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Sanctuary City Legislation On The Way From Rick Perry—Police State Powers To Go With The Forced Sonograms

Texas Governor Rick Perry will be adding so-called sanctuary city legislation to the ongoing special session of the Texas legislature. 

From the Houston Chronicle

“Gov. Rick Perry on Tuesday added a ban on “sanctuary cities” to the agenda of the special session..despite opposition from outnumbered Democrats concerned about issues including racial profiling. As approved in the recently ended regular session by the Texas House, which has a GOP supermajority, the legislation would bar local governments from preventing law enforcement officers from inquiring into the immigration status of people they detain. The proposal stalled in the Senate because of a rule that generally requires a two-thirds vote of senators to consider a proposal. …The rule, however, is not in place for the special session…Police chiefs and sheriffs who have come to the Capitol to oppose the idea have said it would burden already-stretched local officers with enforcing federal immigration laws and hamper community policing efforts that rely on building trust to encourage people to report crimes.”

Will this bill go after Texas business owners who hire undocumented persons? What penalty will there be for average Texans who have taken advantage of the cheap labor and services offered by undocumented persons?

There will be none of that you can wager.

What we will have instead is the bullying of the weakest amongst us that seems an essential part of the character of the Texas conservative.

This legislative session has been all about diminishing the lives of Texas children and of the poor in Texas.

What we now have as well is the expansion of police state powers with Americans citizens subject to questioning on the basis of skin color.

Such an expansion of the powers of the State of Texas would be consistent with the recent enactment of the forced sonogram bill. The forced sonogram bill mandates that women getting a legal abortion in Texas must also receive a sonogram and, also, be forced to listen to details of the results of the sonogram.

In Texas it will soon be okay for the state to force unwanted medical procedures on free citizens.

Just imagine the libertarian and right-wing screaming if Democrats forced unwanted medical procedures on American citizens.

After passage of a sanctuary city bill, it may well become legal for the state to demand the papers of American citizens for no more reason than a hunch or a guess.

This sure is some small government for you.

It seems that any public policy, no matter how intrusive, is okay if it suits the ideological extremism of Governor Perry and the Texas Republican Party.

(Top Texas politcal blogger Charles Kuffner has also written on this subject.)

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  1. “In Texas it will soon be okay for the state to force unwanted medical procedures on free citizens.”

    You really should admit that you don’t actually object to forced medical procedures on free citizens in any broad sense. Infants are routinely poked with needles at birth, so that their blood may be extracted for use by the state, and you don’t protest. You don’t mind the state requiring children to be injected with viruses as a condition of accepting education, or the state adding chemicals to drinking water in order to induce physiological changes in the public.

    You don’t really oppose forced medical procedures on free citizens. You oppose a change in the definition of informed consent related to an abortion, and you oppose it because you think it will reduce the incidence of abortion.

    Comment by Matt Bramanti | June 8, 2011

  2. The Baker Public Policy Institute (at Rice University)’s representative has written that the defeat of the “sanctuary cities” legislation in the regular session was a strategic victory for the governor.


    So by reintroducing the bill in the special — when the parliamentary rules are removed, assuring its swift passage — isn’t Rick Perry sending himself down to defeat? Strategically, that is?

    Comment by PDiddie | June 8, 2011

  3. This is just one more hole in the illegal dike.
    Cnn fails to mention the GREAT victory over illegal immigration by Hazeltown PA.
    The Supreme Courts decision allows Hazeltown to punish those who aid illegals. HIP HIP HORRAY the tide is turning back to law and order

    Comment by karrie | June 8, 2011

  4. Matt—You oppose vaccines and flouride in the water? Really? You think these things are like forced sonograms? I want more abortion? Really?

    PDiddie—Well….That might be wishful thinking on our part. Mr. Perry seems well in control for the moment here in Texas. We’ll see how it all plays out.

    karrie–Thanks for your comment.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | June 8, 2011

  5. You keep saying “forced.”

    I eagerly await your identification of the first woman to undergo a sonogram, pursuant to this law, without her consent.

    Should be any day now, what with the police state running around jamming transducers into folks left and right.

    Comment by Matt Bramanti | June 9, 2011

  6. I don’t have access to people’s private medical records. Do you? Maybe you can engage in some good old fashioned public shaming.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | June 9, 2011

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