Thursday, January 11, 2007

It's like a slow-motion train wreck

Well, despite the assertations of the Democratic Party that their wins in the mid-term elections actually means that most of America believes in liberal immigration issues, the anti-illegal-immigrant backlash continues.

The latest governmental entity to decide to do what their elected officials in Washington, DC refuse to is the city government of Farmer's Branch, Texas.

Last month, the city council of this small suburb of Dallas joined 60 other municipalities around the nation and passed a city ordinance -- unanimously -- requiring that landlords must establish that potential renters are either American citizens or have proper residency status before renting property to them. Renting property to illegal immigrants would net the landlord a $500 fine per day of occupancy.

They also passed an ordinance declaring English to be the official language of the city and allowing the city Police Department to participate in the enforcing of Federal immigration laws.

All measures were due to take effect Friday, 12JAN2007 -- tomorrow.

While I did note that with this measure Farmer's Branch joins about 60 other municipalities around the United States with this ordinance, it should also be noted that Farmer's Branch is the first town in the State of Texas to pass such laws.

As one might expect, the screaming has been fierce.

The Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF) and the ACLU managed to get a Texas District Judge to issue a 14-day restraining order against enforcing this ordinance -- on the grounds that part of the process of drafting the ordinance violated the Texas Open Meetings Act.

Both MALDEF and the ACLU -- along with the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) -- are also filing further lawsuits in both State and Federal Courts on multiple grounds.

The city has placed the measure on the ballot, and on 12MAY2007, the citizens of Farmer's Branch will be able to vote 'Yea' or 'Nay' to this anti-illegal-immigration measure.

Right now my crystal ball predicts two surefire things:

1) No matter which way the Good Citizens of Farmer's branch vote on May 12, it will be a long time before the legal challenges in State and Federal Court are done; and

2) Anti-illegal-immigrant measures are going to get worse until the U.S. Congress pulls it's collective thumb out of it's fundament and does something meaningful about the illegal immigrant problem in this country.

Keep an eye on this one, folks: it could wind up as history in the making.

LawDog

11 comments:

Rick T said...

Here in Costa Mesa, CA we have an ICE agent in the city jail processing the choirboys and girls our PD brings in, and so far 10% have been detailed and should be deported. Two of those detained have been deported multiple times, have lengthy criminal records and will face federal prosecution, withsentences of up to 20 years in prison possible.

Yes, the ACLU, MALDEF, etc. are all up in arms, but the citizens are quite happy.....

46 deported out of 450 arrests in a month is a Good Start.

Rick T

Rabbit said...

The hue and cry for the head of the judge who signed the injuction has started around here. He's one of the new Democrats who was swept into office in November and he's been on the bench a total of 11 days so far.

Can you say 'recall election' and 'one term'? I knew that you could.

The radio stations have been making hay with this all evening locally. One of them, a new conservative format station, took down a Mexican flag today which had mysteriously appeared on top of their 200 ft. tower this week after championing the Farmer's Branch city council.

Keep pushing. The backlash is gonna spool up and let loose soon.

Regards,
Rabbit.

Anonymous said...

I'm all for it.

Why should law breakers be allowed to live and work in the US without a care.

I hope more cities follow suit and finally fix what our congress is too cowardly to do.

Ulises from CA said...

I hope that the city also provides some training to landlords in distinguishing between the real thing & those bought in bulk on Florence Avenue.

Let's just annex Mexico & Canada & call it even.
:^p

Anonymous said...

No, let's don't annex either. They have spent 200 years or so creating their problems, we can't fix them in a couple of generations. Lets build some border fences, put some meaningful immigratin laws in place and enforce them. What am I drinking? Nothing that will make this go away!

Titan Mk6B said...

I think the MALDEF people are proving they don't have a clue. Mal in Spanish translates to bad. Kind of like when Chevrolet did not realize that Nova means no go.

Oh the libs and their entertainment value. If they weren't dangerous it would be so much more enjoyable.

Phoenix Ravenflame said...

I have some issues with placing more legal restrictions on how people do business, but that's not really the point in this case. *Something* certainly needs to be done, and these idiots aren't crying about it being unfair to the landlords, so those issues don't bother me so much.

I think it's actually a good practice for landlords to find out if their potential renter is here legally or not. I wouldn't want to rent property to a criminal. Even if they aren't on the run for having committed a crime somewhere else, there's a reason they're called *illegal* immigrants. If a person can choose not to rent to a convicted child-molester, or not to rent to someone who has done time for robbery, then they should be able to choose not to rent to an illegal.

KBCraig said...

