigration mess was designed by labor unions.
  • There is no green card available for a low skilled worker to come legally unless they're closely related to an American citizen.
  • Three actions Texas Can Take
    • Welfare Reform
    • E-verify - Expensive, inefficient, and not particularly effective
      • If it works, it hurts the economy; if it doesn't work, it hurts the economy.
    • Guest worker visas
  • You can't regulate a black market.
Paul Workman:
  • Proposing "Texas Border Patrol" next session.
  • Immigration will take care of itself down the line, but for now the focus is on Border Security.

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