Texas Mayors Attempt to Block Border Fence
Posted by Joshua Price on October 9, 2007
Usually I am on the side of state local governments when it comes to an issue with the federal government, but there are exceptions to everything.
There’s a great source of immigration news at The Houston Chronicle‘s immigration blog. It’s linked below. While reading a piece from that blog, I found an entry from early last week that hasn’t, to my knowledge, been widely reported, and it deserves a lot of attention.
It seems as though several mayors their cities in Texas, along the border, are refusing federal government access to their land regarding the legally required border fence.
Their arguments essentially center around the fact that it’s their land and the government can’t force them to do something with it that they don’t agree with. On the surface, and 9 times out of 10, I would agree with them, but not when it comes to border security. I also suspect, however, that there is an alternative reason for their non-compliance.
I’m going to say something very politically incorrect. Many of these cities have elected officials with strong Hispanic heritage due to their proximity to the border. As such, I believe many of these elected local officials are making these decisions based on emotions and feelings rather than the law and border security.