I hope everyone who thinks, "Hell yeah, by gawd!" when reading of such ordinances, is prepared to do two things.

First, make sure to demand proof of citizenship or legal residency from every customer, client, business partner, supplier, contractor, or anyone else with whom you exchange money or goods. Don't like it? Think it would put a crimp in your business? Think immigration status has nothing to do with selling widgets? Well, welcome to the world of the landlord, whose only concern about his tenants is whether they pay the rent and keep his property in good condition.

Second: prove you're here legally. Go ahead. What do you have in your pocket right now, that will prove your family has been in Texas since 1836?

Unless you're one of the very few Americans who keep a passport on hand, you can't. I'm pretty certain none of you keep a certified copy of your birth certificate in your wallet, either.

How would you like to be in a jam for housing, and have to send off to another state and wait 4-6 weeks for a certified copy of your birth certificate? Not to mention the $20-50 fee involved.

"But, I don't have to do that! I'm an American!"

Prove it. Go ahead. We'll be waiting 4-6 weeks. You can sleep in your car in the meantime.

Larry said...

First, make sure to demand proof of citizenship or legal residency from every customer, client, business partner, supplier,[...]

Oh please. If you own a rental property, do you rent it out without any application process whatsoever? You do no checks on your prospective tenants' financial or rental background? If you're in business, do you enter into contracts blindly? If you really do, kbcraig, have I got some lovely bridges to sell to you!

Second: prove you're here legally. Go ahead. What do you have in your pocket right now, that will prove your family has been in Texas since 1836?

Give me a break. Yes, people often go out on the spur of the moment to rent a new place just because it's a sunny Sunday afternoon and they got tired of the wallpaper in the place they rented last week. Get real. First off, I have a Texas driver's license and a Social Security card, neither of which can be (legally) obtained (yet) by illegals. Second, I've got multiple certified copies of my birth certificate at home in a fire-proof safe. Third, I speak fluent (American) English which while not proof of citizenship certainly tends to go a long ways towards supporting that idea. All this is completely unlike the the three obvious illegals who rear-ended me in Richardson last year when the brakes on their delapidated, un-maintained lawn-care service truck failed completely. No driver's licenses (no identification of any kind whatsoever), no hables ingles, no nothing. What happened to them? The cop said nothing would probably happen to them in the end, except their truck would be impounded.

In short, kbcraig, I think your arguments make about as much sense as asking that store owners shouldn't ask for ID when checks are written to them because that's unfair to a tiny number of people who run out to the store with their checkbook but "forget" their ID.

Larry

KBCraig said...

Give me a break. Yes, people often go out on the spur of the moment to rent a new place just because it's a sunny Sunday afternoon and they got tired of the wallpaper in the place they rented last week. Get real.

That's right, no one has ever had to find housing quickly and unexpectedly. Ever heard of house fires? Floods? Tornadoes? Domestic violence?


First off, I have a Texas driver's license and a Social Security card, neither of which can be (legally) obtained (yet) by illegals.

And yet, they are obtained, whether legally or not. And even if valid, they do not prove citizenship or legal status.


Second, I've got multiple certified copies of my birth certificate at home in a fire-proof safe.

Bully for you. Now, try to recover the safe's contents while it's buried under charred rubble.


Third, I speak fluent (American) English which while not proof of citizenship certainly tends to go a long ways towards supporting that idea.

You look just like an illegal Canadian to me.

I know illegals who are perfectly fluent in English. I know native-born citizens who can't speak a word of it.

Your driver's license, SS card, and American accent don't prove diddly. But I guess that's okay, since you're not one of "those people" -- brown-skinned people with accents whose ancestors have probably been in Texas a lot longer than yours.

Larry said...

Bullshit, kbcraig. I've been in Texas a grand total of 6 yrs. Having driven through Texas before, I had no inclination to ever settle here, but that's where the job was and for the time being, that's where I am. I've never had any trouble proving a damned thing about who I am and what my history is, not even for my security clearance in the military. And you don't know dick about my skin color.

Your points are all brainless. Our country doesn't face a flood of illegal Canadians. Lord knows they wouldn't be accepting low-paying jobs and living 20 to a house, if they were.

If a town doesn't want to put up with illegals, that's fine by me. Illegal is illegal. If you don't like it, then DON'T GO THERE. For those who are legal but might possibly run into some trouble trying to prove their citizenship, there's an easy and simple solution -- do like I did and do what anybody with half-a-brain should do and GET PREPARED with whatever you need.

I'm sick and tired of coddling to the lowest, stupidest denominator, and equally sick of those who say I should.