Immigration heating up Texas Capitol

22 11 2006

Cross Posted by Morning Coffee

Illegal Immigration legislation may have been put on the back burner in Washington DC as Democrats take control of the House and Senate, but some state legislatures are moving forward with bills addressing various problems posed by illegal immigration. Here are some bills being proposed in the Texas legislature.

From The Monitor.com 

Illegal immigration may be a federal issue but lawmakers in Texas are bracing for what could be a bitter debate over it during the upcoming Legislature.

Some say the debate may be less rancorous than the one seen earlier this year across the nation, considering the Legislature has limited authority on immigration matters.

But lawmakers have already filed at least a dozen bills relating to illegal immigrants in the week since early filing began. Thousands more bills are expected to be filed before the March 9 deadline and some are sure to relate to illegal immigration.

One bill by Sen. Royce West, D-Dallas, would charge a fee on money wired abroad. The state would use the money to pay counties for health care they provide to indigent patients, some of whom are illegally here.

A bill by Rep. Ken Paxton, R-McKinney, would require proof of citizenship when applying for state-funded health care programs.

The bill that will likely spark the greatest controversy however, is a bill proposed by Leo Berman which would prohibit children of illegal immigrants born in Texas from food stamps, public housing, government pensions and disability checks. It would also ban the children from getting government jobs. The bill also prohibits the children from attending public schools or accessing state-funded health care, but Berman said in a phone interview on Tuesday he planned to remove those two provisions when the bill reaches a committee.

Berman wants the law to pass so it will be challenged in court and, ultimately, the U.S. Supreme Court will have to decide whether the 14th Amendment should be interpreted to continue granting citizenship to all children born in the United States.

Berman said times have changed since the Civil War when the amendment was ratified. Children of two illegal immigrant parents should not be granted citizenship, he said.

These are discussions that we need to have in this country, and one would hope we could have that debate in a civil manor without the charges of racism and hatred being thrown about by either side. This is a discussion that should be about public policy, about how our tax dollars are spent, and our national security. Skin color has nothing to do with it.  Unfortunately with the recent history of the immigration debate in this country I will not be holding my breath waiting for that civil discourse.

Some other CAII Posts:

Take Back Georgia has:  Illegal Immigration showdown in Cherokee TODAY!!!

and from stikNstein: Immigration officials working hard to..WINK,WINK….Stop employers from hiring illegal labor


**This was a production of The Coalition Against Illegal Immigration (CAII). If you would like to participate, please go to the above link to learn more. Afterwards, email the coalition and let me know at what level you would like to participate.

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