The immigration track at the 2014 Texas Tribune Festival featured panel discussions on border security, Latinos and the GOP, the comprehensive immigration reform debate and what to do with the DREAMers. Listen to audio from each session:
Texas Tribune reporter Julián Aguilar led the "What's Next for Border Security?" panel, the track's first session. Panelists included U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw, U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke and Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples.
The next session, "Latinos and the GOP," was moderated by Tribune reporter Alexa Ura. The panel featured Texas Workforce Commissioner Hope Andrade, Hispanic Republicans of Texas Co-founder George Antuna, Midland Mayor Jerry Morales, former state Rep. Aaron Peña and state Rep. Jason Villalba.
The track's third session, "The Comprehensive Immigration Reform Debate," was moderated by Tribune reporter Julián Aguilar. Panelists included IBC Bank Senior Vice President Eddie Aldrete, U.S. Rep. Pete Gallego, National Immigration Forum Executive Director Ali Noorani and state Sen. José Rodríguez.
New York Times reporter Manny Fernandez moderated the track's final panel, "What to do with the DREAMers." Panelists included ResidentCheck President Jorge Baldor, El Paso County Judge Veronica Escobar, The Dream.US Program Director Gaby Pacheco, Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson, National Tea Party Patriots South Texas Coordinator George Rodriguez and U.S. Rep. Marc Veasey.