Texas Senators a “no show” and not taking a lead while freshman Congressman Joaquin Castro takes immigration plan to Washingtonby Dee Dee Garcia Blase on Jan. 28, 2013, under Legal Immigration Reform
Texas, May I have a talk with you?
How is it that the Texas U.S. Senators are not taking a legal immigration reform lead particularly when Texas has the majority
of the border length to Mexico?
Why is a freshman Democratic Congressman via Joaquin Castro taking a lead and a plan to Washington D.C. while the border Texas State senators look the other way?
Is Texas benefiting from the prison systems and their detention facilities to the point where the Texas Senators choose to not really take a lead on the 2013 legal immigration reform plan?
What is going on in Texas?
I’m in Texas right now from Arizona, and I can assure you that I have seen more border patrol officers and vehicles traveling throughout Texas than in New Mexico, Arizona, and California put together.
The battleground for immigration is NOT at the Senate level because the Democrats hold the majority in the Senate … the battleground will be at the Congressional level in light of Texas Rep. Lamar Smith. This is where the Texas Rep. Joaquin Castro comes in particularly since he knows more than anyone the problems and solutions associated with the broken immigration system. In other words, the answer for immigration reform must come from the leaders bordering Mexico, and because most who have been deported have been Mexican nationals. It makes sense to seek the leadership where the community has been affected the most which is why our eyes are on Mexican-American Congressional leadership.
Here’s a snap shot of the bordering states:
Texas: 1,255 miles/64% of border length and has 24 ports of entry
Arizona: 354 miles/18% of border length and has 8 ports of entry
New Mexico: 180 miles/9% and has 3 ports of entry
California: 165 miles/8% of border length and 6 ports of entry
We are glad to see Castro taking leadership — especially when Texas Republican Lamar Smith is the one who is the gatekeeper to immigration. Never forget there are still a few pesky Tea Party people at the Congressional level.
All eyes are on Texas and the quartet border state leadership.