Texas law first, but it’s not Dream Act
Texas’ political future isn’t necessarily painted Democratic blue, according to Juan Hernández, the co-founder of Hispanic Republicans of Texas.
Asked by The Dallas Morning News in a Nov. 8 interview whether demographics will soon change the state’s Republican hue, Hernández said, “No, because I see Texas (Republicans) moving very quickly to incorporating Hispanics.” Among his examples: “Texas passed a state Dream Act before any other state in the nation,” he said. “So Texas is diflerent.”
By phone, Hernández confirmed that he was talking about the 2001 Texas law (passed almost unanimously) that allows certain immigrants brought illegally to the United States as children to attend state colleges and universities at the same tuition rates as legal in-state residents.
Hernández, a Fort Worth native and Mexican-U.S. studies professor who was tapped in 2001 to be Mexico’s special adviser on migrant aflairs, said he was among many who supported the legislation. Spotted a questionable statement by a Texas political figure or about Texas politics? We’d like to hear about it. Send it to us at politifact@ statesman. com or 512445-3644.