In One Texas Border Town, Local Officials Are Switching From Democrat To Republican

Illegal immigration and the border crisis is reshaping politics in some parts of the country.

Along the Texas border, which has been ground zero for relentless border crossing, local officials in one town are abandoining thr Democrat party like a sinking ship.

So much for Democrat efforts to turn Texas blue.

The New York Times reports:

In a Texas Border Town, Democratic Officials Are Becoming Republicans

In a remote corner of West Texas along the Rio Grande, where cactuses far outnumber residents and the closest grocer is an hour’s drive, a quiet political upheaval has been taking place.

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First, the Democratic county judge said she would seek another term — as a Republican. Then the county clerk and the treasurer decided that they too would abandon the Democratic Party, which has long held sway in local elections, and run this year as Republicans.

A county justice of the peace felt the urge to switch parties as well, but she did not want to disappoint her parents, who raised her as a Democrat.

“It took me a while to realize that my thoughts are more Republican,” said the justice of the peace, Corina Arredondo, particularly on the issues of abortion and border security. “Even though I’m still on this side, I’m kind of looking over there and thinking, hey, that’s where I belong.”

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The transformation of local politics in Terrell County — a working-class border community of fewer than 1,000 people — provides an ominous signal for Texas Democrats: Conservative Hispanics are not only realigning in presidential elections, but also in contests much closer to home.

Is this the beginning of a larger trend?

People have had it with Democrats and their destructive policies.


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