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“The Texas Two-Step Regarding the Texas Solution in 2014” BigjollyPolitics

“The Texas Two-Step Regarding the Texas Solution in 2014″
BigjollyPolitics
MAY 30, 2014 BY Dale Huls

Last Thursday, the Clear Lake Tea Party (CLTP) and a few other invited activists sat down to a teleconference call initiated by Commissioner Todd Staples. It was his intention to reach out to tea party activists about the upcoming fight over the “Texas Solution” immigration plank prior to next week’s RPT convention. It made sense that Commissioner Staples would reach out to the CLTP since their Executive Board had endorsed him during the Lt. Governor’s Primary campaign.

Commissioner Staples expressed to the grassroots on the call, dissatisfaction with the “Texas Solution” plank in the 2012 Republican Party of Texas Platform and proposed a new “Border Security and Legal Workforce Reform” plank. Staples wanted to coalesce grassroots support behind the newly proposed immigration plank and manage the platform fight. He claimed that the proposed plank addressed all the earlier issues with the “Texas Solution” and would be the basis for resolving the flood of illegal aliens crossing our southern borders. It was his assumption that if the conservative grassroots and most establishment Republicans could get behind this new plank then a messy, contentious platform fight could be avoided.

Unfortunately, that was not a correct assumption and the tea party activists were having none of this. The shock on the faces of those on the CLTP end of the conversation was profound. Here was a former candidate for Texas Lt. Governor who had made border security one of his high-profile campaign issues championing an immigration policy that made no sense to those involved in border security issues. In reviewing the proposed plank, it became immediately apparent, as one activist put it, “This is nothing more than an erudite re-writing of the Texas Solution.” As with the Texas Solution, this new plank is a “market-based” approach to illegal immigration. Again, what is being proposed is a “guest worker” solution that would end illegal immigration if we can just give enough guest worker visas to all who sought them. It is incomprehensible to those who care about their State and their country to see the grand Republican solutions to the human tragedy and national security of illegal immigration centered on “cheap labor.” With approximately 40% of Americans dropping out of the job market, we are being asked to support more jobs for non-Americans. Although the proposed 2014 immigration plank intends to provide protection for American workers through a reformed visa system for which hiring foreign workers would cost more in visa fees than hiring Americans, there was no answer to the question of why would businesses pay more for a foreign worker visa when they can hire cheaply under the table just as they do today.

As the discussion turned to border security, we were further distressed to see that border security is addressed only in the vague and indeterminate language found in the original 2012 Texas Solutions plank. We made it clear to Commissioner Staples that the issues of border security and immigration reform must be addressed as two separate issues. While Staples initially agreed with this premise, it soon became apparent as we drilled down into the issues that he really did not agree on this point. He indicated that there could be no movement on border security without immigration reform (otherwise known as comprehensive immigration reform). We challenged the Commissioner that his proposed border security and immigration plank only addressed the issue from an economic perspective in that all border violators were economic immigrants looking to provide for their families rather than the true scope which includes drug cartel members, multi-national gang members, criminals, drug smuggling mules (willing and forced), human traffickers and their victims. How can the Republican Party gain respect in the Hispanic and Asian communities if all that is talked about is “cheap labor” and not the sickness that plague their communities. Consequently, we were told by Commissioner Staples that it was impossible to “close” the border. He said the 2000 mile border (really 1200 miles in Texas) was unenforceable and that a “market-based” answer was the only feasible solution to minimizing illegal border crossings. Really, the ancient Chinese built the Great Wall of China to keep out the barbarian hordes, the Roman’s built Hadrian’s Wall to defend against the Picts, and the Israelis’ have built their security walls against Islamic terrorists. Even the USSR built an “iron-curtain” to keep people in. To say that America does not have the ability to close a border is ridiculous. We pointed out “Operation Strong Safety” which reduced illegal border by 80 – 90% showed that DPS could manage the border. Staples disparaged the DPS operation and claimed it wouldn’t work on a larger scale. Wow! We brought up the border fence and he said that ranchers on the border prevent a contiguous fence from being built because of individual property rights issues. He even said that he was against any Federal or State intrusion onto his property to police the border and protect our national security. At this point, one of our members stated that if a private individual would prevent our borders from being secure they could be considered “un-American.” At this point, we got a real rise out of the Commissioner who took offense at the implication. If you can take an individual’s property to put in a shopping mall, eminent domain should surely cover the land needed to put up a fence!

