The Republican Party of Texas has unanimously passed a resolution demanding that Governor Greg Abbott call a special legislative session to address the Colony Ridge housing development, which has become a hotbed for illegal immigration. This resolution, with a vote of 61-0, urges the governor to take action to prevent further settlement of illegal aliens in Colony Ridge and other parts of Texas. The power to convene a special legislative session rests with Governor Abbott, who has already received encouragement from Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick to do so.
The resolution outlines several concerns related to Colony Ridge, including the developer’s practice of allowing illegal aliens to obtain loans using Individual Tax ID Numbers (ITINs) instead of Social Security Numbers. The development has grown significantly, with an estimated population of 50,000 to 75,000 inhabitants covering over 60 square miles. The resolution also calls for Attorney General Ken Paxton to initiate a full investigation into the development activities of Colony Ridge Land, LLC, including any potential connections to elected officials in the region.
Matt Rinaldi, the Chairman of the Republican Party of Texas, emphasized the need for immediate action on Colony Ridge, highlighting the lack of meaningful border security laws passed by the state’s House Speaker Dade Phelan. Rinaldi commended Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick for his efforts to investigate Colony Ridge and Congressman Brian Babin for drawing attention to the issue.
Several Republican leaders have expressed their concerns about Colony Ridge, including Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who has referred to the situation as “completely insane.” Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick has called for addressing Colony Ridge in a special legislative session and is exploring legal options to address the issue.
Advocates for increased border security have welcomed the resolution, calling for legislative action to prevent similar settlements in Texas and a comprehensive investigation into Colony Ridge’s business dealings. The resolution also addresses the strain on the neighboring school district due to Colony Ridge’s rapid growth and references The Daily Wire’s investigation, which suggested the presence of Sinaloa and Gulf cartels in the development.
The resolution also calls for an investigation into possible connections between elected officials in the region and the development company behind Colony Ridge. While specific officials are not named, several have financial links to the developer, including Governor Greg Abbott, U.S. Congressman Morgan Luttrell, and State Representative Ernest Bailes, among others.
Colony Ridge has garnered attention from Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and multiple U.S. congressmen from Texas who have expressed their concerns about the situation. Governor Abbott has yet to respond to the resolution.