STATE REPS DEMAND STRONGER BORDER ENFORCEMENT
by Scott Bennett    Thu, Oct 20, 2005, 10:33 PM

Eleven members of the Texas House of Representatives in Austin have sent a letter to President Bush and members of the Texas Congressional Delegation calling on the President to do more to stem the tide of illegal immigration in Texas. The signers of the letter include five Dallas-area state representatives: Bill Keffer, Linda Harper-Brown, Jodie Laubenberg, Jim Jackson, and Ken Paxton.

The state legislators point out that there are an estimated 1.2 million illegal immigrants living in Texas, a 71% increase since 1996. According to the Texas legislators, this has imposed a huge financial burden on our state. They cite a report in their letter which claims that, in Harris County, illegal aliens account for 23% of the hospital patients there, “costing $330 million over the last three years.” The legislators call for stronger measures to address the problems of illegal immigration, noting that a recent Texas poll showed that 61% of respondents said that “the federal government is not doing enough to stop the flow.”

[COPY OF LETTER - PDF 7.0 required]

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