Texas law first, but it’s not Dream Act

Austin American-Statesman - - METRO & STATE - By Su­san Owen sowen@states­man.com Poli­tifact B send us tips

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.

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