#8 Explain in detail from the Payan article why Texas takes moderate view on immigration. . Students must provide three reasons at a minimum.
There are several reasons why Republican-dominated Texas has a moderate stance on immigration. One explanation is that the relatively conservative Republican Party has been split between Tea Party conservatives and the influential Texas business community. The Tea Party stands for strict immigration laws while the business community tends to value immigration in respect of economic reasons. Secondly, local law enforcement agencies have their own concerns-that their further role as immigrant agents would steer citizens away from reporting crime in their communities. The number of local agreements, from law enforcement agencies to detect and detain undocumented immigrants, appears to be low in Texas. This signifies the state’s unwillingness to participate in anti-immigration movements. In fact, a ...view middle of the document...
Therefore, the more Hispanics and other minorities in Texas the more Democratic power, leading to more liberal and moderate laws. Even though recent research does not show current, significant influence of the minority vote, their growing populations foreshadow enormous political influence for them in the future. The rapid growing population of Hispanics and other minorities partly explains reason number four for Texas’ moderate view on immigration. With more votes coming in for Democrats, Republicans find it more convenient to keep silent instead of pushing anti-immigration laws. The Republican Party sees it as harmful to express their conservative views of immigration because the population of immigration supporters in Texas is growing. Republicans would surely lose their political dominance if they did not correspond with the generally liberal stance pertaining to immigration; much support would be lost. When taking all of these reasons into effect, it is easy to understand the Texas strategy of moderate immigration policies.
#9. Use facts learned from the articles to explain your opinion of undocumented immigration and in-state tuition. At a minimum, students must provide three reasons for their opinion.
After reading and learning of the different viewpoints of immigration, I have formed the opinion that, even though I would normally advocate for state sovereignty, undocumented immigrants should not have the opportunity to receive in-state tuition and other financial benefits. Opponents, including me, feel that by granting in-state benefits to unauthorized immigrants, states are rewarding them for living illegally in the United States. It is illegal for immigrants to live in the U.S. without taking appropriate action and earning the right to be legal. Therefore, states should not condone undocumented immigrants living in their state and using benefits that should belong to individuals that legally live in the U.S. Furthermore, I see it as unnecessary to provide postsecondary education benefits to this group of people if they are not able to find a job after earning a college degree. Undocumented immigrants should simply go through the process of being legalized to become eligible for residency and higher education benefits.