A pro-amnesty organization is once again rearing its head into Texas politics, endorsing three Republican candidates for the Texas House. 

The LIBRE Initiative—along with its partner organization Americans for Prosperity—is heavily funded by the Koch network, which has repeatedly led “immigration reform” efforts in Washington, D.C., including granting permanent legal status for those in the country illegally.

Specifically marketing itself as a limited government advocacy organization targeted toward the Hispanic community, the LIBRE Initiative espouses these pro-amnesty positions on their issues page:

Creating a permanent solution for Dreamers: People deserve certainty and the ability to plan their lives. Yet Congress has taken more than 20 years to address this ongoing issue with a permanent legislative solution for Dreamers and those with Temporary Protective Status (TPS). We need a law that provides such certainty, including permanent status for Dreamers and TPS recipients, many of whom have lived in the U.S. for over two decades and have been contributors to our communities, and our nation’s fabric.

Addressing the undocumented population: Today’s immigration system keeps too many decent, industrious people from fully participating in the American experience. For those who want nothing more than to build a better future and contribute to our society, a permanent legislative solution is needed. We support a system that recognizes contributing members among the undocumented population, affording individuals an opportunity to come out of the shadows and get right with the law. 

On Thursday, State Rep. Mano DeAyala (R–Houston) touted the group’s endorsement, saying he was honored to be endorsed by an organization “dedicated to empowering the Hispanic community and advancing freedom-minded policies.“

Additionally, LIBRE has endorsed State Reps. John Lujan (R–San Antonio) and Janie Lopez (R–San Benito).

During the last election cycle in 2022, numerous Republican candidates in Texas—including State Sens. Mayes Middleton (Galveston), Pete Flores (Pleasanton), and Tan Parker (Flower Mound) rejected the group’s endorsement. 

As of publishing, DeAyala, Lujan, and Lopez have not responded for comment.

Brandon Waltens

Brandon serves as the Senior Editor for Texas Scorecard. After managing successful campaigns for top conservative legislators and serving as a Chief of Staff in the Texas Capitol, Brandon moved outside the dome in order to shine a spotlight on conservative victories and establishment corruption in Austin. @bwaltens