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Friday, November 17, 2006

“Upset, Frustrated, and Downright Mad”

From Christi at CommonSenseAmerica:

I thought you might like to see what is causing all of the fuss down in Farmers Branch, Texas. Below is a copy of their resolution against illegal immigration. . .
CITY OF FARMERS BRANCH
RESOLUTION NO. 2006-099

A RESOLUTION IMPLORING AND URGING PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH AND THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH OF THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT AND THE UNITED STATES SENATE AND THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES (CONGRESS) TO STRONGLY ENFORCE THE UNITED STATES IMMIGRATION AND NATIONALITY ACT, TITLE 8 USC 1101-1536 IMMIGRATION (THE ACT) AND TO APPROVE INTO LAW THIS FALL OF 2006 ANY AMENDMENTS NECESSARY TO FURTHER ADDRESS OUR CITIZENS’ CONCERNS ABOUT THE NEGATIVE IMPACT OUR POROUS BORDERS ARE HAVING ON OUR NATIONAL SECURITY AND THE QUALITY OF LIFE IN OUR CITIES AND IN OUR STATES AND NATION.

WHEREAS, our country was founded on the basic principle that we were a country of laws, not of men, and the absolute necessity to both obey and respect the law; and

WHEREAS, these principles of government and being a good citizen have been adhered to since our independence was declared on July 4, 1776, with the stirring words of our Declaration of Independence, the final ratification of the United States Constitution in 1789, and the Bill of Rights in 1791, and we have passed these principles on to each generation, and particularly to our school children; and

WHEREAS, the Immigrations and Nationality Act, Section United States Code Title 8 USC 1101-1536, the “Immigration Act,” amended substantially in 1986 and 1996, has throughout our history been and continues to be one of our country’s most important laws, virtually any country’s most important laws, as it relates directly to the security of our borders, the security of the country, and our only means by which we can reasonably assure our citizens that those coming into our country from other countries are good citizens who will be loyal to this country and respect the Rule of Law and contribute to the overall welfare of our citizens and this country; and

WHEREAS, in the last ten (10) or more years, the Immigration Act has not been strongly enforced and literally millions of individuals have come into our country in flagrant violation of the Immigration Act, most of the illegal aliens coming in across our most southerly border; and

WHEREAS, consequently, the border states of Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California have been impacted the most from this influx of illegal aliens, which has been estimated in the millions, the great majority of whom reside in the border states; and

WHEREAS, it has been estimated that there are currently hundreds of illegal aliens living in the City of Farmers Branch; and

WHEREAS, our country’s open, porous borders are a clear threat to our national security, which threat was heightened significantly after 9/11; and

WHEREAS, the citizens of this state and nation and the citizens of the City of Farmers Branch are concerned, worried, upset, frustrated, and downright mad that President Bush and the Executive Branch of the United States government has and is totally failing in the enforcement of the Immigration Act as it relates to the influx of illegal aliens; and

WHEREAS, the citizens of Farmers Branch are just as concerned that our legislative delegation has been unable to assert itself enough to result in the Executive Branch carrying out its sworn responsibilities to enforce the Immigration Act; and

WHEREAS, if the Executive Branch and our legislative delegation believe the current Immigration Act is inadequate to address the problems of millions of illegal, undocumented aliens in our country, then Congress should set aside its partisan differences, its sectional differences, its philosophical differences, its concerns about the upcoming elections, and agree on amendments to the immigration law that are needed and that will enable the Executive Branch to address the issues; and

WHEREAS, our local citizens are worried and concerned about the impact of illegal aliens on our national security, crime rates, illicit drug trade, the negative impacts on property values, public schools, Parkland, our public hospital, taxes, welfare costs, and other potential major problems, all as reflected in the attachment to this resolution, which represents a small percentage of the letters and e-mails received at City Hall relative to this issue; and

WHEREAS, even though the issues are complex, the underlying important principle is the necessity in this country to obey and respect the laws, the Rule of Law, and that is not what is happening and is not what has been happening in this country for at least the last ten (10) years; and

WHEREAS, as witnessed by the letters and e-mails, the citizens of Farmers Branch, due to the inaction of the Executive and Legislative Branch of our Federal Government to enforce the Immigration Act, are imploring, urging, and demanding their City Council to enact its own laws to help in the enforcement of the Immigration Act; and

WHEREAS, the City of Farmers Branch’s City Council is not only sympathetic to the pleas of its citizens, but is in agreement with the major concerns expressed and is, consequently, carefully reviewing the role the City can take to help support and enforce the United States immigration laws and will in the near future, unless President Bush and the Executive Branch takes positive and meaningful steps to enforce the immigration law, and unless Congress moves forward this Fall to approve meaningful legislation, legislation that will assist the Executive Branch in enforcing the law, out of absolute necessity brought about by the inaction of our federal government, take whatever steps it legally can to respond to the legitimate concerns of our citizens about the utter breakdown and failure of the United States government to enforce immigration laws.

Section 1: That all matters in the above recited preamble are found to be true and correct and are incorporated into the body of this resolution as if copied in their entirety.

Section 2: (A) That the City Council of the City of Farmers Branch urges and implores President Bush and the Executive Branch to commence immediately to enforce our immigration laws and address the serious problem of the breakdown of the Rule of Law in this country as it relates to the millions of illegal aliens within our boundaries.

(B) That the United States Congress and particularly our Congressional delegation from the State of Texas, the Honorable Kay Bailey Hutchison, the Honorable John Cornyn, members of the United States Senate and all of the Honorable members of Congress representing the State of Texas, exert all of their combined wisdom, strength, influence, and dedication to the Rule of Law to see that a meaningful amended “Immigration Act” is approved during the Fall of 2006 that addresses the many concerns of the citizens of Farmers Branch and of this state and nation.

Section 3: That a copy of this resolution with an accompanying letter signed by the Mayor and each member of the Farmers Branch City Council be sent to the Honorable George W. Bush, President of the United States, to the Honorable Congressional Delegation of the State of Texas, to Mayors and City Councils of each city in the State of Texas, and to the President and members of the Board of Trustees of every School District in the State of Texas.

Hat tip: The Daily Pundit for the above resolution.

I decided to look up a few of the other illegal immigration resolutions and ordinances that small cities across our nation are approving and you can view them by clicking below:

Valley Park, Missouri Ordinance 1708

Hazleton, Pennsylvania Illegal Immigration Relief Act Ordinance

Escondido, California ORDINANCE NO. 2006-38 R

**This was a production of The Coalition Against Illegal Immigration (CAII). If you would like to participate, please go to the above link to learn more. Afterwards, email the coalition and let me know at what level you would like to participate.**

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