As the co-author of the HB1403 ,also know as the Texas Dream Act that allows instate tuition for any high school student who graduates from a Texas high school.This allows students who came here at 2 or 5 years of age a opportunity to go to college. Today our new Lt. Governor Dan Patrick has announced that as part of his anti-Hispanic /immigrant campaign he will move to repeal this act. Today over 16,000 mainly Latino students are in college because of this law,its now the law in 9 states.We need to mobilize as many progressive groups as we can to fight this during the upcoming session.We will need to wage a unconventional political and civil disobedience campaign to stop it. If you wish to join our efforts to stop it email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 214-941-8300. Domingo Garcia former State Rep.
Kolkhorst: Abbott supports repeal, ‘toughening’ of Texas DREAM Act
State Sen.-elect Lois Kolkhorst, R-Brenham
AUSTIN — State Sen.-elect Lois Kolkhorst, laying out her priorities since winning a promotion to the upper chamber, said Wednesday she anticipates a “big revamp or repeal” of the Texas law allowing in-state tuition for illegal immigrants — a move that has the blessing of Gov.-elect Greg Abbott.
“We are definitely looking to modify that bill, and Governor Abbott has told me he would sign it – whether that be a complete repeal or a toughening of the standards,” said Kolkhorst, a Republican state representative from Brenham who emerged victorious from a five-way race Saturday to replace incoming Comptroller Glenn Hegar.
Responding to a report that Lt. Gov.-elect Dan Patrick had “personally pre-assigned” her to lead the charge against the measure — known as the Texas DREAM Act — Kolkhorst said she has been in talks with Abbott and Patrick about the issue but has not been tapped for any specific position, formal or informal.
“Whatever role the lieutenant governor wants me to play on the issue, I will play,” Kolkhorst said, predicting in-state tuition for illegal immigrants will be just one of several border-related issues that will factor prominently into the upcoming legislative session.
While Patrick has vowed to repeal the DREAM Act, Abbott’s position has been less straightforward. During his second gubernatorial debate with Democratic opponent Wendy Davis, he said he would not veto a repeal of the law if it came to his desk. His campaign has previously expressed a need to reform the measure but stopped short of calling for getting rid of it.
Abbott’s transition team did not respond Wednesday to a request for clarification on his position on the issue.
Kolkhorst’s closest competitor in the special election, GOP businessman Gary Gates, helped make border security and immigration two of the most contentious issues in the race, tapping his personal fortune to attack Kolkhorst over her 2001 vote in favor of the DREAM Act. She has expressed regret over supporting the law that some of her new colleagues in the Senate are now poised to seriously revisit.
A seven-term lawmaker, Kolkhorst said she was surprised Gates poured more than $1.7 million of his own money into the race, adding she does not typically see a “self-funder who’s willing to go all in.” She said her campaign stuck to its original budget, which called for spending between $900,000 and $1 million.