Texas Republican and Homeland Security Chairman in the House Rep. Michael McCaul is pushing to become head of the federal agency he oversees in Congress. And having Rep. McCaul as Department of Homeland Security Secretary (DHS) is a good thing.
As head of the Department of Homeland Security, McCaul will be in charge of overseeing federal agencies that monitor International Trade, Terrorism and Immigration policies. Trade is particularly important to McCaul’s home state of Texas, therefore, there are many advantages in having Republicans from Texas, and the Border States, in charge of federal agencies.
Texas enjoys the lucrative exportation drive from its neighbor and friend Mexico. Approximately 44% of all NAFTA goods come through Texas, from Mexico, generating about 1.6 million jobs alone in Texas. And about 40% of Texas exports goes straight to Mexico. And these numbers are similar in any border state. According to California Chamber of Commerce, California/Mexico trade is about $100 Billion.
Furthermore, In an interview with the Catalyst at the Bush Center, McCauls argued that:
Our advantage with Mexico is largely logistical and when we compromise that by not having the consistency for wait times, we’re really doing a disservice to the U.S. economy.
McCaul: Trade and security don’t have to be mutually exclusive. Those of us in border states tend to see the advantages to trade. Those outside border-states see drugs, illegal immigration, potential terrorism. They don’t have the added perspective that we have of the benefits.
Rep. McCaul is not a bomb- thrower, or big party ideologue like Rep. Louie Gohmert of East Texas, who will pursue any radical changes that could hurt the business environment in Texas, and any other border state.
And the issue of Immigration, During campaign, Trump argue that he was going to deport hardworking immigrants. but would destroy the economy of McCaul’ home state. About 9.5% of our official Texas labor force is made up of undocumented workers who have helped make Texas “a job-creation machine.” And these numbers are similar in any border states like California, Arizona, and in Colorado and Nevada. Also, in his interviews with 60 Minutes Trump mentioned that only those with “criminal record” could be deported.
Moreover, Sarah Saldaña, a fellow Texan and Mexican-American and Corpus Christi native, is the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director. Thus, there is room for possible comradery between McCaul and Saldaña . This Texas comradery may indicate that both McCaul and Saldaña most likely will direct ICE to prevent any potential terrorist threats at home and at the border that could hurt trade and the economy of border states. Those approaches on trade and Immigration are very different from any “mass deportation.”
McCaul will also have Majority leader Kevin McCarthy of California whose district in Central Valley that also depends largely on the immigrant labor force. As a result, any destabilization of the economy via “deportation” is very unlikely.
Alex Gonzalez is a political Analyst and Political Director for Latinos Ready To Vote. Comments to firstname.lastname@example.org or @