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Pragmatic Approach to Texas's Immigration


The Wall Street Journal's article Texas's Immigration Choices illustrates their agreement and support for Texas's Governor Rick Perry and his position on immigration and border state control. The author has stated, “We think Mr. Perry's positions reflect those of a border state executive taking a pragmatic approach to the economic realities of immigration.” Although Governor Perry's approach is just and has some practicality, it is not appropriately pragmatic and needs to be adjusted.

Approach of Practicality

In the issue of immigration, the author points out that additional security measures such as more fences or barriers will not solve the issue of illegal immigration. Although such measures have had some effect in restraining immigrants from passing our borders, illegal immigrants are still driven to enter illegally through the benefits of opportunity and desire for work. “In 2001, Texas passed the nation's first state law that allowed undocumented high school graduates to pay in-state tuition at public colleges and universities.” Governor Perry's rationale behind this program is that “state residents are thought to be deserving of a subsidy because they pay sales taxes, property taxes and other fees to support state institutions that non-state residents don't pay. Especially in a state like Texas that has no income tax, illegal aliens are more likely to bear a larger share of the tax burden than their counterparts in most other states.” This reasoning is very logical and benefits the state and its residence as a whole, citizen or not.

According to the Pew Hispanic Center, “Most of the children of the illegal immigrants are U.S. Citizens by birth, but as of 2008 there 1.5 million children in the U.S. who are illegal.” Such a statement does not serve to be reliable, due to the fact that its data is from 3 years ago. It holds no weight nor validity in the present time. “The Supreme Court...
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