May 26, 2011

Immigration Politics - Texas: Gov. Perry shores up right flank on immigration

By columnist Ruben Navarrette

Perry shores up right flank on immigration - San Antonio Express-News: "Here we go again. Arizona tried to compel local police to enforce immigration law and wound up losing two rounds in federal court. Yet this hasn't discouraged other states from coming up with nutty proposals of their own.

In most places, the legislation is fueled by fear of changing demographics. Local police are dispatched to sweep up anyone they suspect might be an illegal immigrant, perhaps using brown skin and Spanish accents as evidence.

In Texas, the legislation was more crafty, but it met determined opposition. It came disguised as a crackdown on so-called “sanctuary cities.”"

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