Hispanic 100 Policy Committee Responds to DACA Decision

Hispanic 100 Policy Committee Responds to DACA Decision

On November 6, 1986, former President Ronald Reagan signed into law the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA). The purpose of IRCA was to reform United States immigration law. IRCA was enacted through an Act of Congress.

At the time, President Reagan said ”Future generations of Americans will be thankful for our efforts to humanely regain control of our borders and thereby preserve the value of one of the most sacred possessions of our people, American citizenship.”

The Times also reported in 1986 that Senator Alan K. Simpson, a Wyoming Republican who was the chief sponsor of the bill in the Senate, said of IRCA, ”I don’t know what the impact will be,” he said, ”but this is the humane approach to immigration reform.” At the time, a coalition of national groups said they would monitor enforcement of IRCA.

Amid all this uncertainty, and despite IRCA supporters’ best efforts and intentions to address issues brought about by unchecked immigration, the reality is that the number of undocumented immigrants grew from about 4 million in 1986 to well over 10 million today. The increase is attributable in part to 800,000 undocumented immigrants who were involuntarily brought to this country as young people, and have been labeled “Dreamers”.

Five years ago, President Obama issued an executive order known as “DACA” (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals’), and although intended to be temporary, Dreamers were granted a reprieve under certain conditions from the worry of deportation from the only country that most of them have ever known. Yesterday, President Trump announced that the executive order would terminate in 6 months and invited Congress meanwhile to address the uncertainty facing Dreamers.

The Hispanic 100 fully supports a humanitarian approach to the children affected by DACA. The majority of these children, many of whom did not consent to their journey to the United States, have proven to be law abiding, productive members of America’s society. Our focus will remain on these children, and we will do everything in our power to work directly with Congress to further protect them.

We implore Congress to respond to the President in a just and empathetic way and allow the Dreamers to remain permanently. Responsibility to protect our Dreamers must be done through congressional action and not through a temporary executive order. As compassionate Americans, the Hispanic 100 will work diligently with Congress from both parties to find a viable solution for the Dreamers in this country. This is not a fight that they will walk alone!


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Hurricane Harvey- How you can help

The eye of the storm has passed, but Hurricane Harvey continues to wreak its havoc across south Texas. Some people have lost everything. But in the midst of devastation and loss, Texans have responded in the way they know best- with love, a helping hand, and prayer. If you are looking for ways to get help with Hurricane Harvey Relief, there are several organizations that are accepting donations right now: 








If you are willing to volunteer some time to help with aid, restoration, or recovery, you can email me at rickfortexas@gmail.com to receive more information on where you can help. 

Most importantly, continue to pray for those who have been impacted by this horrific storm. 

May God Bless Texas,


Governor Abbott Announces Appointment Of Three To Texas Commission Of Licensing And Regulation

Governor Greg Abbott has announced the reappointment of Mike Arismendez and the appointment of Helen Callier and Rick Figueroa to the Texas Commission of Licensing and Regulation for terms set to expire February 1, 2021. Arismendez will continue serving as chair. The commission oversees the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation.

Mike Arismendez of Shallowater is a certified public manager and formerly worked for the City of Lubbock and the City of Littlefield. He is a member of the Texas City Management Association, International City Management Association and the Texas Association of Sports Officials.  As a member of the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce and Littlefield Chamber of Commerce, he is an active volunteer in the community and is a former member of the Texas Tech University Hispanic Task Force and Chairman of the Lubbock Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.  Arismendez received a Bachelor of Business Administration from Texas Tech University.

Helen Callier of Kingwood is president of Bradlink, LLC. She is a board member of the American Public Transportation Association Business Member Board of Governors, a small business sponsor of the Women in Transportation and acting chair of the Tri-County Regional Black Chamber of Commerce Procurement and Emerging Business Council. Additionally, she is a board member of the Texas Association African American Chamber of Commerce and business member of the Asian Chamber of Commerce in Houston. Callier received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Prairie View A&M University and is a graduate of Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses and SBA Emerging Leaders Programs.

Rick Figueroa of Brenham is first vice president of UBS Financial Services and partner with the Caton Figueroa Group. He is a member of the Texas Judicial Council, Memorial Hermann Hospital Board and the Young Life Hispanic National Committee. He is an ambassador for the Greater Houston Partnership and chair of the Houston UBS Region Community Engagement Board and Hispanic Impact Panel and board member of the American Leadership Forum Houston/Gulf Coast Chapter. Additionally, he is past president of the Downtown Houston Kiwanis Club, past council member of the International Leadership Institute and a past member of the Escape Family Resource Center Executive Committee, Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants and the Houston CPA Society. Figueroa received a Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of Science from Texas A&M University.