Finally, we noted that this new proposal goes even further than the 2012 version by adding language to provide so-called “dreamers” a path to citizenship and modernize legal points of entry rather than addressing all the illegal entry points. Although we did not directly address these issues with Commissioner Staples, this is clearly a direct call for amnesty for some illegals. Ostensibly, this language in the Republican Party plank directly codifies the Obama Administration’s stance regarding the children of illegal aliens. It is this very attitude that is causing the tsunami of children crossing the border illegally causing the Federal government to jump through hoops in order to feed and house these minors. The fact that policies such as this encourage illegal immigration – not discourage it.

Ultimately, while we are sure this conversation did not go the way Commissioner Staples intended it to go, it was extremely enlightening to the grassroots participants. We believe that this is an attempt to “manage” the upcoming Texas Solution plank debate with the Party leadership orchestrating a false dichotomy between two choices that are, in essence, the same. The question to tea parties, conservative grassroots, indeed, the Republican Party at large is what you believe in with respect to the questions of border security and immigration reform. Do you think that the Republican panacea to the immigration issue and subsequent electoral success resides in a “guest worker” solution? Do you think that border security and legal immigration reform are inseparable? Do you think that America cannot “close” its southern border? If you do, then support the Party leadership and business interests and back either version of the Texas Solution.

However, if you believe that the 2014 immigration plank is a continuation of moderate Republican policies that seek to appease progressives and big business, then you must join in the effort to rebuke this approach and provide a real Texas solution. If you believe that Texas border security must be the first step in solving the overall illegal immigration issue, then it is up to you to see that this is the lynchpin of any RPT Platform plank addressing this issue. Rather than offering platitudes regarding border security we should be offering real solutions for securing our border. These could include:

Offering Federal block grants to States to protect the border
Call for increased funding to allow the Texas DPS to expand the pilot program Operation Strong Safety to a permanent surge
Close legal ports of entry until Mexico begins to police its side of the border
Stop the promise of amnesty
Ask the Federal Government for an accounting of all illegal aliens captured on Texas soil.
But what can the grassroots do with the convention so close? First of all, immediately begin contacting your Senate District 2014 Temporary Platform Committee members and find out if they support the Texas Solution or not. If they do, begin organizing your convention delegates to vote in a different Permanent Platform Committee member who is against the plank. At the convention, elect SREC Committeemen and Committee women who stand against this approach. Encourage all to change the language from economic migrants to the true bane of illegal immigration that is manifest in drugs, crime, and human slavery. And finally, confront our politicians and candidates regarding their support or non-support for the Texas Solution. These are men and women of standing within the Republican Party and should not shy away from making a stand that so divides us today. Many of them have made promises to get elected or gather in the Party nomination. They can influence the outcome regarding what is in the 2014 Republican Party of Texas Platform. Ultimately, this is on you, the Texas activist, to decide what message you want to send to the rest of America.

Dale Huls is a founding member of the Clear Lake Tea Party.”
http://bigjollypolitics.com/2014/05/30/texas-two-step-regarding-texas-solution-2014/

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Update: Dale Huls on “United Texans TEA Party” mailer

UPDATE: United Texans Tea Party Mailer May 19, 2014 11:07pm

From Dale Huls:
“Folks, in the interest of truth and transparency, I wish to provide an update to my earlier email regarding the mailer that has caused such a controversy over the last couple of days. Due to the diligence of one of my tea party friends, she uncovered an issue in my earlier statement regarding the involvement of the Tea Party Express and the TeaParty.Net in the funding of this mailer as stated earlier.

When I was contacted about the mailer, one of the first things I asked was “who is funding this?” In a subsequent phone call, I was told that the Tea Party Express and TeaParty.Net were involved in this effort which I reported in today’s email. However, my friend (who is a Patrick supporter) dug deeper and contacted both groups to verify my earlier claims. What she found out was that they claimed to have no knowledge or involvement regarding the flyer in question. Furthermore, she sent me statements from both organizations verifying their non involvement (see below). My friend gave me time to contact the person who originally approached me to get their side of the story. As it turns out, it was claimed that when I asked who was behind this flyer that he was still talking about organizations that could be involved. Misunderstanding or miscommunication – I don’t know.

So now I know that no national tea party organizations were involved, I asked the question again, “who is funding this mailer?” At this point I was told that unnamed donors were responsible for the funding and he would not reveal their names. So was it the Koch brothers, Karl Rove, George Soros, or the Easter Bunny…who the hell knows because I surely don’t. That is the truth.

I thought I had checked this out beforehand. I Googled the dude and found that he had a Tea Party Express affiliation and just assumed this was legit. For this I apologize. If I had been told that unnamed donors were behind this, Mary and I never would have assisted with the flyer by giving it a Texas return address.

