Dr. Victoria M. DeFrancesco Soto

Dr. Victoria M. DeFrancesco Soto

About

Victoria is Assistant Dean at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and a contributor to MSNBC and Telemundo. Her areas of expertise in the domestic policy landscape include immigration, Latinos, women and childcare, and economic equity. more→

Research

Victoria brings an interdisciplinary lens to understanding policy development and its intersection with institutional and political contexts. Underlying her academic work is the applicability of rigorous research to on-the-ground policy realities.

Dr. Victoria M. DeFrancesco Soto
Dr. Victoria M. DeFrancesco Soto

Recent Media

This post originally appeared on NBCLatino.

It’s not fun being a Democrat in Texas.  Since 1998 every state level office has been held by a Republican and in 2010 the Republican majority in the legislature became a super majority.  The one consolation Texas Democrats have goes something like this, “we may be locked out for now, but just wait until the demographic growth of the Latino community translates into eligible voters then the tide will turn!”  Sadly for Lone-Star Democrats it seems that Republicans have also begun to read the demographic handwriting on the wall and through a softened approach to immigration seek to make Texas Democrats extinct.

Earlier this month at the Texas Republican convention a new immigration plank was approved, the Texas Solution.  This solution is not too surprising – more secure borders, penalties for employers who hire undocumented persons, opposition to sanctuary cities.  Within this plank is also the Tea Party favored ban on birthright citizenship.  The bulk of the Texas Solution is in line with the tenor of the larger Republican’s view on immigration.  However, a twist to this otherwise humdrum Republican immigration platform is the call for a guest worker program.  It’s not much, but relative to the hardline GOP stand to not do anything except further secure the border this is a big deal! (more…)