This is the Preamble, the opening statement to the platform:
Affirming our belief in God, we still hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are
endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of
Happiness. Throughout the world, people dare to dream of freedom and opportunity. The Republican Party of Texas
unequivocally defends that dream. We strive to preserve the freedom given to us by God, implemented by our
Founding Fathers, and embodied in the Constitution. We recognize that the traditional family is the strength of our
nation. It is our solemn duty to protect innocent life and develop responsible citizens. We understand that our
We, the 2016 Republican Party of Texas, believe in this platform and expect our elected leaders to uphold these truths through acknowledgment and action. We believe in:
PRESERVING AMERICAN FREEDOM
LIMITING THE EXPANSE OF GOVERNMENT POWER
REFORMING THE JUDICIAL SYSTEM
Here we will cover - Restoring Integrity to Our Elections (Planks 59 - 77), Honoring The Symbols of Our American and Texas Heritage (planks 78), Strengthening Families Protecting Life, and Promoting Health - Celebrating Traditional Marriage (Planks 79 - 100), Protecting Our Children (Planks 101 - 104), Assisting Families to Self Sufficiency (Planks 105 - 110), Empowering Families to Direct Their Health Care (Planks 111 - 116).
RESTORING INTEGRITY TO OUR ELECTIONS
HONORING THE SYMBOLS OF OUR AMERICAN AND TEXAN HERITAGE
STRENGTHENING FAMILIES, PROTECTING LIFE, AND PROMOTING HEALTH
CELEBRATING TRADITIONAL MARRIAGE
PROTECTING OUR CHILDREN
ASSISTING FAMILIES TO SELF SUFFICIENCY
EMPOWERING FAMILIES TO DIRECT THEIR HEALTH CARE
EDUCATING OUR CHILDREN
LOCAL CONTROL AND TRANSPARENCY OF CURRICULUM AND FUNDING
117. Local Control for Education-Quality education is best achieved by encouraging parental involvement, protecting parental rights and maximizing local independent school district (ISD) control. District superintendents and staff should be made solely accountable to their locally elected boards. We support sensible consolidation of local school districts. We encourage local ISDs to consider carefully the advantages and disadvantages of accepting federal money.
118. Basic Standards- The educational system should focus on basic standards which include, but is not limited to: a curriculum of reading (with an emphasis on phonics), spelling, writing, the arts, music, literature, mathematics, geography, economics, civics, and United States and World History. We encourage teaching critical thinking skills, including logic, rhetoric and analytical sciences within these subjects.
119. Career and Technology Education- We support career and technology education in public school and ask for consideration to be given to public/private partnerships to better serve Texans in their career options.
120. Funding- We support a simple, fair, and efficient method for financing our public school system. School districts that have an adequate tax base should be free to manage their finances without any state recapture of local funds. Those districts that do not have sufficient tax base should be provided resources from general state revenues to meet the Texas Constitution’s requirement of an efficient system of public free schools.
121. Permanent School Fund- Since the Permanent School Fund is not paid by taxpayers, the principle balance should be safeguarded and not viewed as a source of additional funding for our state budget, but for its constitutionally intended purposes of instructional materials.
122. Scientific Theories- We support objective teaching and equal treatment of all sides of scientific theories, such as life origins and environmental change. These should be taught as challengeable scientific theories subject to change as new data is produced. Teachers and students should be able to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of these theories openly and without fear of retribution or discrimination of any kind.
123. Foreign Culture Charter Schools- Charter schools should have accountability and transparency to local parents, taxpayers, and the State of Texas, as do current public schools, including United States citizenship of public school trustees. We oppose public funding of charter schools which receive money from foreign entities.
124. National Core Curriculum- We oppose use of national or international standards in the State of Texas (i.e. Common Core, CSCOPE, United Nations Inclusion, etc.) We also oppose the modification of college entrance exams to reflect any national core philosophies. Any ISDs that violate state law banning the use of a national core curriculum or standards shall lose all state funding until said curriculum or standards are removed and no longer utilized in classrooms.
