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If the demographer from Rice University is right, the demise of "Anglos" in Texas is unstoppable and the rise of a population dominated by Hispanics will adversely affect the economic fortunes of the Lone Star State.

One of the most significant issues to arise in the immigration debate is the question of illegal immigrants utilizing taxpayer-funded social and human services that they are not legally entitled to, and that they do not contribute to, as illegal immigrants do not pay taxes that are used to finance such programs.

Arizona has once again flexed its federalist muscle in defense of its state's rights against a federal government weak on immigration. Acknowledging that the federal government will not perform its constitutional and legal duty to defend the borders of the United States against the onslaught of foreign invasion — the constant influx of immigrants illegally entering the United States — the Grand Canyon State, under the stalwart leadership of Republican Governor Jan Brewer, has taken numerous steps toward safeguarding the border it shares with Mexico.

The biennial meeting of the Texas State Legislature always promises to be the best entertainment in town, and this year’s free-for-all is no exception. Republican State Representative Lois Kolkhorst from tiny Brenham, Texas filed a bill yesterday which, if passed, would give state law enforcement officers a new way to help enforce federal immigration laws. This slightly unusual proposal is not without some Texas-style humor.

Conservative lawmakers in Arizona have fired another salvo in the battle against illegal immigration. Legislation pending before a committee in the Arizona Senate would require hospitals to determine the immigration status of patients. 

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