As the wait continues for Texas Democrats to release their official party platform, their temporary platform previews extreme immigration policies. 

Illegal immigration is currently one of the biggest issues facing Texas. With the influx of drugs coming across the border and record numbers of people being detained and released, attention has been focused on the crisis at the southern border.

But while Texas Republicans made securing the border one of their legislative priorities at their convention last month, Texas Democrats are taking the opposite approach, with platform policy proposals to make it easier to stay in the country illegally as well as increasing the burden that Texas taxpayers pay for illegal aliens currently in the state.

As part of the drafted platform,  Democrats call for the expanded access under Obamacare to illegal immigrants and DACA recipients. 

They also call for abolishing reentry bans for nonviolent illegal immigrants, as well as allowing illegal immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses. 

Meanwhile, just last year, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton released data showing that Texans spend over $850 million for illegal immigration, including hospital bills and housing. 

Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke, the Democrat candidate for Texas governor, is a strong proponent of keeping the border open. He has recently criticized the border wall built under Trump as “racist” and said he would like to tear down the wall separating El Paso from Juarez.  Texas Democrats have echoed this, calling the project a waste of taxpayer money. 

However, the same party that claims they want to save taxpayers money on the wall is the same one advocating for paying for healthcare, housing, food, and education for illegal aliens. 

Texas alone spends around $31 million to $63 million on unaccompanied illegal alien children’s education. 

Additionally, Texas Democrats support rewarding illegal immigrants with in-state tuition at public universities. 

While the party was unable to officially pass the platform during their convention last week due to a lack of attendance to constitute a quorum. Texas Democrat Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa says a committee will be formed in the coming weeks to consider and approve the proposed changes to the party platform.

Emily Wilkerson

Emily is a summer fellow for Texas Scorecard. She is a senior at the University of Oklahoma, studying journalism with a minor in political science. She enjoys investigative journalism and making sure that every side of a story is being told.

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