Governor’s Race Issue: Immigration

Greg Abbott

  • Greg Abbott has focused most of his immigration and border security argument around the fight against human trafficking and cross-border drug cartels. On his website, Abbott’s campaign wrote, “Human trafficking is modern day slavery, and it a serious problem that afflicts not only Texas, but the rest of the nation. Greg Abbott will continue to crack down on this vile crime.”
  • His Securing Texans plan includes programs ranging from anti-gang initiatives to clearing out an invasive plant called Carrizo Cane. Those canes grow so thick near the border that some worry helps hide people crossing the border illegally from Border Patrol.
  • On his website, Abbot writes: “I will fight to secure our families, our communities, and our border – keeping out the drug cartels and gangs that import crime to our state, protecting your right to be safe in your own home, protecting your children in their schools, enforcing the rule of law and protecting those who cannot protect themselves.”

Wendy Davis

  • Davis’ campaign platform on immigration has 3 planks: border security, immigration reform, and protecting the Texas DREAM Act. According to her online position: Davis argued public safety resources should specifically focus on combating organized criminal activity.
  • She wants the U.S. Congress to pass a comprehensive immigration reform so people in the country illegally can eventually earn a legal status.
  • Finally, Davis wants to keep the Texas Dream Act in place. The 2001 law signed by Governor Perry allows children brought into the country by their parents to have access to in-state tuition to public universities in Texas.

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