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Berman plans immigration bill similar to Arizona law

April 28th, 2010 . by TexasFred

Berman plans immigration bill similar to Arizona law

AUSTIN – State Rep. Leo Berman, R-Tyler, will introduce immigration legislation comparable to a law recently enacted in Arizona, according to an aide.

Rep. Berman, who is traveling in Europe, authorized the aide to respond to KVUE News’ request for information regarding his plans for the 82nd Legislative Session which begins in January 2011.

According to the aide, Berman said his bill will be similar to the Arizona law, specifically the provision which requires local law enforcement agencies in the state to check the immigration status of individuals who they suspect of being in the United States illegally.

While the bill is expected to look a lot like the Arizona law, at least one group of Texas lawmakers notes that the Texas Legislature is very different that the Arizona Legislature.

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Aide: Texas rep. plans immigration bill similar to Arizona law

I know it’s a long shot, but it sure would be nice if Rep. Joe Driver got behind this too, it might make some of us think a lot better of him!

I know we had words in the past Joe, but this could go a long ways towards making things a lot better… I mean, since I know you’re reading here. Just sayin’…

State Rep. Solomon Ortiz, D-Corpus Christi, serves as the treasurer of the Mexican American Legislative caucus and said Berman’s bill will face a very different political reality here in Texas.

“The public that knows Leo will know this isn’t the first time he’s filed related or similar legislation,” he said. “The Mexican American Legislative Caucus is almost a third of the Texas House, so the prospects of something like this passing the Texas House is very slim.”

First, Ortiz is, obviously, a Hispanic. That’s pretty much a given. Second, Ortiz is one of those “dumber than a bag of dog crap” Hispanics that places the idea of being a Mexican-American above the idea of being an AMERICAN, a LEGAL American.

Oh, I’m fairly certain that Ortiz himself is legal, that’s not what I’m saying, but like most of the Hispanics that are against the new law in Arizona, and against it being implemented elsewhere, Ortiz automatically assumes that the word ILLEGAL means Hispanic. It does not, but many not too terribly intelligent folks have a guilty conscience or something, they don’t see that ILLEGAL means ANYONE that’s here illegally, they, for some reason take it personally, as if it’s an affront to them that a state, or a nation, would actually want to enforce the laws of the land.

Ortiz isn’t too smart either, not in MY opinion. He says, “The Mexican American Legislative Caucus is almost a third of the Texas House”. Ortiz needs to stop and think before he speaks. Almost a third? Almost? Does he not realize that “almost a third” is a losing proposition when it comes time to vote?

Ortiz’ prediction doesn’t please Texas voters like Kelly Clark who grew up in Arizona and now lives in Leander.

“I’m an American. I pay taxes. I want people to know if there is somebody here that’s going to get paid to, basically, take money out of my mouth,” he said.

Clark dismissed worries over possibly requiring local Texas law enforcement agencies to enforce federal immigration statutes.

“I think law enforcement should be upholding all of it,” he said. “I don’t think the law should change from one location to another.”

I am as likely to be asked my citizenship as is anyone else in this state. You see, here’s what the people making all the noise don’t want you to hear, police are NOT going to be *on the hunt* for ILLEGALS.

Our police will only ask you about your citizenship IF, I repeat, IF you have been stopped for some legitimate reason. The color of your skin will have absolutely nothing to do with you being asked about your legality. You will have been stopped, detained, questioned, whatever the case may be, for reasons other than American citizenship!

The key issue here is this, Hispanics, legal and otherwise, those that are against this law, are afraid they will be *profiled*. At least that’s the excuse being given. If an individual is asked by an officer, “Are you a legal resident of the USA?”, and if they answer, “Why yes, I am”, it’s pretty much a done deal if they really are, have a great day Sir and/or Madame!

If they are NOT legal residents of the USA, too bad, so sad, off to jail you go! Do not pass go, do not collect $200.00. That would be $200.00 that Al $harpton would try to con you out of if you had it anyway…

Other Texas voters, including Shakshi Kshatriya, a Houston-native who now lives in Austin, worry such a law would lead to racial profiling and violates the U.S. Constitution.

“It really is just letting police pull over whomever they think is illegal and, actually, when you think about it, that is an outrage,” she said. “We have all these different, diverse groups of people. That’s going to be an insult on their own integrity.”

Shakshi Kshatriya, you are dumber than a bag of dog crap! Diversity is a wonderful thing, celebrate it, embrace it, shout it from the rooftops. I am all for diversity. What a boring life it would be if we were all clones. But celebrate your diversity as an American citizen, or as a LEGAL resident of this nation! How hard is that for people to comprehend?

The two leading candidates for Texas governor – incumbent Republican Rick Perry and Democrat Bill White, the former mayor of Houston – have declined to say if they would sign or veto such legislation if it ever reached their desk.

OK, MY opinion, Governor Perry WILL NOT sign such a piece of legislation IF it comes up before the Tuesday, November 2, 2010 elections. After the elections, if Perry wins, it’s still a 50-50 proposition whether he would or not. And as I said, MY opinion.

Bill White is a stone cold libber, figure it out…

Whatever the fate of Berman’s bill, lawmakers including Ortiz expect a fight over the legislation, especially as worries continue to simmer along the border, that cartel drug violence in Mexico will spill into Texas.

“Nobody wants to see that happen, obviously, but the federal government obviously has an obligation to enforce federal laws and enforce immigration policy,” Ortiz said.

“Nobody wants to see that happen, obviously, but the federal government obviously has an obligation to enforce federal laws and enforce immigration policy,”

Really? An obligation? Obviously? Uh, Solomon, when was the last time the federal government met ANY obligation of enforcement concerning ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION? Obvious or otherwise?

Try 1954 (SOURCE) Solomon!

