Skip to comments.Texas Governor Faces Unexpected Moment of Truth On Immigration
Posted on 06/01/2011 10:08:34 PM PDT by smoothsailing
June 1, 2011
As Arizonas immigration law SB 1070 received overwhelming public support last year, Texas Governor Rick Perry attempted to thread a political needle by talking tough on immigration while asserting that a law similar to Arizonas would not be the right direction for Texas. In a case of dramatic political theater, the Texas legislature has unwittingly and quite unexpectedly, put Perry in a box he made every attempt to avoid being placed in.
As the Texas legislative session was winding down just this week, Democratic state Senator Wendy Davis (Fort Worth) made a huge blunder; she filibustered an education spending bill that could not be left unresolved, in part, because of all the funds that would be withheld from public schools as a result of it being tied to the budget.
Failure to pass the bill all but mandated that Perry call a special legislative session to resolve the impasse. However, theres a hitch that Davis and her fellow Democrats failed to recognize. In Texas, special legislative sessions make it possible for any and all unresolved bills to come to the floor for a vote. In this case, one such bill is very similar to Arizonas SB 1070. Perhaps even more important is the fact that a super majority is not required to bring a vote to the floor in a special session; it can be done with a simple majority.
If HB 12, dubbed the Sanctuary Cities bill, would have been passed and signed into law, cities and counties would have been prohibited from forcing law enforcement not to inquire about a persons immigration status. In essence, it was a nuanced version of the Arizona law, which requires officers to check immigration status. This Texas bill would simply prevent officers from being told not to.
At the beginning of the regular session, Perry placed sanctuary cities on his list of emergency items he wanted the legislature to address. On its face, this would indicate he endorsed passage of such a bill. In the end though, HB 12 passed in the House but died in the Senate when it was blocked by 12 Democrats.
This leads us back to the special session. HB 9 a bill that effectively mirrors HB 12 has been filed by a Republican State Rep. With no need for a super majority, the odds of such a bill passing will go up exponentially. Only one thing needs to happen in order for the vote to be brought to the floor; Governor Rick Perry must add it to the list of items to consider.
On one hand, Perry has said a bill similar to the one in Arizona would not be right for Texas. On the other hand, he has said dealing with the issue of sanctuary cities is an emergency and a priority. To remain true to his word, Perry must allow HB 9 to be voted on before the special session ends after 30 days. Compounding the debate further is what happened in the hours before Davis ill-fated filibuster. A Houston police officer named Kevin Will was killed by a drunk illegal alien with a BAC of .238. If a sanctuary city law was in place prior to Wills death, perhaps his would-be killer would not have been in Texas at all. Will leaves behind two children and a wife who is expecting.
As the Texas Governor mulls a presidential run, he is likely hearing from political consultants and gurus that he should not touch this legislation, that doing so will dramatically hamper any such aspirations.
In reality, the opposite is true. If he listens to such consultants, he will have been exposed as someone who doesnt mean what he says. In essence, ascribing the word emergency to the issue of dealing with sanctuary cities will have been nothing more than a political calculation. It will mean he talked tough only when he thought he wouldnt be called on it. It would make him a dishonest RINO.
If Perry allows the bill to be voted on, it will quite likely get passed. If he then signs it into law, his odds of being the Republican presidential nominee in 2012 will go up. Go figure, all he has to do is ignore those consultants.
Ben Barrack is a talk show host on KTEM 1400 in Texas and maintains a website at benbarrack.com
I will be watching this closely.
Closing down the sanctuary movement is very important to the U.S.A.
Illegal aliens are not persecuted in this country; we simply want them all to go home. If they want to come back, then do so through the front door - legally.
talking tough and appearing tough on illegal immigration while secretly doing jack squat about illegal immigration is a GOP art form. Let’s see how good Perry’s game really is.
Don’t hold your breath. Perry is a RINO.
When does he put the best interests of the county ahead of his political aspirations. If he will not act to secure the border as a governor, he sure is not going to act on it as president. Find someone else to support.
“Dont hold your breath. Perry is a RINO.”
He is like most pols on both sides of the aisle.
Today’s batch, with the exception of Sarah and a few others, are no better then street thugs, looking for their next buck, or in some cases, BJ.
It is so sad that the once great country is polluted with
so many low life politicians.
Reason number xxxx why I am so happy not to be there now.
America filled up 40 years ago, no more shipping of foreigners to America period.
Perry holds no real power and therefore shouldn't be considered for POTUS
As a Texan, I heartily agree with you.
Well, my Governor, let’s see if you care about the rule of law, or are just “good hair.”
I don’t know, this will tell...
Oh what a tangled web Rick weaves! No wonder Karl Rove and Dubya told people he wasn't the sharpest knife in the drawer by a damn sight!
(Art.) If he listens to such consultants, he will have been exposed as someone who doesn’t mean what he says. ... It will mean he talked tough only when he thought he wouldn’t be called on it. It would make him a dishonest RINO.
Yup, yup, and .... yup!!
That's RiNO Rick all the way. Big Chief Dull Knife!
The upside is, maybe the conservative GOPers in the House will finally get to make tire tracks all over their RiNO speaker and governor and we'll get a halfway decent bill on "sanctuary" policies.
Listening to Senfronia and the Dims scream a Klingon opera would be well worth the wait. Hell, I could sell tickets!
Regardless of what Governor Rick does this is real simple.
“Illegal Immigration” is against the Law.
Sanctuary Cities encourage illegal immigration. They encourage foreigners to break our law.
It must end......
AGREED. That said, we do have to fix the legal process. It’s an over-expensive mess, benefiting only the lawyers and government entities involved.
I don’t know about you, but once Perry’s webcams started going up on the border, I felt a lot safer!