Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Brown, The New Black: Texas Gives Green Light To Racism

Farmers Branch, a Dallas, Texas suburb has become the first Texas city to pass "tough anti-immigration measures", a move that will surely promote racism & discrimination.
City Council members approved fines for landlords who rent to illegal immigrants, allow the local authorities to screen suspects in police custody to check their immigration status, & makes English the official language.
Attorneys with the Mexican American Legal Defense & Education Fund told Council members prior to the vote that these proposals could violate federal housing laws that prevent discrimination, as well as the 1st Amendment. But the pricks at City Council paid no mind, boasting, " We passed this expecting to be sued," Council Member Tim O'Hare said.
Farmers Branch is 37% Hispanic, according to the Census. So these measures passed will most definately alienate them, as well as discriminate against them, regardless of legal status.
Also, it puts landlords in the position of ICE or Border Patrol, which they are NOT qualified to do. Landlords are not trained to recognize legal documents such as immigration papers, therefore cannot be allowed to determine if one is "illegal" or "legal".
And an "English Only" city?? Don't get me started. This is nothing but an ineffective symbolic measure that is xenophobic & discriminates, which is sure to promote hate & discrimination towards non-English speaking people.
Making English the "official language" of the US is about as urgently needed for as making hotdogs the official food at baseball games! The "English Only" measure has been proven to also imperil programs that can help non-English students & adults attain English proficiency.
Not a good move, Texas.