Texas town starts taking on illegal immigration Updated

posted at 10:53 pm on November 13, 2006 by Bryan

The feds won’t do it, especially now that our pro-amnesty president has a pro-amnesty Congress to work with. The states are famously bad at it, so bad that Texas itself is resorting to asking people to watch its own border on webcams that hardly ever work. I’ve tried watching them. Several times. They hardly. ever. work.

So Farmers Branch, near Dallas and hundreds of miles from the border, is taking matters into its own hands.

Council members in Farmers Branch unanimously approved tough new anti-immigration measures Monday evening, including one that makes English the official language.

In a series of 6-0 votes, the council members also approved fines for landlords and businesses that deal with illegal immigrants, and allowed local authorities to screen suspects in police custody to see if they are in the country illegally.

The votes were made in a room in City Hall packed with people who clapped as the votes were tallied in favor of the measures. In a parking lot outside, hundreds of protesters against the rules hoisted American flags and sang the Pledge of Allegiance in English before the votes were taken.

“Moderate” LULAC won’t take this lying down. But that doesn’t mean the council didn’t entertain a comedian or two:

Attorneys with the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, a civil rights advocacy group, told city council members during the closed meeting that the proposals could violate federal law.

Don’t illegals violate federal law by traipsing across the border? Funny how these Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund types never mention that.

The measures make it illegal to rent to illegal aliens. Who, of course, shouldn’t even be there. According to reports on the ground that didn’t make it into the local media’s accounts, LULAC is basically threatening to sue Farmers Branch into the ground over these laws, both to make it rescind its laws and to teach other US cities and towns a lesson: Don’t mess with illegals, or we’ll use your own courts to destroy you. At the same time, the children of illegals are registering to vote (they’re citizens) and, thanks to the dishonest pro-illegal campaigns that have been waged across the country in the past year, think they’re voting to protect their parents’ rights. To break the law.

Got a headache yet?

Update: Sheesh. “I am here illegally. They wouldn’t take me in.”

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Had One Before. Don’t forget that we also now have a pro-illegal RNC Chairman.

americanpundit on November 13, 2006 at 11:02 PM

The leaders of LULAC can’t be very numerous.

Kralizec on November 13, 2006 at 11:03 PM

Wow! Sanity does exist in America!

We should find a way to get those council members into Congress, this is the tough action we really need to fight the Mexcian invasion!

omegaram on November 13, 2006 at 11:06 PM

Apparently Brazilians are the largest growing group of illegals crossing the US-Mexico border illegally. The people back in Brazil then use that money to buy homes in subdivisions and sometimes subdivisions themselves.

americanpundit on November 13, 2006 at 11:12 PM

I live not to far from Farmers Branch and I could not be prouder. Now if my city and hell maybe our country could just follow its example we’d live in a much better place.

The ACLU is a freggin joke and so is LULAC is they try to fight for ILLEAGAL’ rights? I thought you had to be a citizen or hold a green card or visa to get rights?

OH I FORGOT we like to protect those who break the law.
What has this coutry come to?

lgodfrey88 on November 13, 2006 at 11:13 PM

Let’s start a fund to counter LULAC. Send donations to the Farmers Branch city council here.

BacaDog on November 13, 2006 at 11:16 PM

As soon as one small, city council tries to define laws to protect (yes, I said protect) itself from illegal aliens, MALDEF is there to let them know THEY are the one’s in violation of the law. This brand of lunacy really disturbs me. Must open another bottle of wine.

thedecider on November 13, 2006 at 11:17 PM

I live in Dallas, get the Dallas Morning news everyday, and watch the local news everyday and this is the first i’m hearing about what Farmers Branch has done. I wonder why no coverage?

Scot on November 13, 2006 at 11:27 PM

Taking it to the streets.DIY,the American Way!

bbz123 on November 13, 2006 at 11:34 PM

Scot, the meeting was tonight at 6:30. I’d imagine it’ll be on your local 11:00 news.

BacaDog on November 13, 2006 at 11:34 PM

Today the Los Angeles City Council voted to (and Mayor Villaraigosa will sign) force private hotels in LA to pay a certain amount of ‘minimum wages’ to illegal workers. This, they hope, will spread across the rest of the industries.

He wants to be Governor of California, after Schwarzenegger.

Entelechy on November 13, 2006 at 11:37 PM

It seems to be disabled at the moment, but if you have not seen the LULAC site, drop in sometime – http://www.weareracists.com/

Also, take a gander at the alternative site (content warning) dedicated to exposing the other side of illegal immigration – http://www.wehategringos.com/

AZ_Redneck on November 13, 2006 at 11:39 PM

A similar law to Farmers Branch was passed twice by a majority council in Escondido, CA, and the ACLU filed just in time to stall implementation, which would have been on Nov. 18, 2006.

