Immigration heating up Texas Capitol

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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  1. Terric post. This is good news for all those who want to preserve the American ideals that have made this country great.

    People who come here to learn our ways and become informed citizens are one thing. Those who come here for the sole purpose of ripping us off, and freeloading on all we have already accomplished, are quite another matter.

  1. 1 Coalition Against Illegal Immigration

    Immigration heating up Texas Capitol

    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 proble…

  2. 2 stikNstein….has no mercy » Blog Archive » Illegal Immigration…..Americans are Mad in Escondido……Listen up Congress!

    […] Skip wrote on November 21, 2006 6:09 AM:”This is the best tax payer’s money the city has ever spent. Escondido suffers from serious problems due to the influx of Illegal Aliens. If these problems are not addressed then the U.S. Citizens will start leaving this city and it will truly turn into Tijuana.” ____________________ El Guero wrote on November 21, 2006 6:52 AM:”According to the story, Judge John A. Houston, a George Bush appointee, said that ‘the city’s proposed reliance on a federal database system to determine tenants’ immigration status could burden immigration officials who would be asked to issue final determinations on an individual’s residency.’ What do ICE agents and the Border Patrol use to definitively determine someone’s residency status? The Psychic Hotline?” _____________________ Tired wrote on November 21, 2006 7:01 AM:”Im so sick and tired of liberal bought judges. Kick out the illegals and clean up Escojuana” _____________________ to–Tired wrote on November 21, 2006 8:29 AM:”Sorry TIRED–Huston was appointed by Bush and so have dozens of San Diego judges. _____________________ Taxpayer Burden wrote on November 21, 2006 8:24 AM:”Houston is concerned about burdening immigration officials? What about the taxpayers tired of the burden of providing free education, social services and health care to illegals? Maybe it is time to hire some more hardworking, legal residents and taxpaying citizens to do the work that illegals don’t want to do and process illegals for deportation! Why would there even be a question about the federal authority to govern immigration law? Could it be that they set precedent in not governing and enforcing it? Opponents of the housing ordinance keep pointing out that it IS the federal government’s responsibility to enforce immigration laws, not the City of Escondido!” _____________________ I feel sure that in the end wrote on November 21, 2006 7:29 AM:”Escondido will prevail. There are 52 other cities across the US who have passed similar laws. Lawmakers are going to have to come to the realization that people are mad, and they want the ILLEGAL aliens deported, not rewarded. It is a process, we must keep ever vigilant in our watch over our country.” ______________________ Our Government is not protecting us, and refuses to do so. OUR CONGRESS, (PEOPLE WHO TOOK AN OATH TO PROTECT US) HAS WELCOMED MILLIONS OF ILLEGAL ALIENS INTO OUR COUNTRY AND………. DOESN’T KNOW WHO THEY ARE….. DOESN’T KNOW WHERE THEY CAME FROM…. DOESN’T KNOW WHERE THEY ARE LIVING….. DOESN’T KNOW WHAT THEY ARE DOING…..HAS NO PLAN TO FIND THEM….. HAS NO INTENTION OF MAKING THEM LEAVE…..AND HAS NO INTENTION OF PREVENTING THOUSANDS MORE FROM CROSSING OUR BORDER EVERY DAY… THESE ARE PEOPLE WE VOTED FOR……. Americans are passing laws to protect themselves……and, They will continue to do so. It does not stop here……….. Morning Coffee is strong today This was a production of The Coalition Against Illegal Immigration (CAII). […]

  3. 3 My Country-My View

    Immigration heating up Texas Capitol

    CROSS POSTED FROM 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 …




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