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A Texas Showdown: The Immigration Debate

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Posted on May 10, 2011
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A fence divides the border between the U.S. and Mexico.

The Texas House of Representatives passed legislation late Monday targeting cities that assist undocumented immigrants, just hours before President Obama delivered a speech in El Paso advocating the DREAM Act and mocking the GOP’s stance on immigration. The Texas law would prohibit local governments from restricting police officers asking the immigration status of people taken into custody, and is reminiscent of Arizona’s SB 1040.

Obama is reviving the immigration debate, hoping to assuage disappointed supporters who watched the DREAM Act die in the Senate in December. He talked up border security in his speech Tuesday in Texas, saying the GOP “will never be satisfied” with his work to increase safety. Both sides seem to agree that Obama’s speech changes little, given that he’s working with a split Congress with little appetite for getting back into the reform debate. Beyond that, progressive critics say that by refusing to curtail work site audits and deportations of undocumented immigrants, Obama is showing his true colors on the issue. —KDG

Reuters:

The Texas House of Representatives late on Monday approved a measure that seeks to crack down on cities that provide sanctuary to illegal immigrants.

The measure would prohibit local governments from banning law enforcement officers asking about the immigration status of people who are lawfully detained or arrested. Republican Governor Rick Perry designated the measure as one of his emergency priorities for the legislative session.

“It simply prevents cities from telling officers to turn a blind eye to violators of federal law,” said the bill’s author, Republican Burt Solomons.

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MSNBC:

In a speech that had all the hallmarks of a campaign—the hand shaking, the outdoor event, chants of “Yes, we can”—President Obama sought to build a “movement” around comprehensive immigration reform.

“We need Washington to know that there is a movement for reform gathering strength from coast to coast,” Obama said here steps from the U.S.-Mexico border. “That’s how we’ll get this done.”

The president, however—in his first trip here to the border since taking office—did not offer any new details on what he would like to see in an immigration-reform bill, nor did he press a timeline.

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By Brittanicus, May 11, 2011 at 6:55 pm Link to this comment
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The Tea Party will not tolerate any further Amnesties, after the Great 1986 Amnesty laws were ignored by both parties. Internally in America, 20 million illegal aliens still find work in notorious businesses of every classification. The 2006 Secure (Double) Fence Act was intentionally unfunded just months after being enacted. The Tea Party apposes Sanctuary Cities, Chain Migration and the court mishandled instant citizen for babies intentionally conceived to gain entrance for illegal parents into America. The Dream Act, which in turn will add to the Chain Migration and Immigration Reform, a misleading name for Amnesty. All these lenient rewards, just encourages further exploitation and a unfettered magnet to financial benefits and public services once crossing the border or overstaying expired visas. The American people have woken up and each day are finding that the Tea Party (perhaps third party) are more like their middle class interpretation that they are striving for? The Tea Party stands somewhere between Democrats and Republicans in definition, as moderate Conservatism have received amazing results in such a short time. So Join the TEA PARTY as the revolution has just begun, to fade out the radical people who run this country. Skilled immigrants with high profession job expertise will receive the hospitality of all Americans, including the Tea party members. But we must stop the unfettered incursion of people, who will need welfare assistance and will displace impoverished Americans who still have a manual jobs.

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By frecklefever, May 10, 2011 at 4:43 pm Link to this comment

ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION HAS HAD ITS RUN….ANYTHING BUILT ON A
MOUNTAIN OF LIES HAS TO EVENTUALLY CATCH SOME WIND…IS SOME
SANITY BEGINING AN OSMOSIS IN THIS LAND…

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By Robespierre115, May 10, 2011 at 4:34 pm Link to this comment

Obama is just a pure cynic. He knows very well that he can’t get any sort of immigration reform passed while unemployment remains at 9%, the nationalist backlash would be enormous. He’s just throwing meat at the masses.

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By Robespierre115, May 10, 2011 at 4:32 pm Link to this comment

The sad truth is that Obama the king of cynics knows that he can’t get serious immigration reform passed while unemployment remains at 9%. The nationalist backlash would be enormous. He’s just throwing meat at the crowds.

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By Chris Herz, May 10, 2011 at 4:24 pm Link to this comment
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Texas has got it right:  We all know the real problem this country has is these brown immigrants, not crooked politicians and dysfunctional corporations.

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By sharonsj, May 10, 2011 at 3:09 pm Link to this comment
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I’m with Texas. Western states have a serious problem with illegals crossing over the border.  Not only are these people from Mexico, Central and South America, but other faraway countries as well.  There are so many illegals in America that we have no idea just how many—estimates are between ten and thirty million.  If the Federal government refuses to deal with the issue, then the states will.  P.S. And I’m a liberal Democrat.

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