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A DECLARATION OF FIVE PRINCIPLES TO GUIDE THE IMMIGRATION DISCUSSION IN TEXAS

We the undersigned, citizens and residents of the great State of Texas and members of its civil body politic, in an effort to assure the success and strength of our state, do establish the following principles as our guidelines for Texas’ immigration policy and public discourse.

FEDERAL SOLUTIONS

We urge Texas’ congressional delegation to lead efforts to strengthen federal laws, secure our national borders and develop policies that establish a path toward legal status for those who qualify and who ultimately wish to become permanent residents. We urge state leaders to adopt humane and pragmatic policies addressing immigrants in Texas, given the positive role they play in Texas’ economy.

LAW ENFORCEMENT

We respect the rule of law and support law enforcement’s professional judgment and discretion. We do, however, ask Texas law enforcement to distinguish between the criminals who prey upon our fellow Texans and undocumented immigrants who are otherwise law-abiding members of our communities. We support federal documentation and background checks for those applying for temporary or permanent residence.

FAMILIES

Strong families are the foundation of successful communities. We oppose policies that unnecessarily separate immediate families. We champion policies that support families and improve the health, education and well-being of all of Texas’ children.

ECONOMY

Texas has always been best served by a free market philosophy that maximizes individual freedom and opportunity. We acknowledge the positive economic role immigrants play as high-skilled and low-skilled workers, entrepreneurs, consumers and taxpayers. We encourage initiatives that would provide Texas businesses with a secure and legal workforce, comprised of both temporary and permanent workers. Texas supports immigration policies that reaffirm our global reputation as a welcoming and business friendly state.

A FREE SOCIETY

Immigrants have always been and are now an integral part of communities across Texas. We must adopt a sensible and fair approach to this reality as we address the dilemma of undocumented immigrants within our state, and we support measures that encourage them to integrate into society through English language programs and citizenship courses.

THESE PRIORITIES

reflect our unique cultural and historical ties to immigrants from all over the world as well as our commitment to a fully democratic political system.

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