125. Textbook Approval and Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS)- The Texas Education Code (TEC) must be amended to empower the State Board of Education (SBOE) to require each ISD that adopts non-state approved instructional materials to conform to the SBOE higher approval process to protect citizens’ right to petition, correct factual errors, prevent corruption and fulfill legislative intent in the TEC. Local ISD Boards must hold public hearings prior to adoption on such materials and citizens should have access to review classroom materials upon request at any time. We encourage the Texas Legislature to develop a review and compliance process to ensure that Texas’ local school districts’ curriculum complies with the TEKS standards and if not funding should be denied.
PARENTAL RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITY
126. Responsibility of the State in Education- The State of Texas shall acknowledge that the education of children is primarily the responsibility of parents/guardians. The state’s role is to help facilitate that responsibility, without interference.
127. Parental Rights – The rights of parents to raise and educate their children is fundamental.
1. Parents have the right to withdraw and/or opt-out their child from any specialized program or psychological testing.
2. The State of Texas shall protect, at all costs, the privacy of its students, requiring written parental consent for student participation in any test or questionnaire that survey beliefs, feelings, or opinions.
3. We oppose mandatory pre-school and kindergarten.
4. We oppose teaching of values clarification that focus on behavior modification.
5. Taxpayer rights include the ability to review course materials and curriculum at any time.
6. We urge the legislature to enact penalties for violation of these rights.
128. Health Care- Legislators shall prohibit reproductive health care services, including counseling, referrals, and distribution of condoms and contraception through public schools. We support parents’ right to choose, without penalty, which medications are administered to their minor children.
129. Sex Education- We respect parental authority regarding sex education. We support the teaching of biology of reproduction and abstinence until marriage. We should prohibit entities and their affiliates that contradict our beliefs from conducting sex education and/or teacher training in public schools. We oppose all policies and curriculum that teach alternate lifestyles including homosexuality, transgender and other non-traditional lifestyles as normal.
AMERICAN IDENTITY, PATRIOTISM
130. American Identity- We favor strengthening our common American identity, which includes the contribution and assimilation of diverse racial and ethnic groups. Students shall pledge allegiance to the United States and Texas flags daily to instill patriotism. Students have the right to display patriotic items on school property.
131. Bilingual Education- We encourage non-English speaking students to transition, via best practices, to English within one year, allowing them to quickly assimilate and succeed in American society.
132. Traditional Principles in Education- We support school subjects with emphasis on the Judeo-Christian principles upon which America was founded and which form the basis of America’s legal, political, and economic systems. We support curricula that are heavily weighted on original founding documents, including the Declaration of Independence, the United States Constitution, and Founders’ writings. We strongly oppose lionizing any of the world’s great religious groups, and demonizing another, in so much as it discriminates one over another.
133. Special Treatment- Our state universities and public schools shall not make special concessions based on religious practices, which create undue burdens and costs for the institution.
134. College Tuition- We oppose in-state college tuition for illegal aliens.
135. Equal Access- All Texas students shall have equal access to all state supported grants, scholarships and loans, based upon measurable academic criteria. Illegal aliens shall not be eligible for state or federal grants. We support the suspension of Federal funding from universities that prohibit military recruitment on campus.
136. Higher Education- We support Texas college admissions based solely on merit. We oppose restrictions on free speech and support unencumbered discourse while opposing penalties or other retributions for such in institutions of higher learning.
137. Tenure- We support frequent post-tenure review to maintain the quality of the teaching staff.
138. Facility Utilization- We support public school facilities such as restrooms, locker rooms and showers being reserved for the use of students based on biological birth gender.
139. Juvenile Daytime Curfew- We strongly oppose juvenile daytime curfews.
140. Political Community Organizing- Texas public schools shall not be used nor their students instructed by outside groups or other community organizers as instruments to promote political agendas during the instructional school day.
141. Religious Freedom in Public Schools- We urge school administrators and officials not to infringe on Texas school students’ and staff’s 1st Amendment rights to pray and engage in religious speech, individually or in groups, on school property without government interference. We urge the legislature to end censorship of discussion of religion in our founding documents and encourage discussing those documents, including the Bible as their basis. Students and district personnel have the right to display religious items on school property.
142. University Interscholastic League (UIL) Participation- We encourage the legislature to investigate ways to allow nonpublic school students to participate in UIL activities, presuming adherence to the same academic standards and review required of public school students.
