Skip to comments.Debate over massive fence plan is heating up in South Texas
Posted on 07/08/2007 7:13:18 AM PDT by Dysart
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Texas doesn’t get a vote.
Looks like your theory will be tested soon. Oklahoma and Georgia have started the ball rolling by changing their own enforcement legislation. I wonder what California, Arizona and Texas will do if they are the only states left that haven't cracked down on illegals...
Just so. And what better way to do it than to design a wall that costs megabillions, angers the environmental voters, and in many places will have to be way back from the border, effectively giving Mexico large swatches of our country?
All we need is a couple of fences, some motion detectors, and some border guards who won't get thrown in jail for shooting invaders.
The Mexicans already have such a system. Try sneaking into Mexico and see what happens to you. If the drug runners and the kidnappers don't get you, the army will.
Arizona has passed tough legislation—California and Texas still need to. I’m wondering what Ahnuld will do after his statement that they should learn English upset CA’s Mexican population?? Perhaps, we’ll get our Border Fence built first??
I’m hoping that word gets around to the illegal immigrants, that they are welcome in Tennessee; it’s always nice to see a governor eat his words.
At least 18 states have enacted laws concerning illegal immigrants. Most of the legislation is seen as punitive, and it reflects legislators’ anger at the federal government’s inability to seal the southern border and at provisions in the Senate bill that would allow the 12 million illegal immigrants already here a path to citizenship.
Arizona - Its new law effectively sets up a two-strikes penalty. A business employing an illegal immigrant would have its business license suspended temporarily. A second offense would mean a permanent revocation of that license. A proposal would let police ask people they arrest about their citizenship status and seize them if they cannot produce proper documents. Arizona Rep. Russell Pearce (R) said Bush’s support of the guest-worker provision in the Senate bill “made me sick.” He called it “a sellout of America” and said: “I’m more than frustrated. I will do everything I can to unelect folks who sell out America.”
Arkansas - Immigration officials say a regional task force could be created in northwest Arkansas so a group of law officers from several agencies could be trained to enforce immigration laws. - still in the process of enacting legislation to force employers to verify their workers’ legal status
Colorado - still in the process of enacting legislation to force employers to verify their workers’ legal status
Hawaii - still in the process of enacting legislation to force employers to verify their workers’ legal status
Idaho—Similar measures to Oklahoma are being considered
Maryland lawmakers defeated a proposal that would have let illegal immigrants pay in-state college tuition. Lawmakers are still considering a measure that would place a 5 percent surcharge on wire transfers to Mexico.
Michigan, lawmakers considered stripping health and welfare benefits from undocumented immigrants.
Missouri Sen. Chris Koster, a Republican, said that when he tried to push a law through the GOP-controlled chamber that would force employers to verify the status of workers, his colleagues defeated it handily, expressing concern about its impact on business.
Nebraska — Similar measures to Oklahoma are being considered
North Carolina growers need immigrant workers in order to thrive, but passing legislation friendly to illegal immigrants is difficult.
Oklahoma, Taxpayer and Citizen Protection Act, signed by Gov. Brad Henry (D) last month, restricts illegal immigrants’ access to all forms of official identification, bars them from receiving public assistance and metes out stiff fines to employers who hire them. “Illegal immigrants will not come to Oklahoma if there are no jobs waiting for them,” said state Rep. Randy Terrill (R), who wrote his state’s law, one of the most sweeping in the country.
Oregon, where a House bill would prohibit the state from hiring undocumented workers, said its core supporters are upset by the U.S. Senate bill. “We don’t support amnesty,” said spokesman Shawn Cleave, echoing the position of the North Carolina Republican Party, which proudly said it broke with Bush on the issue.
Pennsylvania, other measures — “so many, like seven,” he said — go after employers who hire illegal immigrants and deny the immigrants themselves benefits and other services.
Tennessee - still in the process of enacting legislation to force employers to verify their workers’ legal status. Tennessee’s governor says, “it’s the Fed’s job, we aren’t doing anything.”
Virginia, House of Delegates, approved a far-reaching proposal to strip charities and other organizations of state and local funding if any of the money is used to provide services to immigrants who are in the country illegally.
West Virginia - still in the process of enacting legislation to force employers to verify their workers’ legal status
I knew someone was keeping a list ...thanks!
That works out to $70 MILLION PER MILE to build and maintain a fence for 25 years? It had better be a real nice fence with sharks and laser beams!
Interesting. Looks like they want to keep their illegals but are making sure they stay uneducated while keeping the money the illegals make from employment in the state. LOL.
I wonder what happens to the US-Mexico border if the river changes course.
The border is international territory. These landowners don’t have a leg to stand on. Build the fence now!
It’s time for fences, walls and people to secure the border.
Let these land owners move to Santa Ana California if they like it so much.
How many of them might have back door drug money deals with Mexico?
I think we get worn down by the “nattering nabobs of negativism”, myself.
Sounds like you’ve not actually studied the history of the Texas Rangers. THEY WERE NOT FORMED FOR THE BORDER. They were formed to protect settlers from the hostiles. The actual border protection came later. There was some border protection when we were the Republic of Texas...The border protection came after we joined the union. Rangers accompanied federal troops to help protect the border. Since the Rangers were such skilled fighters against the hostiles...the federal troops needed their help. Now the feds would not venture into Mexico when after hostiles...but the rangers sure would.
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