Andres Mijares, left, and Joseph Cruz, right, join others during a march and rally during an immigration protest, Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, in Austin, Texas. Immigrants around the U.S. stayed home from work and school Thursday to demonstrate how important they are to America's economy and way of life, and many businesses closed in solidarity, in a nationwide protest called A Day Without Immigrants. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

The Texas Protestors Should Be Deported

If you’re holding up signs bragging that you are an illegal alien while protesting a state legislature and disrupting its proceedings, you should be deported. You are admitting you are an illegal alien and you are disrupting the legitimate legislative functions of a state government. I do not have sympathy for you.

Concurrently, we should note that Texas’s Republican majority has long survived by being at peace with its hispanic voters. As certain Republican politicians in the state legislature try to advance their own careers through anti-immigrant sentiment, they risk Republican standing with Texas’s hispanic voters. They will need to walk carefully on this issue.

It is notable that Texas Republicans decided to make sanctuary cities a hill to die on instead of school choice or property tax reform or even laws undercutting local government hostility to services like Uber and Lyft. Instead, they chose an issue that undercuts their standing with a large part of their population and is actually not a huge issue within the Texas GOP as a whole.

Lastly, we should not let any of this distract us from the Republicans pursuing this issue while ignoring compromise legislation that would have stopped boys from entering girls’ bathrooms. They would rather break apart a Texas coalition of Republicans across the state on immigration issues than anger Silicon Valley giants, even though there is popular support for such bathroom restrictions.

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