Texas Dem Leaves Party Over Border Policies

A Texas elected Democrat in Kleberg County’s government has declared her intention to switch parties, citing the GOP’s stances on law enforcement and border security as her main reasons.

On Saturday, Kira Talip Sanchez confirmed the change in her political affiliation. At the 2024 election season launch event, she spoke to the Hispanic Republicans of Texas PAC.

Kleberg County may be found in the southern part of Texas, right on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico. Despite its traditional liberal leanings, the county supported Republican presidential candidates George W. Bush in 2000 and 2004 and former President Donald Trump by a razor-thin margin in 2020.

The border issue was a significant factor in Sanchez’s decision to change parties.

As County Attorney, she said she’s been happy to collaborate with law enforcement to guarantee the safety of the inhabitants of Kleberg County. She said the situation at the southern border is dire and has never been seen before. The Republican Party’s stances on law and order, safeguarding the safety of all residents, and supporting the blue team are consistent with her beliefs and those of the people living in Kleberg County.

Republicans in Texas have lately spoken out against what they see as an insufficient or incompetent federal response to the issue at the border. Texas Governor Greg Abbott has been in court with the Department of Justice over the state’s controversial but essential barrier of floating buoys in the Rio Grande.

CBP announced on Friday that there were 183,503 migrant interactions at the southern border in July, a significant rise from the 144,566 documented in June.

Cassy Garcia, president of the Hispanic Republicans of Texas, said she was “eager” to continue reaching out to Democratic voters throughout the state.

“Every day, we are dealing with folks who have voted for Democrats for decades but that this is no longer their Abuelos’ Democratic Party,” Garcia said. It’s grown too extreme, exclusive, and alien to our core beliefs.