The situation sure looks as though the State’s are getting pretty fed-up with either the lack of the “inactive federal government” as President Obama calls it; or, and we stand behind this notion – the State’s are at risk from massive costs of illegal immigration and the idea of being sued by the federal government a la Arizona.
After hours of emotional debate, the Republican-led Texas House voted 100-47 on Monday night to give preliminary approval to legislation that would ban so-called sanctuary cities that critics contend are havens for illegal immigrants.
Latino lawmakers charged that the bill – one of Gov. Rick Perry’s top priorities – would lead to racial profiling and force millions of Texas Hispanics to “live in fear.”
This assertion is perhaps the most ridiculous we have heard. As we espoused yesterday, “racial profiling” means precisely what? The Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment is intended to go just so far. When one brings up “…it could lead up to political correctness…” we state this only because no one has done a decent job defining racial profiling. Reality states that there are between 12 and 20 million illegal aliens living in the USA.
Now for those good folks who were law abiding and got their visa’s in accordance with whatever
policy was in effect at that time that brings us up to approximately 23-24 million Hispanics living in the US. No one is profiling anyone.
Rep. Lon Burnam, D-Fort Worth, who represents a heavily Hispanic district, called the bill “one of the most overtly racist pieces of legislation I’ve seen.” We’ve always maintained that if a person wants to see racism – that is precisely what they’re going to see. (Artwork on school in Los Angeles.)
The bill has drawn strong opposition from Hispanics as well as law enforcement groups who say it will impose an added burden on already overworked police departments. We wish every Hispanic in our nation could read this. Fort Worth Mayor Mike Moncrief has also urged lawmakers to oppose the bill, saying it would slap Fort Worth and other Texas cities with an “unfunded mandate” to enforce federal immigration laws.
HB12 would prohibit local governments from adopting rules that would keep their police officers from inquiring about a person’s immigration status. Perry has tagged the bill as an “emergency” measure to give it priority status.
Rep. Rene Oliveira, D-Brownsville, called the measure “the most divisive bill I’ve seen” since he entered the Legislature in 1981. Has anyone taken the time to see what party affiliation these folks who are screaming “racial profiling” racists, lousy bill and the like? “We know there are people out there who will do racial profiling … and now they’re going to have a blanket amnesty to do it,” he said.
Solomons revised the measure to include a statement that he said was designed to soften concerns over racial profiling. Officers would be prohibited from considering “race, color, language or national origin.”
Local governments with policies that prohibit enforcement of state or federal immigration laws would be ineligible for state grant funds.