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Patterson Calls On Opponents To Reveal Their Stance On Immigration

Patterson Calls On Opponents To Reveal Their Stance On Immigration

Says He Supports Texas GOP Platform, Strong On Border Security


October 4, 2013
Contact: Chris Elam, Campaign Manager – 512.476.2014

jerryAUSTIN – On Friday, Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson, a Republican candidate for Texas Lieutenant Governor, reiterated his challenge to his opponents to publicly announce their stance on the issue of immigration.This week, Patterson participated in two Lieutenant Governor candidate forums in the Houston area, alongside incumbent Lt. Governor David Dewhurst, Sen. Dan Patrick and Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples. At each debate, he urged his opponents to place information on their campaign websites to give specifics on this and other important issues to Texans.

“There is too much obfuscation and boilerplate in this race,” said Commissioner Patterson. “With under 140 days until Early Voting, our Texas electorate deserves to know where my opponents stand on immigration. For weeks my issues have been clearly stated on for everyone to view.”

“Commissioner Patterson is continuing to lead where others fear to tread,” said Campaign Manager Chris Elam. “Jerry supports conservative, free-market policies toward solving our country’s immigration problems. He has been advocating throughout Texas about the need for common sense policies to address our flawed immigration system and secure the borders. This includes laws that give all law enforcement officials the authority to ask and detain illegal immigrants about their legal status, an end to sanctuary cities, support for the Texas Voter ID law, and his wholehearted support for the Texas Solution platform plank and other critical immigration-specific components of the Republican Party of Texas platform.”

Patterson, a former State Senator and the state’s 27th Land Commissioner, made clear that he does not support so-called open borders.

“Texas has 367 miles of coastline,” said Patterson. “When it comes to border security and immigration, I look at the big picture – not just the U.S. border with Mexico. From Port Arthur’s refineries to the Port of Houston to Corpus Christi, our state’s entire border must be protected. As Lieutenant Governor, I will ensure that the DPS ends its detain and release policy and empower law enforcement with the tools they need to safeguard our resources,” concluded Patterson.


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