143. State Board of Education (SBOE)- We believe that the SBOE should continue to be an elected body consisting of fifteen members. Their responsibilities must include:
1. Appointing the Commissioner of Education
2. Maintaining constitutional authority over the Permanent School Fund
3. Maintaining sole authority over all curricula content and the state adoption of all educational materials. This process must include public hearings.
4. The SBOE should be minimally staffed out of general revenue.
144. Supporting Military Families in Education- Existing truancy laws conflict with troop deployments. We believe that truancy laws should be amended to allow 5 day absence prior to deployments and rest and relaxation. We support the waiver of out-of-state tuition for any dependent of military personnel stationed in Texas.
145. United States Department of Education- Since education is not an enumerated power of the federal government, we believe the Department of Education (DOE) should be abolished, and prohibit the transfer of any of its functions to any other federal agency.
146. Zero Tolerance- Because zero tolerance policies fail to take circumstances into account for punishment, we oppose zero tolerance policies.
147. We believe that all children should have access to quality education. We support the right to choose public, private, charter, or home education. We support the distribution of educational funds in a manner that they follow the student to any school, whether public, private, charter, or home school through means of tax exemptions and/or credits.
PROMOTING INDIVIDUAL FREEDOM AND PERSONAL SAFETY
148. Judeo-Christian Nation- As America is a nation under God, founded on Judeo-Christian principles, we affirm the constitutional right of all individuals to worship as they choose.
149. Right to Keep and Bear Arms- We strongly oppose all laws that infringe on the right to bear arms. We oppose the monitoring of gun ownership, the taxation and regulation of guns, ammunition, and gun magazines. We collectively urge the legislature to pass “constitutional carry” legislation, whereby law-abiding citizens that possess firearms can legally exercise their God-given right to carry that firearm as well. We call for the elimination of all gun free zones. All federal acts, laws, executive orders, and court orders which restrict or infringe on the people’s right to keep and bear arms shall be invalid in Texas, not be recognized by Texas, shall be specifically rejected by Texas, and shall be considered null and void and of no effect in Texas. Firearms and ammunition manufactured and sold in the state of Texas are not covered under the Commerce Clause (Article I Section 8 of the United States Constitution) and therefore are not subject to federal regulation.
150. Freedom of Assembly- Because we believe in the freedom of assembly, we urge repeal of the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Law. Those who assault peaceful protesters acting under the Constitution should be vigorously prosecuted. Picketing and literature distribution do not fall under the Racketeering Influence and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act.
151. Safeguarding Religious Liberties- We affirm that the public acknowledgement of God is undeniable in our history and is vital to our freedom, prosperity, and strength. We pledge our influence toward a return to the original intent of the 1st Amendment and toward dispelling the myth of separation of church and state. Tax deductions for charitable contributions are not government subsidies and give no authority for government oversight. Americans should be free to express their religious beliefs, including prayer in public places. We urge the legislature to increase the ability of faith based institutions and other organizations to assist the needy and to reduce regulation of such organizations. We also support vigorously protecting the rights of commercial establishments to refuse to provide any service or product that would infringe upon freedom of conscience of religious expression of the commercial establishments as stated in the 1st Amendment.
152. Empowering Local Entities Concerning Religious Meetings- We support the right of local entities to determine their own policies regarding religious clubs and meetings on all properties owned by the same, without interference.
153. Freedom of Conscience- That legislation at the state and federal level be passed that concretely defines public accommodations as originally defined and understood in the Civil Rights Act of 1964, that it prohibit any expansion of that legal definition by any federal, state or local law to expand government control to restrict any First Amendment rights; and to proscribe any law that requires any private business or individual to create or provide a custom product or service, or any kind of expressive work, or enter into a contract, or be coerced into any speech that is not their own.
154. Electronic Privacy Internet Access- We believe all law-abiding citizens should be free from government surveillance of their electronic communications and data mining except in cases directly involving national security, by court order. Except for non-citizens, we further oppose any national ID program, including the Real ID Act and the use of Radio Frequency Identification Chips (RFID) on humans. We support a free and open internet – free from intrusion, censorship, or control by government or private entities.
