May 4th, 2017
Today on the Senate floor, I discussed the bipartisan legislation to fund the government, which includes additional funding for border security and defense, and the importance of free trade agreements to Texas. Excerpts of...
April 27th, 2017
On Tuesday I introduced the Ensuring Lawful Collection of Hidden Assets to Provide Order (EL CHAPO) Act. The bill would reserve any amounts forfeited to the U.S.
February 28th, 2017
Recent threats targeting Jewish Community Centers and vandalism of Jewish cemeteries, as well as last week's shooting in Kansas City, remind us that while we may be a Nation divided on policies, we are a country that stands...
January 30th, 2017
Donald Trump has formally ordered up his border wall built and it could cost the federal government as much as $30 billion. Top Republicans in the Texas Legislature have for months speculated that walling off the U.S.-Mexico...
January 4th, 2017
Tuesday, I introduced H.R. 22 the Support More Assets, Resources and Technology on the Border Act, also known as the SMART Border Act.
December 29th, 2016
Since 2004, when Bush garnered slightly over two of every five Hispanic voters, Republicans have lost ground among Hispanic voters over the next election cycles.
December 1st, 2016
Control breeds confidence which leads to more open immigration.
October 5th, 2016
Creating a legal pathway for lower-skilled workers to come and work greatly reduces unlawful immigration.
March 31st, 2016
Republican frontrunner Donald Trump claims he is going to build a wall along the border and get Mexico to pay for it.
May 1st, 2017
When the Founding Fathers wrote the Bill of Rights, they provided American citizens with protections for individual liberties including free speech, the right to bear arms, and more. The Fourth Amendment protects Americans...
March 29th, 2017
The campaign promises of President Donald J. Trump to construct a physical barrier along the international boundary with Mexico – yes, a border wall – are now turning into actual requests for proposals by the federal...
February 24th, 2017
Last week I participated in several events in the Rio Grande Valley, where I visited with agriculture leaders, business owners, and border mayors, and received briefings from U.S. Border Patrol (USBP) Rio Grande Valley...
January 25th, 2017
President Trump signed an executive order Wednesday on his central campaign promise that directs federal agencies to begin constructing a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.
December 30th, 2016
We don’t know how John Kelly will attempt to tackle the issue of illegal immigration besides support for more border security. If he wants to be known as the man foremost responsible for ending illegal immigration in modern...
December 15th, 2016
Focusing on border security, ignoring calls for interior enforcement that will cause chaos and panic, and supporting a conservative guest worker visa program will allow [Trump] to declare victory without alienating the...
October 19th, 2016
I recently wrote a piece about the increase in guest workers and the remarkably consistent level of entries, legal and illegal, of workers and new lawful permanent residents. The main choice the U.S.
May 27th, 2016
The family of slain U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry may finally see some light at the end of the tunnel after Republican presidential presumptive nominee Donald Trump promised them some answers.
February 19th, 2016
"Using a grieving father to accuse Joe Straus of a horrific murder committed by a career criminal is deplorable and irresponsible."
February 1st, 2016
U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Air and Marine Operations (AMO) division announced late last week it is testing a program to operate Predator drones from a civilian airport in San Angelo, Texas.