Immigration Insanity in Texas

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On Memorial Day the Texas legislature conducted ceremonial proceedings, concluding its current legislative session. Those proceedings were interrupted by protesters angry over the passage of SB-4, Texas’s new “anti-sanctuary” law. SB-4, requires Lone Star State police chiefs and sheriffs to cooperate with requests to hold criminal aliens in custody, for arrest by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Critics charge that the bill will lead to “racial profiling” and “civil rights” violations.

The protesters, many of whom wore red tee shirts that read “lucha” (“fight back” in Spanish) and carried signs reading “I am illegal and here to stay,” eventually became unruly. In response, Representative Matt Rinaldi took the eminently reasonable step of calling ICE. Apparently, this touched off a scuffle on the floor of the legislature.

The media response has been predictably biased. Most mainstream media outlets have implied that Rep. Rinaldi committed some unpardonable sin. Coverage of the incident by The Daily Beast is typical. In a piece titled, “Report: Texas Republican Called ICE on Protesters,” it quotes Democrat Representative Ramon Romero, Jr. who said of Rinaldi, ““He saw a bunch of people who look Latino, and he assumed they’re undocumented. So how can he say SB 4 won’t lead to racial profiling?”

It’s not abundantly clear how Representative Romero could have said that with a straight face (although, the anti-borders lobby is not noted for being logical). It seems fairly clear that Representative Rinaldi, when confronted with a group of people overtly declaring their illegal alien status, simply took them at their word. Therefore, it’s beyond absurd to claim that Rinaldi’s motivations were racist.

Of course, what the mainstream media, Representative Romero, and the anti-borders lobby don’t seem to understand is that most Americans don’t see immigration as a “racial” issue; they see it as a rule of law issue. And, when they see illegal activity posing a threat to their communities, they expect their law enforcement dollars to be spent resolving the situation.

If a group of self-admitted burglars had been protesting harsher penalties for theft, the whole world would have wondered why no one simply had them arrested. So the thought foremost in the minds of most Americans reading about the dustup on the floor of the Texas House of Representatives was probably, “Hallelujah, Representative Rinaldi! What took you so long?” Now, if only ICE had answered the call and actually showed up.

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Matthew J. O’Brien joined the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) in 2016. Matt is responsible for managing FAIR’s research activities. He also writes content for FAIR’s website and publications. Over the past twenty years he has held a wide variety of positions focusing on immigration issues, both in government and in the private sector. Immediately prior to joining FAIR Matt served as the Chief of the National Security Division (NSD) within the Fraud Detection and National Security Directorate (FDNS) at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), where he was responsible for formulating and implementing procedures to protect the legal immigration system from terrorists, foreign intelligence operatives, and other national security threats.He has also held positions as the Chief of the FDNS Policy and Program Development Unit, as the Chief of the FDNS EB-5 Division, as Assistant Chief Counsel with U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement, as a Senior Advisor to the Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman, and as a District Adjudications Officer with the legacy Immigration & Naturalization Service. In addition, Matt has extensive experience as a private bar attorney. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in French from the Johns Hopkins University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Maine School of Law.

19 Comments

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    NO NON-CITIZEN HAS THE RIGHT TO BE IN THE COUNTRY ILLEGALLY and for these illegal aliens to rub this country’s nose in the fact that they are here illegally and we can’t make them leave.. THERE IS A HUGE PROBLEM IN THIS COUNTRY IF WE ARE GOING TO CONTINUE HOLDING THESE ILLEGAL ALIENS ABOVE THE LAW… they have absolutely NO respect for this country, NO respect for the laws, NO respect for the citizens… WAY PAST TIME TO ENFORCE OUR LAWS AND TOTALLY STOP ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION… ANYONE who wants to be here is welcome to come.. DO IT LEGALLY!!!! Requiring that the laws are obeyed is NOT racist.. Is NOT hateful… IT IS COMMON SENSE… ANYONE who cares about this country should be against illegal immigration…. When illegal aliens enter this country illegally, the citizens pay the price in more ways than one… either we have a country and are a country of laws, or we are nothing more than a cesspool of no values, no morals, lawlessness and crime…
    ASK Yourself… DO I LOCK MY DOORS AT NIGHT??? WHY??? AM I RACIST BECAUSE I LOCK MY DOOR??? DO I HATE MY NEIGHBORS BECAUSE I LOCK MY DOORS???
    This country is our home… WHY should anyone illegally come here and NOT be removed…

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    I have no problems at all with Rinaldi. He should not have been the one to have called ICE however as DPS should’ve recognized the need to call them right away. Romero, obviously another racist La Raza activist and seditious supporter of the treasonous re-conquista movement should’ve been jailed for making the threat(s). Obviously he’s another bleeding-heart liberal ********* like racist Gutierrez from Chicago. This is NOT who Texas wants or needs as leaders in Texas however Romero IS a proper representative of his corrupt and seditious political party. God bless Texas and SB4 !!!