155. Texas Electric Grid – We urge that the Texas Legislature pass legislation to harden the Texas Electric Grid against:
1. Cyber attacks on the grid’s computerized command and control system.
2. Physical attacks on substations and major high voltage transformers.
3. Geomagnetic storms created by solar flares from the sun.
4. Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP)
156. Smart Meters- The Republican Party of Texas supports a no-cost opt out for all Texas PUC customers and the phase out of Smart Meters aka Advanced Meter Infrastructure to be replaced with mechanical, non-transmitting analog meters when software upgrades are required or the computer smart meters require replacement due to mechanical failure or model upgrade requirements.
157. Capital Punishment- Properly applied capital punishment is legitimate, is an effective deterrent, and should be reasonably swift and unencumbered.
158. Child Abuse- We recognize the family as a sovereign authority over which the state has no right to intervene, unless a parent or legal guardian has committed criminal abuse. Child abusers should be severely prosecuted. We oppose actions of social agencies to classify traditional methods of discipline, including corporal punishment, as child abuse. As a condition of funding, publicly funded agencies are to report all instances of abuse.
159. Unborn Victims of Violence- We believe a person who injures or kills an unborn child should be subject to criminal and civil litigation.
160. Sexual Assault- Adults convicted of sexual molestation of a minor should receive mandatory prison sentences without probation or parole up to and including capital punishment. We support increasing the penalty for failure to report child sexual assault cases, and we urge vigorous prosecution of such failure.
161. Property Search and Seizure without Due Process- We need to reinstate the rights embodied in the 4th Amendment that have been rendered null and void by activist courts and government overreach. We urge the Legislature to abolish civil asset forfeiture and to ensure private property only be forfeited upon a criminal conviction.
162. Restricting Arrest Powers- Republican Party of Texas calls upon the Texas Legislature to authorize the arrest and jailing of individuals only for offenses for which jail is a punishment or to prevent family violence.
163. Juries- We support the notification to juries of their rights and powers (including jury nullification.)
164. Illicit Drugs- We oppose legalization of illicit and synthetic drugs. We also oppose any needle exchange programs. Faith based rehabilitation programs should be considered as a part of an overall rehabilitation program.
165. Compassionate Use Act – We call upon the Texas Legislature to improve the 2015 Compassionate Use Act to allow doctors to determine the appropriate use of cannabis to prescribed patients.
STRENGTHENING THE ECONOMY
166 Government Spending is out of control at the federal level and the state level, and action is needed. We urge Congress and the Texas State Legislature to become fiscally responsible by immediately enacting the following items:
1. Adopt a balanced budget by cutting spending without increasing tax rates, debt, or adding new taxes and capping spending with a percent of gross domestic product (GDP) as calculated prior to 2009
2. Support the implementation of a federal balanced budget amendment only if the above criteria are met
3. Adopt zero-based budgeting at all levels of government
4. Adopt a policy of requiring public audits of each governmental department at least every three years
5. Oppose the use of “earmarks” as a part of the budget and spending process.
167 Spending Limitations- Amend the Texas Constitution and state statute with a stricter spending limitation based on population growth and inflation, and apply the new limit to all General Revenue and General Revenue-dedicated state spending.
168 Two-Thirds Vote- Require a two-thirds vote to override the constitutional spending limit.
169 Truth in Taxing- We urge that taxes established for a particular purpose shall not be used for any other purpose.
170 Bailouts and Subsidies- We encourage government to divest its ownership of all business that should be run in the private sector and allow the free market to prevail. We oppose all bailouts of domestic and foreign government entities, states and all businesses, public and private. We oppose local government handouts to businesses and other private entities in the name of economic development.
171 Permissible Uses of the Economic Stabilization Fund (Rainy Day Funds)- Amend the Texas Constitution to narrow the permissible uses of the Economic Stabilization Fund to cover revenue shortfalls in the current biennium, debt retirement, one-time infrastructure projects, and expenses related to a state of disaster as declared by the Governor.
172 Improper Government Funding- We support enforcement of current law prohibiting public assets being used for private groups, such as ACLU, ACORN, and Planned Parenthood without proper vetting and authorization and urge the Texas Legislature to enact civil and criminal penalties for violation of the law which currently has no enforcement mechanism.
173 Gambling Tax Revenues- We oppose gambling because we believe that gambling tax revenues are unreliable as a source of funding for any government activities. And gambling is damaging to those in the lowest income quintiles.
174 Unnecessary Medical Procedures for Prisoners- We believe no extraordinary medical care such as sex-change operations, hormonal medications, or gender-altering therapies should be provided to prisoners at the expense of the taxpayers.