Entelechy on November 13, 2006 at 11:42 PM

Slightly off topic, but illegal immigration related …

I just received notice from the Arizona Game and Fish Department that I was drawn for the January ’07 archery javelina hunt. The notice has what is called a ‘hunt number’ (simply a reference number for the time and place where you have been permitted to hunt.) Anyway, I knew the place, but I could not recall the time for the hunt number and had to look it up in the hunt supplement provided here – http://www.azgfd.gov/h_f/documents/2007SpringHuntSupplement.pdf

Showing a friend where I was going to hunt, I turned to the map at the end of the supplement (p 12). The area I will be in is the far southeastern corner of the map. Note the big heavy black dotted line drawn all around the southern part of the state. Then read the legend regarding the note –

“Homeland security issues along the international border may affect the quality of a person’s hunt.”

In case you are curious, here is what this area of the southern border looks like these days.


AZ_Redneck on November 13, 2006 at 11:45 PM

Oh, well this explains it, AP:

Why is the video sometimes not available on some cameras?
During this phase of the program we are stress testing various technical aspects of the system. Delivering streaming video from a live camera source to thousands of people at a time is a very elaborate technical operation. Currently various camera systems, media servers, and network configurations are being applied and reviewed for effectiveness. Consequently you may notice some outtages on various cameras at times. Simply select another camera to view and check back later.

Obviously, they care so much about border security they are reviewing “network configurations” for “effectiveness”. I think the Minutemen are pretty effective too, but…

thedecider on November 13, 2006 at 11:51 PM

Yay for them!

SouthernGent on November 13, 2006 at 11:57 PM

So how come lulac, & co. can aid criminals in the breaking of the law without facing penalties?

Iblis on November 14, 2006 at 12:14 AM

Isn’t there a way to charge groups like MALDEF with criminal conspiracy? The RICO statute, perhaps? We all know they’re promoting a criminal enterprise–one that runs across state borders, too.

jaleach on November 14, 2006 at 12:24 AM

Farmers Branch is a small suburban town with limited resources to stand up to nationally and internationally funded efforts to sue them into retreating. LULAC and their ilk are racist socialist whores intent on remaking America in their own image, but they’re smart enough to pick a relatively weak target

Janos Hunyadi on November 14, 2006 at 12:34 AM

…violate federal law.

…which is double-talk meaning “give us what we want…NOW!”

…been that way since 1865. Local sovereignty — the common man on his own bit of ground — is dead. Anyone who can become enough of an irritant to make the feds want him to go away can ride rough-shod over those who haven’t yet become irritants.

Americans are too well behaved. Maybe somebody should kick up a ruckus about the border, Kelo, illegals getting social benefits, etc. I don’t mean sulk…I mean stand up…unworried about how they spell your name in the papers.

Until someone does, expect the few to bulldoze the many.

Puritan1648 on November 14, 2006 at 12:35 AM

Until someone does, expect the few to bulldoze the many.

Puritan1648 on November 14, 2006 at 12:35 AM

Ugh! Your post is depressing but I know you’re right. The ACLU and other liberal interest groups are well-funded and target the smaller groups because they know they can win. I’m no fan of Pat Robertson but I’ll give him kudo’s for one thing: starting the ACLJ. Although it mainly targets religious causes, it’s a start. I wish there were more that targeted causes just like this one. It’s about getting organized around conservative causes. Any takers?

thedecider on November 14, 2006 at 12:43 AM

Farmers Branch is pretty well known around here for doing what they want regardless of what others think. If LULAC thiks they’re just going to rollover, they’ve got a big surprise coming.

Scot on November 14, 2006 at 12:52 AM

Ugh! Your post is depressing but I know you’re right. — thedecider

…spread the good and hopeful news of a bright future in the sparkling new millenium…that’s what I do….

Puritan1648 on November 14, 2006 at 12:57 AM

Until someone does, expect the few to bulldoze the many.

John Locke believed government abuse and usurpation would only be resolved when a sizeable percentage of the goverend recognize its tyrannical nature.

Think we are there? I tend to think the frog is still sitting in the ever warming water.

AZ_Redneck on November 14, 2006 at 1:08 AM

Hmmm…well, say a prayer for our Finnish friends because they are on the dawn of an unpleasant surprise. One they are, apparently, completely ignorant to as is most of Europe.

thedecider on November 14, 2006 at 1:17 AM

I strongly advise everyone to buy a copy of Border War…watch it…then forward it to their congressman.

This excellent doc shows it straight with no chaser.

The Ugly American on November 14, 2006 at 1:29 AM

The sentiments of the posts so far are great, it’s our nation and it’s our decision to make.
It’s our nation to shape.

However, we are throwing rocks at a moving giant, that’s the reality.
That’s not to depress anybody, but to fix this situation we need to understand that to get it fixed we must think big and our actions must be big.
Else wise learn to speak the language.

To counter, we need to unify into one large group and grow strong enough to demand change and effect that change.

The mission to stop the invasion of America is growing stronger. All that is needed is to get information out to enough people and support will spread.

