Skip to comments.“Dinosaur politics” – clash over Texas GOP candidates vowing to repeal Dreamer in-state tuition
Posted on 10/10/2013 8:22:36 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
The four candidates for lieutenant governor in Texas have vowed to repeal the 2001 Texas law which allows Dreamers who live in Texas to pay state-resident tuition rates in Texas. This has garnered criticism from Latino Democrats as well as a prominent Latino Republican.
Art Martinez de Vara, co-founder of the Texas Federation of Hispanic Republicans, called the vows to repeal in-state tuition for Texas undocumented immigrants as dinosaur politics, according to the Dallas Morning News.
Its unfortunate seeing everybody clamor to see who can be the most extreme on that, said Vara, explaining he thought this was a play to attract older, non-Latino white conservative voters.
The four Republican candidates for lieutenant governor state senator Dan Patrick, Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst, Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples and Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson have all stated the 2001 law, passed by a large majority and signed into law by Republican Governor Rick Perry, should be repealed.
Democratic state representative Trey Martinez Fischer, chairman of the Mexican American Legislative Caucus (MALC), issued a statement, calling it part of an extremist, anti-immigrant agenda.
At a time of great change in our state, we dont need more politicians making cynical calculations that create unnecessary rifts. Texas is never served when those with the most obtuse political notions make the loudest noise trying to divide our state.
These young students are Texans in every sense of the word and candidates should not feel empowered to discriminate against them, simply because page twelve of the Republican Party platform allows them to do so.
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“Texas Federation of Hispanic Republicans”
I like me some dinosaur politics.
GO HOME, MEXICANS !
Sounds like an absolutely outstanding idea to me. Anything we can do to discourage them from being here.
I wish there was something else that could be done to make their stay here more uncomfortable.
Patterson being lumped in with those that want to repeal in-state tuition seems rather interesting. Heard him speak at a Lincoln Day dinner in Brazoria County and he was quite emphatic about his desire to greatly increase the number of individuals allowed to enter under the guest worker program.
Also seems to me if Dewhurst really wanted to repeal in-state tuition he could have made it happen on his watch.
What I’d do is propose a law getting rid of the idea of in state tuition entirely. Make it fair for everyone including US citizens.
Oh, there are TONS of things we could do but no politician has the cajones to introduce them. After all, America is just a place where everyone who potties in a rest stop along the highway is entitled to citizenship, free education, welfare, free healthcare, etc., etc.
Only Americans who were actually born here, pay taxes and prize citizenship don't qualify for the freebies - just the freeloaders who illegally enter the country and demand that we cave to them!!
A 2010 Texas Trib poll found that 77% of Texans want this law repealed.
It seems to me that the “extremists” are on the side of those supporting the law.
My wife was a Mexican Citizen when she attended the University of Texas, but is now an American Citizen. When she attended the University of Texas she paid out of state tuition.
She followed the rules and law. Everyone else should also follow the same rules.
First, congratulations to your wife. I, too, am a Longhorn, although I graduated from UT Dallas when it was still an upper division school. I also honor those who choose to become American citizens and renounce their home country. I have tried to put myself in their shoes and could never renounce my American citizenship. But, then again, I AM a spoiled American and have travelled enough around the world that I haven't seen anyplace else that I thought was better than America.
The bulk of my ire is aimed at the illegals to whom our politicians are kowtowing. These illegals choose to take advantage of the benefits of citizenship with none of the responsibilities. Your wife doesn't fit that description plus she made the choice to become one of us.
They need to go after the affirmative action issue as well.
The 10-20% of top suburban white kids will often have better grades thand the top 10% of an urban high school in Texas.
I think affirmative action is going to be eventually blown away by the Supreme Court. Its becoming entirely indefensible.