GOP Approves Hardline Immigration Stance in Party Platform
by ALEXA URA, The Texas Tribune
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GOP Approves Hardline Immigration Stance in Party Platform







FORT WORTH — After several hours of debate Saturday, the final day of the biennial state GOP convention, Republican delegates voted to remove the "Texas Solution" from the party’s official platform, reverting to a more hardline stance on immigration.

About 8,000 delegates gathered to consider the party platform and eventually rejected a proposed immigration plank that included language calling for a provisional visa program for immigrants. In its place, they adopted a plank that echoes the party’s 2010 platform. It does not call for a guest-worker program and instead calls for ending in-state tuition for undocumented immigrants and prohibiting sanctuary cities — municipalities that do not enforce immigration laws.

While the platform is a non-binding set of principles for the party, it sets forth a powerful political statement of the party’s stance on key voting issues in an important election year.

Two years ago, Texas Republicans approved an unprecedented change to the party platform when it adopted language that called for a national guest-worker program. Going into the convention this week, Republicans were split on keeping that language. Tea Party activists were fiercely calling for its removal, while supporters of the plank had suggested modifying it by replacing the guest-worker language with a section calling for a provisional visa program that was intended to include immigrants looking to come to the country to work.

The provisional visa was part of the immigration plank that was first presented to delegates on Saturday. But another proposal that stripped the visa language won the day at the convention after some initial confusion over voting that led to a drawn out roll-call vote that lasted more than half an hour.

The newly-adopted plank mentions creating a “visa classification system for non-specialty industries” that have demonstrated labor shortages, but would only allow such visas when the “borders are verifiably secure” and the use of the worker verification system E-Verify is “fully enforced.”

Delegates who voted for the hardline language celebrated in loud cheers and applause. 

More than 150 of the 200 proposed amendments to the party platform that were submitted to party leadership on Friday concerned immigration.

After the vote, Arturo Martinez de Vara, a member of the platform committee who supported the “Texas Solution,” said there was confusion among the delegates when the amendment was being considered.

“The first time they put it on the screen was the first time anyone considered it,” Martinez de Vara said. “Tomorrow I can tell you my opinion of it.”

When the GOP approved the “Texas Solution” in its platform two years ago, some Republicans hailed the the guest-worker language as a breakthrough for the party, particularly in its efforts to appeal to Hispanic voters who tend to vote Democratic.

In a statement, Emmanuel Garcia, communications director for the Texas Democratic Party, criticized the Republican Party's decision on its immigration stance.

“The platform debate has proved once again that compassionate conservativism and the pragmatic Republican Party are no more,” Garcia said.









This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at http://www.texastribune.org/2014/06/07/gop-guts-texas-solution-platform-state-convention/.

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anonymous
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June 09, 2014


IG Report: HHS Spent $120.6 Million on Medicare for Illegal Aliens

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A new report for the Inspector General found that the Department of Health and Human Services spent $120.6 million between 2009-2011 to provide Medicare Parts B and D to illegal aliens. Illegal aliens are ineligible from receiving Medicare services.

The IG report found that $91.6 million was spent on Medicare Part B, which covers medical and preventative services. It also found that $29 million was spent on Part D, which is Medicare's prescription drug program. The report is a result of "ramped up efforts" by the Inspector General's office after the passing of the Affordable Care Act. The bill strictly prohibits health coverage for illegal aliens.
Jackson1258
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June 07, 2014
Why would anyone want a person to be homosexual if they don't want to be that way?
anonymous
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June 07, 2014
Just a bunch of hot damn air,, cause all you have to do is look around,, plus take a look at the texdot, texas freshwater fisheries to see how many wetbacks are working there,

if that being the case, why do our tax dollars pay for them to cross drop a baby and go back across.

why do we give the food stamps, and sale the homes and land then allow 5 to 10 of them to live in one shack, with only one of the able to speak engish and have valid ss, and dl..

why do we allow them in to the shops, and stores to throw their shit paper into the corners. yes shit paper on the floor and into the corners..

so gop and tea poopers as well as the sorry ass demcrapers.. bunch of talk, but not damn action!