Sample Political Science Paper on Texas Government

The second largest state in the U.S. after Alaska. Its total population by 2016 was 27.4 million (Norton and Company 1). However, the growth rate in the state prompts for change, which is both positive and negative. For instance, more Texans mean that there are more taxpayers who are contributing towards the public funds. The money obtained from the taxes can be used by the local government to improve its infrastructure, which is already stretched. On the negative side, however, the large population makes the state congested leading to people scrambling for housing and land. However, Texas has been changing in regards to diversity. It has the largest number of migrants from the Midwest and the West Coast. The population make up of the state is anticipated to remain the same even in the future. Hispanics are considered as the largest migrant group in Texas. By the year 2050, it is expected that the population of Texas shall have doubled to 50 million and those who will promote the economic growth in the state are the Hispanics (Norton and Company 1).

The possible political implications of the changing population in Texas are that the Hispanic population will control and influence the government. The possibility of this happening is because of their large number and positive contribution towards Texas economy.  The Hispanics, who comprise of 38 percent of the Texan population, may end up dictating the elections in Texas by the 2018. However, dictating the elections will only be possible if the Texas government agrees to engage them as voters since they are migrants. There are a total of 2.1 million Hispanicsho are not registered as voters; however, if they are engaged, it is possible that they will win the race to most of the government positions in the state (Norton and Company 1).

I concur with Julian Castro regarding immigrants being documented. Since the immigrants contribute positively to the economy of the nation, it is only fair that they be documented to enable them extend their potential in various ways in the state. By deporting immigrants, a state such as Texas which has a large number of immigrants will be negatively affected, especially in terms of economic development (Norton and Company 1). However, documenting the immigrants will enable them to take part in politics and make the State better regardless of its large population size. Nonetheless, there are several pros and cons of having illegal immigrants in the U.S., especially in Texas. In regards to economy, since illegal immigrants are not documented, they do not pay taxes. Consequently, the State loses huge revenues on a daily basis. However, the pros of immigrants being part of a nation or a state include that they contribute positively to the economy by taking part in buying and selling of goods. At the same time, majority of the Hispanics in Texas hold several businesses in the State meaning that they facilitate economic growth.

Nonetheless, attaining a compromise is challenging on the issues regarding immigrants because people have different views regarding their existence in the nation. For instance, there are those who perceive them as having taken away jobs meant for the Americans thus denying them an opportunity for growth. On the other hand, others believe that they promote growth in the country by introducing innovative ideas which are essential for development. However, rather than deporting the immigrants, the U.S. government should provide “mere legalization.” That is, they should be held responsible for being in the country illegally. Consequently, they should be penalized as a means to discourage illegal entry in the country. The role of Texas’ policymakers should be to come up with anti-immigration policies which ban sanctuary localities. The police are also responsible for enforce the immigration laws to monitor illegal immigrants in the nation.

 

Work Cited

Norton and Company. You Decide. Retrieved from http://www.wwnorton.com/college/polisci/we-the-people9/texas/ch/01/outline.aspx