Texas Businesses Need Immigration Reform Now

The legal entanglements of 50,000 children entering the United States illegally this summer may have highlighted our broken immigration system, but Texas businesses are warning that Congress’ failure to pass comprehensive immigration reforms could create a bigger long-term economic crisis. Leaders in Houston’s manufacturing, construction and agriculture industries joined colleagues in 40 other cities across […]

Business Interests Question Republican Truths

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Business interests are walking the halls of the Texas Capitol calling on lawmakers to rethink some of their past policies, hoping that after the November election they can win some key victories next year. The business lobby’s wish list, expressed at legislative hearings and press conferences, includes better-educated workers, more spending […]

Immigrant Game Put Republicans in Tight Spot

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — When young Texas conservatives announced a “catch an illegal immigrant” game, they expected condemnation from the left. But the surprise came when fellow Texas Republicans either denounced them or remained conspicuously silent. Perhaps no incident better crystalizes how the state GOP is trying to mitigate its immigration policies to win Hispanic […]

Conservative Students at UT Austin Stage Fake Immigrant Capture Game

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Young Conservatives of Texas announced Monday they will play a “Catch an Illegal Immigrant Game” this week on the University of Texas at Austin, drawing condemnation from Democrats and a threat of expulsion from campus officials. The game is planned for Wednesday when club members will wander the campus wearing […]

Immigration is the issue that can cut both ways

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Immigration policy, something that Texas politicians have little control over, is shaping up as one of the major issues of the 2014 election cycle in Texas. Republican operatives say the issue is the most important to their primary voters. That’s probably why Houston Sen. Dan Patrick made it the center piece […]