Thursday, June 02, 2005

Minutemen in Texas

A couple of gems in this article, including U.S. Rep Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas, 18th district) getting her name in the news for wasting paper and ink with her 'amendment'. Block federal funding to a volunteer group that is already receiving none, huh? Great idea Sheila. You truly are one of the deep thinkers of the world.

Not wanting to be outdone, Democratic Texas State Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa lead the charge to outlaw the part of the First Amendment dealing with free assembly. Thankfully, Texas Governor Rick Perry told Hinojosa, and the eleven other state senators that signed Hinojosa's resolution to ban the Minutemen from the state that "he can't ban people from legal activity."

Quote from Hinojosa: "I don't think that there's any doubt that there's a tinge of racism beneath the surface in their attempt to try to stop immigrants from Mexico," Hinojosa said. "Why don't they do that in Canada?" Hey, Chuy, perhaps it has something to do with the dearth of illegal immigrants coming down from the North.

Keep an eye on this one kids, strangely enough, paT and I are on the same page with this one.


1 comment:

Patrick Armstrong said...

Yup. If you want to come enjoy the United States of America, you have to follow the rule of law. And I know too many Border Patrol agents (and almost was one) down in Artesia that aren't complaining.

What I don't like is the fact that Border Patrol and ICE have to fight so hard for funding. Republicans are running the show right now, and to be fair, there are probably plenty of Democrats who helped the situation get to where it is. They're all going to need to put up or shup up. Folks in the Southwest are fed up.

As far as screaming racisim, that is a big ol' fat cop out. Illegals (who are neither immigrants nor migrant workers) break American law, threaten American national security, increase the tax burden on Americans (native or immigrant) and cost Americans (native or immigrant) jobs. I don't care what color you are, when you engage in such activities that ain't gonna to make a lot of folks happy.

We need real solutions to this problem, and I hope that both Democrats and Republicans stop grandstanding and vote grubbing and do some real work.