Monday, March 7, 2011

Anchor Babies, Immigration reform, Texas Law & Mendacity

I love the movie adaptation of the Tennessee Williams play, 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof'. This is one of my favorite scenes from the movie...


So...

Undocumented immigrants pose an immense threat to the safety of our country because there is rumored (sorry, I mean reports) to be an 17, 18-30 year plot to destroy the United States from within. Based on these rumors (uh, excuse me...reports) Texas needs to enact tough, stringent, illegal immigration laws in order to ensure the safety of our nation...

UNLESS...

These undocumented immigrants care for our lawns, our houses or our children...

"...under the House Bill 2012 introduced by a tea party favorite state Rep. Debbie Riddle -- who's been saying for some time that she'd like to see Texas institute an Arizona-style immigration law -- hiring an undocumented maid, caretaker, lawnworker or any type of houseworker would be allowed. Why? As Texas state Rep. Aaron Pena, also a Republican, told CNN, without the exemption, "a large segment of the Texas population" would wind up in prison if the bill became law."
""When it comes to household employees or yard workers it is extremely common for Texans to hire people who are likely undocumented workers," Pena told the news giant. "It is so common it is overlooked.""

"...Riddle's chief of staff, Jon English, explained that the exception was to avoid "stifling the economic engine" in Texas."

""It is an admittedly clumsy first attempt to say, 'We are really focusing on the big businesses,'" English said. Texans shouldn't be punished for hiring lawn care companies who hire unauthorized immigrants, he said, according to the Texas Tribune's website."

Talk about mendacity...

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Here's a look at the actual bill, HB1202

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