Question: Are we encouraging students to come here illegally?
Dan Patrick: Yes. And he's disputing Professor Salinas' contention that he "doesn't know the numbers". Cites high dropout rates among Hispanic males.
Steve Amstutz, principal at Lee High School, says federal law says we educate everyone. He reminds us that immigrants come from everywhere, and he says that the dropout rate is in part the fault of holding kids responsible for the actions of their parents.
Massey Villareal speaks in favor of the DREAM Act.
Larry Youngblood says we used to do a better job getting immigrant kids to speak English sooner.
Richard Shaw says "it's in our best interest to educate everyone".
Sonny Messiah Jiles says it's a matter of "pay me now, or pay me later - all of us will be impacted in the long run by the decisions we make today".
Ed Henderson with Texas Border Volunteers is blaming illegals for all of today's problems. Well, that certainly simplifies things.
Atul Khotari with the Mahatma Gandhi Library wants to know what we are doing to empower Mexico; he invokes the Marshall Plan.
Professor Salinas says we're scapegoating immigrants, who are not responsible for the real problems we're facing like the prices of oil and food. Dan Patrick disputes his characterization and says he wants to help "poor Americans".
Klineberg reiterates the point about not enough slots being allowed for legal immigrants, which Patrick and Collier agree with. He disputes the notion that illegal immigrants don't learn English at a sufficient rate, saying they're doing it faster now than they did when his ancestors came over.
Running out of time, over to the online discussion...