“Texas has a rich history of immigration, losing sight of that jeopardizes our economic future. We put Texas first when we put the rhetoric aside, honor our history, and empower Texas to be globally competitive,” Van de Putte said in a press release. She also noted her plan would fund “Texas’ responsibility to secure our communities, cracks down on criminals, holds Washington, D.C. to task, and supports economic initiatives that work.”Van de Putte’s proposal comes on the same day that Congressman Henry Cuellar, D-TX28, and U.S. Sen. John Cornyn filed legislation that would essentially make it easier to deport of thousands of unaccompanied Central American children crossing the border. Also on the federal level today, a group of Congressional Republicans, led by Texas Congresswoman Kay Granger, R-TX12, announced plans to recommend their own set of policies, including sending the National Guard to the border and amending a 2008 human trafficking law to make deportations easier.
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