Do you have any more silly quips about the duties and obligations of the federal government you want to make and have shot down Solomon?

I’m on a roll! :P

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17 Responses to “Berman plans immigration bill similar to Arizona law”

  1. comment number 1 by: BobF

    Whenever you have any dealings with law enforcement, they always ask for ID. Your ID is what proves you’re who you say you are. Wasn’t the “Green Card” the ID people would produce to prove they’re in this country legally? Other than now make it against the law to be in Arizona without proper ID and giving local law enforcement the authority to arrest those without proper ID, what has changed?

    If I’m stopped in Arizona and cannot produce a drivers license or any form of ID, I’m going to be arrested. It doesn’t matter what my ethnicity is, I’m going to jail until I can properly prove who I am. At one time, wasn’t that called Vagrancy?

  2. comment number 2 by: TexasFred

    Bob, those that DON’T get it are dumber than a bag of dog crap! I can’t think of any other way to look at it…

  3. comment number 3 by: HoosierArmyMom

    You are indeed on a roll Fred, thank Gawd!!!! I say, “Go Texas”!!!
    And you are right, people who don’t get it are plain stupid and probably won’t get it until an illegal puts them on the ground, dying in a pool of their own blood!

  4. comment number 4 by: Kate

    Those who are legal really need to decide if they are actually Americans or not! If not, then they need to return to the land of their ancestors, and take that freakin’ hyphen with them. I wonder….if the U.S. were ever in a literal war with Mexico, which side would they fight on?

    Serious question: Why wouldn’t Perry sign a bill that would protect Texans?

  5. comment number 5 by: TexasFred

    Because Perry is a POLITICIAN 1st, a Texan 2nd and a RINO above all else…

  6. comment number 6 by: BobF

    HAM, illegals have been killing American Citizens at a rate of 12 per day according to this article written in 2006. Over 14,000 Americans have died at the hands of illegals since the day the article was written. About the only thing our government has done about it is to jail law enforcement personnel who have the audacity to return fire to protect themselves and this nation.

  7. comment number 7 by: minuteman26

    Fred - As you probably know, State Rep Solomon Ortiz is the son of US Rep Solomon Ortiz. Living here in South Texas it is readily apparent that when it comes to politics both are Hispanics first and Americans when it suits them. As for Perry, he will go where his polls tell him to go especially before November.

  8. comment number 8 by: daddontsk8


    Berman is not alone. Debbie Riddell of Tomball is proposing the same thing. Texas Lawmaker to Introduce Immigration Bill Like Arizona’s

    Count 2 votes: 74 more to go.

  9. comment number 9 by: Kate

    Silly me. Was kind of hoping he had snapped out of it, but I reckon not. A case of once a RINO, always a RINO?

  10. comment number 10 by: Ron Russell

    I hope you all have some luck in the legislature. From what you say it looks to be a uphill battle. I think when anyone is stopped for some violation, they should at least be asked where they are from. The border patrol, years ago used this method to screen for illegal’s and it seemed effective at the time. Driver license checks should be run and that would catch many illegal’s. I see many different ways to do this to avoid that racial profiling thing that many complain about, although I see nothing wrong with it.

    Sadly this AZ law will be challenged shortly and some federal judge will likely overturn it. Boy, I’ve seen all this before and its starting to get old. States pass laws and an appointed judge overturns what state reps have approved. The feds just have too much power and that must be changed or we are screwed!

  11. comment number 11 by: HoosierArmyMom

    Bob, I didn’t realize it was that bad. I do remember Bush kowtowing to The Hague and order illegals convicted of murder and on death row to be given new trials because we didn’t allow them access to the Mexican Consolate! I was spitting nails on that one! What BS! If they are here illegally and break our laws then it’s our laws that apply and Bush should have told the Hague to shove it where the sun don’t shine!

    But I’m just a hater and a racist… grrrr….

  12. comment number 12 by: Nancy 2

    I believe State Rep. Debbie Riddle, R-Tomball, and Jaime O. Perez of El Paso, Republican candidate for County Judge, are both pushing for a bill like Arizona’s in Texas.

  13. comment number 13 by: TexasFred

    Comment #8 shows a link to Riddle…

    A candidate for County Judge can support this but can’t introduce legislation…

  14. comment number 14 by: BobF

    Great News!!! Missouri is considering an immigration law similar to Arizona. People in this country are fed up with illegal immigration.

  15. comment number 15 by: TexasFred

    AWESOME NEWS Bob!! Every state in this nation needs to do it, and if the ILLEGALS, no matter WHERE they are from, don’t like it, get the hell OUT of this US 0f A!!

  16. comment number 16 by: TexasFred

    Here’s a bit of a different perspective, an email I received from one of my *overseas* readers…

    Hi Fred,

    Just want to ask: why do we need immigration reform? Why the heck don’t we just enforce the laws we already have?

    When I hear “immigration reform” it tells me “someone” wants to stick it to the lawful citizens and begin working on “legalizing” all those illegal immigrants who are in the country.

    As an American living in a foreign country, I must carry with me at all times my identify card showing my legal status and my passport. I have been stopped for routine traffic checks, documents perused and sent on my way. This is not a big deal. Why are these bleeding hearts putting putting the rights of criminals ahead of the interests of our country? Because isn’t this what they are: people here illegally are by definition lawbreakers ergo criminals.

    Actually, I do know the answers to my questions but it felt good to get this off my chest!

    Thanks and keep up the good fight!


    Having traveled extensively to other nations, I KNOW that this is the truth, and I know that those screaming about carrying ID are DUMBER than dog crap, and that’s pretty damned useless…

  17. comment number 17 by: BobF

    I just saw Debbie Riddle on Fox News. She’s a very impressive lady.