|Houston Chronicle -- June 7, 2014
Fort Worth -- Republican delegates Saturday returned the state party back to endorsing a hard-line stance on immigration --- one that essentially guts a call for a guest worker program and endorses a prohibition on sanctuary cities along with ending in-state tuition for undocumented immigrants.
“What kind of message is that for Hispanic voters?” asked Norm Adams, a Houston-based immigration advocate who pushed for the guest worker plank. “As far as I'm concerned we've moved the party back 10 years.”
Viewed as a victory for factions of the far right, the state party adopted the immigration plank after hours of testy debate at its bi-annual convention.
Two years, ago delegates approved an immigration plank called the “Texas Solution,” which advocated for a temporary guest worker program.
It became the main target for tea party activists at this year's convention, who were not only intent with doing away with the guest worker plank but had hoped to return the party's official stance on immigration back to what it was in 2010.
“We won. They lost,” said Hollis Webber of Denton, who cheered the vote on the immigration plank while delegates around him were shaking their heads about what it included. “This changes makes sure the border is secured first, and that any guest worker program, if we have one, is far down the road until after the border is secured.”
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