Local Leaders Oppose Governor Perry's Immigration Efforts

Local Leaders Oppose Governor Perry's Immigration Efforts
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POSTED: Thursday, January 27, 2011 - 5:43pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, February 1, 2011 - 4:29pm

EL PASO - Some states are looking to adopt immigration laws similar to Arizona's controversial SB 1070, but tomorrow local El Paso leaders will implore Texas government not to.

Tomorrow Congressman Silvestre Reyes, State Senator Jose Rodriguez, County Judge Veronica Escobar, Mayor John Cook, and a commander from the Sheriff's Office will address their concerns over governor Rick Perry's efforts to require that local law enforcement check immigration status.

"Whether or not someone is undocumented, they shouldn't feel afraid to cooperate with police to help solve and report crimes," Congressman Reyes said in a statement.

Leaders say El Paso will lose its safest city title if police and sheriff's deputies must instead spend their time engaging in immigration matters.

There will be a press conference tomorrow at 11:45 a.m. in the lobby of the Cortez building downtown.

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MAN!!! this immigration mess is getting sooooo annoying!!! how in the world did the illegal's end up being treated a whole lot better than the people that actually worked hard to become legal. MAKES NO SENSE TO ME!!! These politicians are worried about the WRONG people. They're worried about losing all of these illegal's because it'll lower their votes, which just totally baffles me that they're even able to vote, how the heck did that happen???

El Paso is already the city that Texas forgot! I know I don't want my state looking like Mexico and that's exactly what it's looking like! Send them all home, we can't afford to pay for the illegals and their anchors anymore! I'm getting out of this city ASAP regardless. These people just being here is a CRIME and nothing is done about it!!!! Wish I could go rob a bank without consequences!

Officials in El Paso know that agreeing to Arizona-type policies would subject 82% of the population to unlawful profiling in addition to forcing them to carry papers (regardless if they are U.S. citizens or legal residents) wherever and whenever they travel the streets of the city.
Why should the will of 18% of the population be imposed on 82%?

Didn't know caring papers was so hard. When you get sworn in and get your permanent residency card it states you must carry and declare that you are permanent resident. So what is the difference? You have to carry your insurance papers for your car at all times too.

OMG! You got pulled over for speeding and your a legite U.S. citizen/visa/permanent resident cardholder what do you have to worry about.

Dear fhero: Can't figure if you're biased or ungrounded in reality. So let me propose the basics of a law that would produce the results you seem to want. Let a law direct local cops to ask for "papers" from ALL the folks they stop, including gringos. Those that cannot produce "papers" should be detained, referred to ICE until their immigration or citizenship status can be determined. I would support something like that in a New York minute.

Ungrounded in reality? Who said anything about that or being biased. I simply said if your a legal citizen no matter what race you have nothing to worry about.

Your the one crying wolf about being potentially discremenated against and yet it hasn't even happened yet.

I hope i do get stopped because i can look past my own inferiority complex to see the bigger picture of why this is important to help our country take control of illegal immigrants that are breaking our laws.

Reason why you should be an illegal in el paso:
*free medical
*free education
*no sales or state tax when buying merchandise
*are not required to pay for state inspection stickers on their foreign vehicle
*your foreign vehicle does not have to meet state emissions control
*free goverment sponsored food at schools
*do not have to pay social, medicare, or federal tax if you work here.
*not required to have insurance on your vehicle

*you get automatic financial aid at UTEP plus a job at the university
*also can be granted foodstamps and other assistant programs
*if you get a ticket from EPPD not required to pay it because if you get caught you'll just be deported and you'll come back next week.
*Your children can assualt federal officers on the border and sue the U.S. for millions

So yah why be american when you get way more benefits as an illegal.Its time to see that it is a drain on the economy especially EP.

Well of course El Paso city officials oppose the changes! Who will clean their yards, their homes, cook for them and watch their kids all for less than minimum wage? What are they afraid of, their families having to leave? It’s time to help our own and enough of the free loading and strain to tax payers! Take away the hook status of the kids born to illegals on tax payers dollars!

el paso leaders are in denial! the only way we will remain the safest city is if the police and sheriff's deputies help get rid of these lawbreakers. i guess it's ok for law abiding citizens to be afraid, not the lawbreaking illegal immigrants.

Reyes is a jerk..." they(illegals) shouldn't be afraid to report crimes" ! Heck...its a crime that they're here ILLEGALLY!!! They SHOULD be afraid of law enforcement no matter whom is represented. Dems need to pull their head out of the darkness and get on board to STOP ILLEGAL immigration... PERIOD!

You must be in ecstasy stuper to think that 18% of el paso's population is going to dictate to 82%. This cannot happen and it won't. Go to Arizona - The governor there and its two senators ahere to your type of thinking.

Reyes is a jerk..." they(illegals) shouldn't be afraid to report crimes" ! Heck...its a crime that they're here ILLEGALLY!!! They SHOULD be afraid of law enforcement no matter whom is represented. Dems need to pull their head out of the darkness and get on board to STOP ILLEGAL immigration... PERIOD!

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