LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A portion of President Donald Trump's State of the Union address outlined a plan to create a pathway to citizenship for nearly 1.5 million undocumented immigrants.
The controversial plan calls for stronger border security and the end of so-called chain migration in exchange for the construction of a border wall.
Former GOP Chairman Bob Flournoy approves of the plan and said enhancing the security of the border wall will protect East Texas communities.
"I think it will certainly stop so much of the crime, the MS-13 folks that are coming in here. So much of the drug trade, I think that will help and obviously that's going to affect Lufkin and in this county and every other place if we can get that stopped," Flournoy said.
The plan also calls for eliminating chain migration by limiting green card sponsorships to a person's immediate family members. Immigration attorney Jose Gonzalez said he believes this proposal will harm families in East Texas.
"Family unity is at the heart of the being American, and so, it's not an American approach to have young adults to say well you can stay in the U.S if you're willing to abandon your family. It's just not a practical approach," Gonzalez said.
Both Flournoy and Gonzalez said the speech opened the door for more discussions about immigration reform.