The Issues

Texas welcomes Everybody

I stand for a Texas where everybody who works hard and plays by the rules is welcome. Since the days of Moses & Stephen F. Austin, Sam Houston, Juan Seguín, and Lorenzo de Zavala, Texas—first as a republic and then foremost of all states in America—has been an open state: a land of opportunity. Texas takes all comers from all backgrounds to participate in its great project, one that is not hidebound by outmoded ideas about who goes to which church or who came from the “right” family. Texas is an exceptional place in an exceptional country. Texas is a place where everybody—no matter the color of your skin, your last name, or your religious practices, whether your forefathers were the sons of former slaves or the sons of former slave-owners—should be welcome. We must all be treated by the same set of rules, treated the same way by government officials, judges, and police.

Thankfully in cities like Lubbock and Abilene, we’ve got great police who do a good job of keeping the peace fairly. But we know not every community is so lucky, and it is not the plan of the Trump-Republican machine to keep it that way for us. The checkpoints and identity checks they want to impose, an enormous expansion of bureaucracy and red tape, are not only designed to hound people whose only offense is having been being born on the other side of some river or ocean, but also to to target American citizens of certain ethnic backgrounds and oppress them politically and civically. The radical new extremist ideology that has infected certain branches of American conservatism is bent upon targeting even US citizens it considers to be less entitled to live here than others. And besides, wading through many years’ worth of paperwork just to come here and go to work is not the American dream; it is the kind of excessive regulation that strangles it.

I stand against that. Everybody who’s here to play by the rules and contribute to our communities should be welcome, and all American citizens should be treated equally. We need to fix an immigration system that has created a separate tier of American workers, who have been driven into the shadows of society and who can be mistreated just because they are undocumented. And most of all, for the sake of our country’s future and Texas’s future, we need to make sure that anyone who arrived undocumented as a child is fast-tracked to full rights so that nothing holds them back from education, employment, and equal participation in the great civic and economic enterprise that is Texas.

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