AUSTIN – Dan Patrick, Texas State Senator and authentic conservative candidate for Lieutenant Governor, lambasted David Dewhurst for his inaction, hypocrisy, and duplicity.
Citing Dewhurst’s inattention, and inaction, Senator Patrick said, “Over the last ten years, David Dewhurst has failed to secure our border and stood by as our illegal immigration problem got much worse.”
“Because of the fine work of law enforcement, from 2006 to 2012, over 1.3 million illegal immigrants were arrested crossing into Texas. However, estimates are that only 1 out of 5 were caught. From 2008 to 2012, illegal immigrants were charged with over 447,000 crimes including over 5,000 sexual assaults and 2,000 murders, (DPS Threat Overview, 2013).
“Dewhurst has had an election year conversion,” Patrick said, “For a decade, Dewhurst has allowed programs that attract illegals to Texas like in-state tuition to expand and even reduced funding for border security and organized crime in the Department of Public Safety budget. That’s failed leadership.
“After adopting a budget that cut spending for border security, and ardently defending it as an increase, Dewhurst duplicity now becomes apparent. He has finally recognized the failure of this budget and is scrambling to fix the problem.
“Now that Dewhurst is staring down another tough primary election, he wants to prioritize securing the border. Texans value results, not rhetoric, and it’s time we had a Lieutenant Governor who will do what Washington and Lt. Governor Dewhurst won’t do: secure the border and stop the magnet.
“Dewhurst has a proven record of inaction, hypocrisy, and now duplicity. He failed to address the problem for a decade. He adopted a budget that exacerbated the problem, and now claims that spending $60 million to cover the failure of his budget will somehow fix a problem that has snowballed due to his own failures of leadership.”