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State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte Calls for ‘Texas Solution’ to Border Crisis

July 15, 2014

State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte (via)

Today, Democratic lieutenant governor candidate and state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte added her own set of immigration and border security policy proposals to the growing mix of ideas addressing the child refugee crisis on the border.

In her plan titled “Securing the border and Texas’ economic future” Texas First Immigration Proposals, Van de Putte calls for a “Texas solution” to the growing crisis–one that would require cooperation and collaboration between federal and state leaders.

The list of proposals includes:

Texas has a rich history of immigration, losing sight of that jeopardizes our economic future. We put Texas first when we put the rhetoric aside, honor our history, and empower Texas to be globally competitive,” Van de Putte said in a press release. She also noted her plan would fund “Texas’ responsibility to secure our communities, cracks down on criminals, holds Washington, D.C. to task, and supports economic initiatives that work.”

Van de Putte’s proposal comes on the same day that Congressman Henry Cuellar, D-TX28, and U.S. Sen. John Cornyn filed legislation that would essentially make it easier to deport of thousands of unaccompanied Central American children crossing the border. Also on the federal level today, a group of Congressional Republicans, led by Texas Congresswoman Kay Granger, R-TX12, announced plans to recommend their own set of policies, including sending the National Guard to the border and amending a 2008 human trafficking law to make deportations easier.

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  • lou g

    Van de Putte states “Ensuring that border security officials can “focus on catching criminals, not kids;”” So just allow these kids to come in as they please? What kind of policy is that?

  • psb

    Easiest solution is to take over Mexico…invade the country and make it the USA. Then our government can tax more poor, make the rich richer and force more Healthcare Reform on our new state called Mexico.

  • Frank Daniel

    secure our border,,,, turn the rio grande into an alligator preservation and throw alligators all up and down the border, it is free to do that, and is not inhumane, they don’t have to get in the water

  • Povrosito Chodesh

    Lets see: A Sate run program to bring our familia across the border because we are terminally special, providing lots of jobs for illegal immigrants, let the kids through because we are sure they are not ever going to repay the cartels for their travel expenses and then make a lot of speeches. Isn’t that what we are doing now? I guess sending a no nonsense message to the good people of Tegucigalpa that is is a dangerous and otherwise bad idea is out of the question, eh?