Fresh perspectives on today’s news by: Whymrhymer

From its name, you would picture Farmers Branch as a one-stoplight town far away from the big city lights and that is what it once was back in the mid-1800s when the city was first established. Today, however, Farmer’s Branch is a well-established gateway community to Dallas, Texas that boasts shops, restaurants, hotels, schools, corporate headquarters’ for more than 75 national companies and private homes and apartment complexes for it’s nearly 28,000 full-time residents.

Farmers Branch, as of this week, also has bragging rights to a first for the state of Texas; the six-member Farmers Branch City Council just unanimously passed a three-tiered law that makes English the city’s only language, provides for fines for property owners who rent to illegal aliens and allows the city’s police force to work with immigration officials to target criminal aliens. Needless to say, Farmers Branch’s 10,000 plus Spanish-speaking residents are upset.

The new laws targeting illegal immigrants and establishing English as the city’s only official language were the brain-child of Farmers Branch city councilman Tim O’Hare. O’Hare proposed the measure as both a cost-saving measure, because city literature and documentation will now only have to be produced in English rather than Spanish and English, and as a way to save the tax dollars that are spent on public services for illegal aliens. O’Hara states his case very plainly:

“I think the goal we are trying to achieve is to keep illegals out of Farmers Branch and keep Farmers Branch from being an attractive place for illegal aliens to move. I believe the things we passed will achieve that goal.”

There will be law suits, they are expected and even welcomed as a test of this type of legislation. There are nearly fifty communities across the nation who are considering the type of legislation Farmers Branch has just passed and are watching very closely to see how it turns out. One community in particular, Hazleton, Pa., has already passed even stricter measures that not only do what the Farmers Branch law does but also provides fines for companies who hire illegal aliens; that was also considered by Farmers Branch but was put on hold until their basic law passes court tests.

The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) has sued Hazleton, putting enforcement of their laws on hold pending trial, and they will sue Farmers Branch, that is a given. Hector Flores, a member of LULAC’s board of directors says:

“We will see Farmers Branch in court! That’s the bottom line.”

Why, you may ask yourself, is the League of Latin American Citizens so interested in protecting non-citizens? Is it a humanitarian gesture or are they actually proposing, as some Hispanic groups have suggested, that the United States has no right to have borders; no right to stop anyone from coming in (especially if they are Hispanic)? Do they not understand that all legal citizens are negatively impacted by illegal immigration or do they just not care?

The facts are clear! The United States has a right to borders and the Federal Government has a duty to its citizens to protect those borders — these are uncontestable facts. If our Federal Government cannot stop the endless flow of illegals (as it has proven that it cannot) it has to be up to our towns, cities, counties and states to do it. In the end, any court or judge that denies this right is neither properly serving justice or serving the citizens of the United States.

“Be not intimidated… nor suffer yourselves to be wheedled out of your liberties by any pretense of politeness, delicacy, or decency. These, as they are often used, are but three different names for hypocrisy, chicanery and cowardice. — John Adams


The Washington Times: Texas town cracks down on illegal aliens, expects suit

The Dallas Morning News: Groups decry FB law

From the blogosphere:

Capitol Annex: Farmers Branch Adopts Anti-Immigration Measures

Diggers Realm:
Farmers Branch, Texas Unanimously Passes Immigration Measures

Whymrhymer’s fresh perspectives on today’s news, as published at BNN, also appear at My View from the Center. You are always welcome there!

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