On March 7, 2012, the Republican incumbent District 56 Representative Charles "Doc" Anderson and the challenger, Chistopher DeCluitt, participated in a debate in Waco at University High School. They discussed several questions that deal with immigration:
(1) In-state tuition for undocumented students (4:15-7:41). If the law were up for a vote again, Chris DeCluitt would vote against the in-state tuition law as it is now because he has concerns about the ability to verify 3 year residence for students to qualify. Mr. Anderson supports the law as it is (I think).
(2) Border Security (34:56-38:30). This was a broad question that included what should be done with the undocumented that are on this side of the border. Neither candidate addressed the undocumented question but both focused on Border Security. Mr. Anderson emphasized the increased funding and resources that Texas has spent on border security under Governor Perry. Mr. DeCluitt is of the opinion that Texas should let the federal government secure the border and that the resources should be redirected to fight the drug crime that occurs on the Texas-Mexico border.