Another Democrat Defects, Joins GOP

(UnitedHeadlines.com) – Due to the crisis at the border, a Kleberg County attorney is switching her party from Democrat to Republican.

Kira Talip Sanchez made the announcement at the 2024 election season kickoff event of the Hispanic Republicans of Texas PAC.

She stated that there is currently an “unprecedented crisis at our southern border.” She added that she was switching parties to “ensure the safety of the citizens of Kleberg County” as the Republican party’s law and order policies better align with the “values of the citizens of Kleberg County.”

Hispanic Republicans of Texas President Cassy Garcia welcomed Sanchez to the Republican party, adding that she will continue to reach out to Democratic voters in the county.

Texas Republicans have been critical of President Joe Biden’s response to the crisis at the border saying his policies are ineffective. The Department of Justice filed a federal lawsuit against Texas Gov. Greg Abbott who had a floating buoy barrier installed on the Rio Grande to help with the crisis.

An August 18 report from the Customs and Border Protection showed that in July there were 183,503 migrant encounters at the southern border. In June, the report showed 144,566 migrant encounters at the southern border.

Kleberg County, located along the southern border of Texas, usually votes Democrat. However, in 2000 and 2004, the residents of Kleberg County voted for former President George W. Bush. In 2020, the residents of Kleberg County voted for former President Donald Trump.

So far in 2023, 10 state lawmakers across the country switched parties, including six who switched from the Democratic party to the Republican party. The switches caused Louisiana Republicans to gain a supermajority in the state House, while North Carolina Republicans gained a supermajority in the state House and state Senate. In 2022, only two lawmakers switched from the Democratic party to the Republican party.

There have been 173 state lawmakers that have switched parties since 1994. Of those 173, 83 were Democrats who became Republicans, and 23 were Republicans who became Democrats.

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