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    The Daily Beast is doing the typical left wing lying. Rinaldi didn’t “assume” they were illegals, because they publicly proclaimed it, which the Daily Beast failed to note. The reason the so called mainstream media and the left are doing their very best to paint sites like Breitbart and Drudge as “fake news” is because those sites are, to put it in movie terms, revealing “the man behind the curtain”. The new media myth being promoted is that the guy in Oregon who stabbed two men who were supposed to be defending two Muslim women was inspired by Trump. Never mind that the guy voted third party for Jill Stein and in general seems to be a nut who hated everyone. The media decides on a story and the facts be damned.

    The media has made much of Angela Merkel and her statements that the US was no longer a “reliable partner”.
    Translation: the US is not going to let her decide our best interests, like she does when she told all refugees that they were “welcome” in Germany and then declared that other European countries had to take “their share”. The media was also aghast that Trump told other NATO members to their faces they were going to pay their agreed-to share of military costs.

    The press implication was that the barbarian Trump did not have the political savvy of Obama, Merkel’s biggest fan. Never mind that Obama had 8 years to get them to pay up and they didn’t. Obama let others walk all over him. He agreed to take in people that Australia refused to. Trump made it very clear to their prime minister, to the hand wring of the press, that it would not happen again.

    The British are saying that they don’t have the manpower to oversee all the jihadists that they have let infest their country. Of course, they might have enough manpower if they were to stop putting their resources into harassing and prosecuting their own citizens who they accuse of “hate speech” and “Islamophobia”, and instead go after the people killing them.

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      Leland you are so far right you are blinded by everything else that is not so …. supposedly this guy is a white supremacist and screamed racial slurs at her……..SO if you are right how come two of our own defended her? …. I see the following….one woman being harassed racially, religiously and threatened physically ….if what I say was indeed what happened….then I am sure you agree this guy is crazy….and yes whenever the animosity is raised to the media and worldwide …. people feel entitled to take the law or do whatever they want…….

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        As usual you are not even replying to what I said. The media is trying to spin this into another blame Trump thing. He expressed support for both Bernie Sanders and green party candidate Jill Stein on Facebook previously. Just like a couple months ago when there were dozens of threats to Jewish organizations around the country which the media blamed on a climate of fear that Trump created. Then they put it on the back pages, if it was addressed at all, when almost all the threats were traced several weeks later to a Jewish Israeli teenager and some guy who supported Sanders who was trying to get revenge on his girlfriend.

        I said this guy seems to be a nut who hated everyone and I was not defending him. You’re just trying to deflect from the fact that the media spins things and then takes no responsibility when their assumptions are incorrect about blaming things on Trump. Sorry you can’t deal with reality.

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          Ok, look at him pushing the other diplomat out of the way…..that is your answer……

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            Or the incident in Chicago of people getting nasty….of course he did not do it…..but his messages appears to instigate theses things……n the way he behaves does not help…so the people that are already crazy go crazier n the media capitalizes on it…..

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            So far the violence and threats are mostly all from the left, with a lot of them covering their faces. Did Trump “instigate” them? I don’t have a problem with the media reporting things but they ignore which side it’s coming from.

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            Leland both sides. ….just to Think….did this ever happened with Reagan , Bush, Clinton it Obama ….with this magnitude?…….. there was always civility … So the zoo is out….what’s different now?….. business men …. N what else or whoelse?….

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        Leland you should apply for a job in the WH, lots of openings since extremely smart people like you are scare an in need in there to have. You will fit there like a shoe……

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          Peter,
          Don’t you ever get tired of throwing your snotty remarks at all the commenters on this site? It gets old, You have already proved that you belong to the left so why don’t you go to the sites that they prefer so you can feel right at home. All the left wingers can say what ever their small brains can make up so they can pass it on to CNN and others as the truth!.

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            Barb G. let me see, a normal average American does not judge or gets involved unless invited or at least questions and looks into reasons why.

            Leland and I call other all sort of things for the past 2 years or so since the old FAIR internet. I have no idea who you are, unless you are the person with an alcohol problem that had the issue with the husband one Barb once disclosed in the internet in the past.

            Go back to the Constitution and read it….Freedom of Speech, etc……do yourself a favor and go back where you came from. As a Flintstones candidate you are…..due to your behavior and being nosy….I am no a right, nor left….I am & an American unlike you, for the land and The People NOT LIKE YOU for a party of Apes and out of touch….you have issues and you do need help!!!

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      Leland, It looks like Washington state especially Seattle and surrounding area has Mexican gang problems since this whole state is considered a sanctuary for decades starting with giving illegal aliens drivers licenses. Right now the gangs are killing each other and the
      police don’t seem to be able to come up with any answers as to how to stop it. In the article I read there was no mention of simply deporting them as they arrested them. This state has brought all of this on its self trying to be PC.