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2nd Texas Lawmaker Pushes for Immigration Law

2nd Texas Lawmaker Pushes for Immigration Law
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POSTED: Thursday, April 29, 2010 - 4:40am

UPDATED: Tuesday, May 4, 2010 - 1:08am

Austin, TX - (AP) - Two Republican Texas lawmakers plan to introduce tough immigration measures similar to the new law in Arizona, a move state Democrats say would be a mistake.

Rep. Debbie Riddle of Tomball said she will push for the law in the January legislative session, the San Antonio Express-News and Houston Chronicle reported Wednesday.

Rep. Leo Berman of Tyler told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that he also plans to file similar legislation.

The Arizona law will require local and state law enforcement to question people about their immigration status - and make it a crime for immigrants to lack registration documents.

The law is set to take effect later this summer.

"The first priority for any elected official is to make sure that the safety and security of Texans is well-established," said Riddle, who introduced a similar measure in 2009 that didn't get out of committee.

"If our federal government did their job, then Arizona wouldn't have to take this action, and neither would Texas."

Berman said one of his bills would require presidential candidates to provide documented proof to the Texas Secretary of State that they were born in the U.S. in order to be listed on the Texas ballot.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told a U.S. Senate hearing Tuesday that a Justice Department review is under way to determine the Arizona law's constitutionality.

Texas state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, a San Antonio Democrat and former president of the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators, called the law "extremely damaging and hateful."

Van de Putte predicted failure for any similar measures in Texas and said the GOP would suffer politically for such a move.

Asked about the Arizona law, GOP Gov. Rick Perry and his Democratic challenger, Bill White, emphasized through spokespeople that immigration is a federal responsibility.

Jim Harrington, of the Texas Civil Rights Project, predicted any similar effort in Texas would fail because Texas has "a different relationship with the Hispanic community."

"You can take the political temperature by just looking at Rick Perry being quiet," Harrington said.

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I like most of the illegal immigrants I have met, however with unemployment as high as it is, I have a problem with a flood of illegal undocumented workers entering our country every day. Secure our borders. Don't tell me we can't send our military in to build and patrol the border fence that our congress already approved. Then decide what to do about the ones already here. I say send the bad apples back to Mexico. Keep the ones who obey our other laws and are willing to work and pay taxes.

Arizona discriminates against American CITIZENS who AREN'T CAUCASIAN. There is a problem with immigration, but this ISN'T the Solution! It fosters the HATE, DISCRIMINATION & BULLYING of AMERICAN CITIZENS of color. What next? 3 minute men-likes will feel it's their patriotic duty to go up to anyone of color & ask them to prove their residency? People have stated, "If you're legal, what do you have to fear"? Not-fear; I reject actions that will associate crime & shame with not being CAUCASIAN!

What about those of us who are legal latinos and support it? Should we move, too?

Those who do not support this do not understand that legal latinos are 3 xs more likely to be a victim of illegal immigrant crime. We are killing ourselves...and I for one am tired of it.

This is not a red, white, and blue issue, nor is it a brown issue. It is a issue to stem the tide of illegal aligns coming across are borders. Under present laws, are local and state law enforcement hands are tide, this is only a tool to help.

Yes, but it's an invitation to racists.... To continue hating and discriminating people who aren't Caucasian. Whenever anyone enters a country, they must prove their citizenship & legal right to enter the country EVERYONE-including Caucasians have to show ID. This is equal treatment to all. This law singles out American Citizens who aren't Caucasian. So sorry to say, it is about color. This law is not the solution to a problem, that I agree, exists in America.

Yes there are others that are Caucasian that are trying to get in the country, but I would say that the majority of the illegal aligns coming across are not Caucasians. How many Canadians are there coming over, the majority of are border patrol, immagration, and the like are on our southern border. Why's that, because we like Canadians, or is it because most of the illegal aligns are coming in from our southern border.

Yes, but it's an invitation to racists.... To continue hating and discriminating people who aren't Caucasian. Whenever anyone enters a country, they must prove their citizenship & legal right to enter the country EVERYONE-including Caucasians have to show ID. This is equal treatment to all. This law singles out American Citizens who aren't Caucasian. So sorry to say, it is about color. This law is not the solution to a problem, that I agree, exists in America.

Go for it. A lot of immigrants came in the legal way, all should come in the legal way. That is what our country is about. This is NOT a RACE ISSUE. But the LAW

I totally agree with this comment, if people can come to this country and do what needs to be done to be a legal citizen, why can't the rest of them. The legal citizens of this country are paying higher taxes, because these illegal latinos come in this country and take advantage of state and/or federal funding programs like welfare and etc., while we work our behinds off.

Do brown republicans have to pick up and move too?

What are they waiting for? have a special session just to pass a law like Arizona. This is not a race issue this is a red white and blue issue.

White republicans; If you support this type of legislation, drag up, pack up and move.

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