Texas needs its own immigration reform that will serve as an example for all the other states - that is the proposal of Republican Miriam Martínez, a Mexican-American who went from being a TV news anchor to try and become the first Latina governor in the history of the Lone Star state.

"With state immigration reform we will solve a problem that's really easy to resolve and would give a good example to the rest of the 49 states that have not been able to organize themselves to achieve it," Martínez, 41, said in an interview with Efe.

Born in the Mexican border city of Reynosa, fully bilingual and despite a successful career as an anchor of local news programs on Univision and Telemundo, Martínez decided to move on.

Her goal is to become the first Hispanic governor in Texan history, but first she must get through the March 4 GOP primary against state Attorney General Greg Abbott, a politician with many years in the hard core of state power.

"In Texas we can't be anti-immigrant, because we're talking about more than 10 million Hispanics and we have a great diversity of cultures," she says.

"This program is very simple," she says. "We'll include everyone, bring them out of the shadows, give them a decent life. Everyone wants to live in Texas, taxes are lower, you have more chances to grow..."

"You pay, you get your permit, you renew it every three years, you have a permit to live and work in Texas, you pay your taxes, you live a normal life," Martínez says.

Asked if she wasn't afraid that Texas might become a magnet for the millions of undocumented immigrants in the rest of the country, she says, "State immigration reform won't cost the state a cent because it's a self-sufficient program."

She accuses President Barack Obama of being incapable of getting immigration laws changed and blames him for "splitting up millions of families with deportations." 

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