The Main Stream Media’s dismay is palpable: Texas Republicans in their convention this weekend dumped the “Texas Solution” and replaced it with a plank flatly opposing Amnesty, and also schemes to increase legal immigration given current unemployment. They also voted overwhelming in a Presidential straw poll for Senator Ted Cruz, who gave a speech attacking Amnesty fiercely.
See Texas Republicans Adopt Hard-Line On Immigration, Gay Rights, By Marice Richter, Reuters, June 8, 2014, and The Great Texas GOP Immigration Debate of 2014: ‘Texas Solution’ Gone, by Bob Price, (Includes text of new plan) Breitbart .June 8, 2014.
“The Texas Solution” (click here for the text) was adopted at the 2012 convention. It included the usual call for border security (even the Obama administration gives lip service to that) and even an end to birthright citizenship, but also “an effective and efficient temporary worker program”—which would be extended to current illegals.
Why not instead call for an immigration moratorium? We don’t need more workers. (See my May 14 Memo From Middle America | It’s High Time For An Immigration Shutdown—Let’s Put It On The Front Burner.)
A key organization pushing the “Texas Solution” is Texans for Sensible Immigration Policy . It also wants an amnesty for illegal aliens. (Its FAQ, asked if TXSIP supports amnesty, says they don’t support citizenship for illegals—but the work permit is the amnesty.)And guess what, if you go to the group’s Our Supporters page you find it filled with contractors and construction groups: Texas Construction Association, Greater Houston Builder’s Association, Texas Masonry Council, et cetera. Follow the money….
Texas is a critical state for the Republican Party, but if present demographic trends continue it is in danger of going over to the Democrats, as VDARE.com pointed out as early as April 20, 2001, Lone Star Setting . How will the GOP win elections then?
The typical MSM take came from Emily Mathis of the Dallas Observer, reporting on the debate on “The Texas Solution” at the convention:
“Unless we adjust, we as a party are at tremendous peril of vanishing forever.” This was Jason Villalba, the state rep from Dallas, over the phone today, imagining the doomsday scenario that could break his Republican party, if far-right members don’t shuffle toward the center aisle on immigration. Villalba recently completed his freshman term in the Legislature and is quickly becoming an outspoken proponent of statewide immigration reform. The issue, and Villalba, took center stage at this week’s party convention in Fort Worth.
Their place at the center of things is a byproduct of rapidly shifting demographics in Texas, and the critical need for state Republicans to court Hispanic voters. According to a 2013 Gallup Poll Hispanics overwhelmingly vote Democrat, and are expected to become the majority ethnicity in Texas within the next 25 years.
Yes, but that projection, like all such projections, depends on present trends continuing. Present trends don’t have to continue–especially if we change them.
The Dallas Observer’s Mathis continues:
As part of an immigration platform debate yesterday, GOP members dived back into the Texas Solution initiative, a controversial plan added to the party platform in 2012. It calls for tighter border security and a guest-worker program to allow undocumented immigrants to legally live and work in the United States, without a pathway to citizenship. Updating and maintaining the 2012 Texas Solution, Villalba insists, is the only way to gain Hispanic voters and work toward reform.
Republicans have predictably criticized the Texas Solution as too lenient, saying it offers an amnesty incentive to undocumented immigrants by allowing them to legally work in the United States as guests. As part of the proposed platform shift, Texas GOP officials have suggested changing the current guest-workers policy to grant these workers a temporary visa. “We believe in a thoughtful approach to immigration that includes guest workers. But if we yank that away a few years later — what does that say to Hispanics across the state?”
Immigration is expected to be a key point of debate at the Texas GOP convention this week, and attendees have not disappointed. Opponents are calling for the total elimination of the Texas Solution — some even calling for the immediate mass deportation of every undocumented immigrant.
The federal government hardly deports anybody nowadays. But hey, what if the state of Texas started unilaterally deporting illegal aliens?
Villalba’s objections suggest that he believes that Hispanics support open borders and it’s offensive to them if the GOP doesn’t push open borders, at least with Mexico.
Deporting an estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants and throwing out Texas Solution, Villalba told Unfair Park, is not just logically and logistically impossible. “These issues can be perceived by the Hispanic community as alienating, divisive, and offensive,” he said….
Texas Republicans Debate Immigration, as “The Future of the Party Hangs in the Balance” Emily Mathis, Dallas Observer’s “Unfair Park” blog, June 6, 2014
VDARE.com has repeatedly pointed out that the demographics of Texas are already quite similar to those of California. But Texas is Republican because whites vote heavily for the GOP (not quite as overwhelmingly as the Deep South states, but maybe that’s coming). In contrast, California has what Texas Republican strategist Ralph Griffin called a “crazy white people problem”—and of course idiot GOP leadership obsessed with outreach to unwinnable minorities, apparently not realizing that the party does not even carry California’s white vote.
Texans are not crazy. The have voted to survive.
American citizen Allan Wall (email him) moved back to the U.S.A. in 2008 after many years residing in Mexico. Allan`s wife is Mexican, and their two sons are bilingual. In 2005, Allan served a tour of duty in Iraq with the Texas Army National Guard. His VDARE.COM articles are archived here; his Mexidata.info articles are archived here ; his News With Views columns are archived here; and his website is here.