175 Tax Burden- We in the Republican Party of Texas believe in the principles of constitutionally limited government based on Federalist principles. To this end we encourage our elected officials at all levels of government to work to reverse the current trend of expanding government and the growing tax and debt burdens this places on we the people. We believe the most equitable system of taxation is one based on consumption and wish to see reforms towards that end at all levels of government Furthermore, we believe that the borrower truly is a slave to the lender, and so long as we continue to increase our tax and debt burdens we will never be a truly free people. Towards these ends, we support the reformation of the current systems of taxation at all levels of government: federal, state, and local. Examples of these reforms include the following:
ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT
UNITED STATES SOVEREIGNTY, LEADERSHIP, CITIZENSHIP, AND FOREIGN POLICY UNITED STATES SOVEREIGNTY
224 National Sovereignty- The United States is and must remain a sovereign nation independent of all foreign entities with power held solely by the people. Therefore, we insist that the President and Congress defend our national sovereignty in accordance with their oaths of office. The United States government must remain free of all external control and influence.
225 National Defense- We support a strong national defense that protects United States interests, freedoms and sovereignty at home and abroad.
226 Citizenship- We call on the United States Congress to pass a constitutional amendment that defines citizenship as those born to a citizen of the United States or through naturalization.
227 United States Ports- We object to any foreign entity including governments, states, and companies owning or managing United States ports.
228 United Nations- The United Nations is a detriment to the sovereignty of the United States and other countries, and because of this we support:
229 Internet Freedom- We support continued stewardship of the Domain Name System (DNS) by the US Department of Commerce over Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) in order to guarantee continued worldwide freedom of speech on the internet.
230 Support of our Armed Forces- The men and women who wear our country’s uniform, whether on active duty or in the Reserves or National Guard, are the most important assets in our military arsenal. They and their families must have the pay, health care, housing, education and overall support they need. Injured military personnel deserve the best medical, mental health and rehabilitative care our country has to offer. We must always remember those who have given the ultimate sacrifice; their families must be assured meaningful financial assistance. It is the solemn duty we owe and honor we give to those who bravely don the uniform of freedom. We support our government in continuing to seek and act upon all information concerning our military personnel and other citizens listed as Missing in Action or Prisoners of War. Veterans Administration monetary benefits shall match present national price index value in all programs.
231 All Volunteer Force – We call for the removal of draft registration and to continue to have an all volunteer armed forces.
232 Women in Combat- We oppose the use of women in military combat units.
233 Gender Norming in the Military- We oppose gender norming in the military.
234 Defense- We support restoring the military to maximum readiness, as defined by the military.
235 Arming the Military on Military Bases- We call for base commanders to provide sufficient armament of military personnel on military bases to provide for their self-defense.
236 Strategic Defense Initiative- We urge the United States Congress to continue funding the Strategic Defense Initiative for missile defense. We further call for renewed efforts and funding for nuclear shield development and for its immediate implementation for the United States and its allies.
237 Military Rules of Engagement- Military Rules of Engagement, as defined by the President or Congress, should not preclude the safety nor deny the immediacy of tactical decision making of the military personnel in the field. Military personnel shall not be criminally or civilly liable for reasonable actions taken in the field.
238 Returning Veterans- We support the accommodation and reintegration of our troops once their military commitment has expired. Returning veterans must have access to educational benefits, job training, and a wide variety of employment options.
239 Veteran’s Administration- We are outraged by the mistreatment given to our military veterans. The Veteran’s Administration must continue to become more responsive and more efficient by eliminating its backlog and reducing wait times for treatment.
240 NASA- We strongly encourage the federal government and NASA to work with American citizens and American businesses to research and develop a new vehicle to continue human space flight and maintain America’s leadership in space exploration.
241 Toxic Exposure- We support the passage of the Toxic Exposure Act of 2015 which will ensure that the Federal Government will establish a database on all exposed veterans and their families.
242 Foreign Policy- We support a foreign policy that relies on peace through the strength of our national defense and
avoids foreign deployments or entanglements. We support free market enterprise, private humanitarian aid to
developing countries, continued favorable treatment of proven allies, censure of adversarial entities that seek
destruction of other countries and strong policy on confronting terrorists. We strongly oppose religious or ethnic cleansing. We oppose U.S. aid to any foreign entity that consistently votes against our interests or is openly
hostile to our nation.
