Statements about Immigration

"An overwhelming majority of Americans support passage of the DREAM Act, which would provide a path to citizenship for undocumented youth willing to work for a college degree or serve in our armed forces."

Under the DREAM Act, after two years of higher education or military service "you are eligible for citizenship. Once a citizen, this paves the way to bring the rest of (your) extended family to the United States."

Says over 25 percent of the Texas budget funds services to non-U.S. citizens.

"I had five of my citizens that were killed last week" because of border security problems.

Says that under Gov. Rick Perry, Texas Department of Public Safety troopers have had "standing orders" not to inquire into the immigration status of people unless they're under arrest.

"More lives have been lost because of the war with the drug cartels in Juarez alone, just a few blocks from the United States of America, than have been lost in the war in Afghanistan."

On hearings about automatic citizenship provision in U.S. Constitution.

"Over 81 percent of the babies that are born at LBJ Hospital right here in Houston are born of women who are not here legally."

Says Barack Obama didn't keep his promise to have an immigration bill in his first year.

"We could cut unemployment in half simply by reclaiming the jobs taken by illegal workers."

Says the United States is the only nation that affords citizenship to anyone born here, "whether you are here legally or illegally."

Because of violence spreading from Mexico, "you’ve got bullets hitting the city hall in El Paso. You’ve got bombs exploding in El Paso."

"Sometime in the next decade, there will be more Latinos in the state of Texas than there are Anglos. That will happen sometime in the next five to eight to ten years."

"Phoenix, Arizona, is the No. 2 kidnapping capital of the world."

"Phoenix, Arizona, I'm told, is now the No. 2 kidnapping capital in the world, right behind Mexico City."

Mexican government officials "hand out brochures showing individuals how they can avoid our Border Patrol, how they can get into our country."

Says the Arizona immigration law "expressly bans racial profiling."

"You’ve got almost twice as many cops in New York City as you do on our entire border. That’s nuts."

Says Gov. Rick Perry failed "to involve border sheriffs in developing plans to prevent violence in their communities."

"We've got a 1,000 National Guard troop request that's been in front of this president for over a year and no response."

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