Finally, while the origins of the mailer may be sketchy, I still endorse the slate of candidates it represents. I have no knowledge, proof, or suspicion that any of the four candidate’s campaigns was involved in the manufacture and mailing of this flyer. Do not make any unfounded assumptions…just look at me when I made an assumption.

Again I want to thank my friend for sharing this information with me and allowing me to tell you the truth myself. As a Patrick supporter, she could have certainly ambushed me and attacked my integrity and truthfulness. I don’t lie. Whether you agree with me or not, I tell the truth as I know it. When I make a mistake it is an honest one. I hope my friend understands how much I value her faith in me.

The following are the statements from two tea party organizations regarding this issue:
It has been incorrectly stated that TheTeaParty.Net was part of a group of organizations involved with funding a recent Texas mailer under the banner of “The United Texas Tea Party.” TheTeaParty.Net had nothing to do with this mailer in any regard. We ask that anyone who has spread this misinformation to send communications correcting the record.

Todd Cefaratti, Founder & President, TheTeaParty.net

“[This person] is a fundraising consultant that does help us from time to time. He called around to Tea Party groups to see whether there was support for this, but didn’t find enough support.

So we told him that we were not interested after checking around with Tea Party people in Texas, we found that there was mostly support for Patrick over Dewhurst and even some division in the Christian race… we decided to decline it.”

Sal Russo
Founder, Tea Party Express

Dale Huls”

Original
“To all concerned,

Recently I was contacted about the possibility of the Clear Lake Tea Party sponsoring a mailer regarding four statewide races of whose candidates we endorsed. I was told that their was a potential 700,000 Statewide distribution list that we could reach out to for our endorsed candidates.

This flyer was funded primarily by the following national groups: Vision for America, Tea Party Express and Tea Party.Net. They were looking to give a Texas flavor since several Texas tea parties had endorsed this slate and asked the CLTP to sponsor this at no cost to the CLTP. Ultimately, the CLTP Board decided to not sign on to the mailer as they objected to language of describing the four candidates as “Tea Party Champions”. Although we endorsed these candidates as the best opportunity to further tea party goals and objectives for the next four years, Wayne Christen is the only candidate that has actually got down in the trenches with the tea party and can be considered a legitimate “Tea Party Champion”.

Therefore, the mailer was sent out under the name of “United Texans Tea Party” as an umbrella group specifically formed to manage the mailer and give voice to those tea parties and tea party activists that are supporting these candidates. Mary and I were asked to supply a return address on the mailer and we decided to let them use Mary’s old campaign P.O. Box address.

I know that many Tea Party opponents of Lt. Gov. Dewhurst and erstwhile supporters of Dan Patrick are calling this mailer a “dirty trick” and are claiming that the Lt. Gov campaign team has sent this flyer out. They are simply assuming this to be the case without any evidence or facts to back up their assumptions. I did not have any discussions with the campaign’s of any of these candidates but only with a representative of the Tea Party Express regarding this flyer.

I personally do not have a problem with national tea party groups helping out those local Texas tea parties who have made choices for which there is agreement. If Senator Cruz had not received out of State help in his successful run for Senate he may have not prevailed at all. Now, I believe that David Dewhurst was not elected to the Senate so that he could learn from his experience and continue to serve Texas as Lt. Gov. Consequently, if I do not condem Senator Cruz for receiving out of State help, how can I condem the Lt. Gov. I do not understand the hysteria from other Texas Tea Party organizations regarding legitimate tea party support for the Lt. Governor. In our opinion, Dan Patrick is not a tea party “savior” and we have made our own thoughtful choice in this matter. It would be the height of hubris to assume that all tea parties in Texas are of a single mind when it comes to the endorsement of candidates. In many tea parties opinion, Debra Medina was a hands down favorite of the tea party, yet, some tea parties threw their support to Glen Hegar for TX Comptroller. And in the last Senate race with Cornyn, some tea parties chose Stovall and others chose Stockman.

We do not seek a savior, we make our own best choices. Yet, we are ever mindful of the higher principles and values that do unite all tea parties in Texas. While we seek solutions to the ills and problems that challenge our beloved State, please allow us the independence and freedom of choice to act in those ways we think is best for our State. I hope that the tea parties of Texas do not start to enforce their own brand of “political correctness” and “orthodoxy” in the liberty movement of Texas.

Be at peace and support your candidate as best you can. Let’s not turn differences in candidate choices into a blood sport. In the long run, no matter who is elected, the Texas tea parties must continue to work together to make Texas strong.

Dale Huls”

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