243 Foreign Aid- We support foreign aid only to our allies in cases of national defense or catastrophic disasters, with
244 International Trade- We support free trade as a necessary component of American capitalism and of the United
States' influence in the world. We strongly oppose the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP),
the Trade In Services Agreement (TISA), and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). We demand the immediate
withdrawal from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), and the Central American Free Trade
Agreement (CAFTA). We demand the repeal of the current Fast Track Authority/TPA.
245 International Organizations- We support United States withdrawal from the International Monetary Fund, the
World Trade Organization, and the World Bank.
246 Israel- The United States should continue to support Israel militarily, financially and technologically. The United
States Embassy in Israel should be located in the undivided capital city of Jerusalem. We oppose any
pressuring of Israel to make concessions they believe would jeopardize their security. Our policy is inspired by God’s biblical promise to bless those who bless Israel and curse those who curse Israel and we further
invite other nations and organizations to enjoy the benefits of that promise. We strongly oppose the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement, and no Texas government agency should conduct business with any company or country that knowingly participates in the BDS movement.
247 Mexico- We support ongoing economic partnership between Texas and Mexico, and between the United
States and Mexico. We support aggressive military and law enforcement cooperation to address corruption,
the drug cartels, and human trafficking. We support Mexico’s efforts to privatize their nationalized industries
in order to strengthen their economy.
248 Taiwan- We support full diplomatic recognition of Taiwan as an independent and sovereign nation and to
renew its commitment to defend our security interests in the Western Pacific in the face of China’s
249 Benghazi- We call upon the United States House of Representatives to continue the select committee and
appoint a special prosecutor in order to subpoena testimony to fully investigate all aspects of the Benghazi
250 Council on American-Islamic Relations- We hereby call on all law enforcement and governmental agencies in Texas to avoid and suspend all contact and outreach activities with the Council on American
Islamic-Relations (CAIR) named unindicted coconspirators in the Holy Land Foundation Trial with ties to
terrorist groups such as Hamas.
251 Refugee Resettlement Program-We urge the Governor to immediately notify the United States Department
of Health and Human Services Secretary that Texas is withdrawing from the Refugee Resettlement
Program joining twelve other states that have also and will no longer provide state funds toward the Refugee
252 Iran and North Korea- We oppose development of nuclear weapons by Iran and North Korea, and oppose
easing sanctions on either country until their hostile behavior and nuclear proliferation cease.
253 Border Security Funding- We expect both the Texas Legislature and the United States Congress to make
a priority of allocating funds to effectively secure the border through whatever means necessary, including
but not limited to barriers, personnel, and technology over land, sea, and air.
254 Consequences of Noncompliance- We support denial and/or withdrawal of public funds for entities, public
and/or private, not in compliance with immigration laws, including sanctuary cities.
255 Modernized Social Security Card- We support the improvement of our 1936 Social Security Card to use
contemporary anti-counterfeit technology. The social security card will not be considered a National
ID card for United States citizens.
256 Border Wall- We support building a high wall with a wide gate in order to prevent illicit border crossings without
preventing legal border crossings as one part of a complete border security plan. The wall will only be built
where it is deemed effective and cost-efficient.
257 Turn Off the Magnet No tax dollars to be provided for social or educational programs for illegal aliens; rescinding
existing laws providing for in-state tuition, non-emergency hospital care, requiring all employers to
utilize E-verify systems to confirm the legal status of all new hires; rejection of non-verifiable foreign issued
identification cards as legally valid in the United States.
258 Interstate Border Security Compact- The Governor of Texas formally shall name a compact advisory group and
begin the process to enter into an interstate compact allowing the participating states to enforce existing federal immigration laws; and that the Texas Legislature support all efforts by the Texas Governor to
enter into a border security interstate compact and gain operational control of the border.
259 Amnesty- Any form of amnesty with regard to immigration policy should not be granted, including the granting of
legal status to persons in the country illegally.
260 Enforce Immigration Laws- We demand that state and federal law enforcement officers enforce our immigration
laws, and expedite hearings on deporting non-violent illegal immigrants and visa overstays.
THIS IS THE END OF THE 2016 REPUBLICAN PLATFORM