I was shocked to learn during this last election that a fair percentage of liberal voters actually thought Demos stopped Republicans from passing an amnesty.
Misinformation has to be rectified.

Talk to everyone you possibly can, educate yourself and everyone else you possibly can. Every American I’ve talked to that understood the facts was outraged and that’s what it will take.
Immense outrage from very large numbers of united Americans.
So far the momentum has started to swing in the direction of enforcement.

I believe the aiders and abettors of invasion realize this and they are gearing up the giant.
That includes from top to bottom.

We’ve got to join organizations and work to get out the message.
There’s a lot of work to do, but it’s not so hard if you think of your children’s future.
What will they experience during their lifetimes?

It’s not corny and it’s not hopeless, it’s our mission to accomplish.

To ensure the American invasion success.

All we need do is nothing, I’m sure it will be (relatively) painless and there isn’t any need to worry, our children, our grandchildren will just be citizens of another nation, unknown to us.

For us the gentle soft night will envelope our regretful souls and carry us away, so that eternity will see our contribution as so much dust, playing about, to no great effect.

Speakup on November 14, 2006 at 1:39 AM

It’s our choice.

Speakup on November 14, 2006 at 1:43 AM

Excellent move by Farmers Branch! Let’s hope the rest of Texas follows suit, including Dallas where I live (Fat chance, except mayor Laura Miller, the Libs’ big pal is on her way out! Thank you, God!)
Hey Scot and lgodfrey!

Jen the Neocon on November 14, 2006 at 2:39 AM

Outstanding! I worked in Farmers Branch for several years and there was a lot I liked about the place. Definitely one of the better managed cities in the country.

bdfaith on November 14, 2006 at 2:58 AM

I live just outside Farmers’ Branch, and there are people kicking up dirt about this on both sides. The fact that we’re hundreds of miles north of the border and the council actually passed legislation about this should indicate how bad the situation really is.

First the business signs were in English, then English AND Spanish. Now there are some places that only advertise in Spanish.

Texas has always been a thorn in the side of the Dhimmicrats. I think they want illegal immigrants in Texas so they’ll have children who’ll grow up and vote to secede and join Mexico. Then all the Texas electoral votes for Republicans would be gone. Those evil $#@%&^*!!!

Lone Star on November 14, 2006 at 6:59 AM

“say a prayer for our Finnish friends because they are on the dawn of an unpleasant surprise. One they are, apparently, completely ignorant to as is most of Europe.”

What are you on about?

eminuu on November 14, 2006 at 8:05 AM

Im sitting in Farmers Branch now as I type this. Its amazing what a hell hole this place has become in a relativly short time. The idea that our own government allows this stuff to happen angers me more than I can put into words. Our office is getting out come January & moving to Addison. Maybe this place will be worth living/working in again, we’ll see.

DwnSouthJukin on November 14, 2006 at 8:51 AM

do ya remember when I told ya’ll that the voting signs in Corpus Christi on election day were in SPANISH (“VOTE AQUI”)? Illegal immigration is a problem everywhere – kudos to Farmer’s Branch for having the balls to deal with it. I have flipped on this issue – I used to be “pro Bush comprehensive plan” but that sign on voting day changed my mind.

pullingmyhairout on November 14, 2006 at 9:05 AM

You can almost count the minutes until this issue is exploded by new news of “shots fired”. Someone with a brain needs to get control of this insanity.

Jaibones on November 14, 2006 at 10:11 AM

Texas has always been a thorn in the side of the Dhimmicrats. I think they want illegal immigrants in Texas so they’ll have children who’ll grow up and vote to secede and join Mexico. Then all the Texas electoral votes for Republicans would be gone. Those evil $#@%&^*!!!

That’s exactly right and Domingo Garcia is their leader. He went to Dallas schools with high Hispanic population and got all the 18 year old Hispanic kids to sign up to vote and they are going to vote exactly the Domingo tells them because otherwise their Illegal parents will get sent back. It’s the perfect plan to take over a country! I saw a Hispanic Club live Downtown Dallas show that they run late at night. The Host was enraging the people at the club to go down to Farmers Branch and take care of it. One of the guys had the mexican costume with the bullet belts and held up a toy gun and pointed it to the camera. If you live in Dallas and your any other ethnicity than Hispanic your a minority now. It’s only going to get worse when Bush opens the gates. I beleive in Immigration reform but a country should be able to choose who it wants to allow citizenship to. It’s the citizen’s right not the the Illegal Aliens.

Drtuddle on November 14, 2006 at 11:18 AM

BRAVO to the City Council of Farmers Branch. The ACLU is currently threatening to sue the City of Escondido, CA over the same thing.
The city passed the same ordanance a month ago and it is due to go into effect this coming weekend, providing the ACLU doesn’t obtain a restrining order to prevent its enactment.
What I want to know is, How in God’s name can civil liberties organizations think that people who are here illegally, are being discriminated against and are having their rights trampled on?
I have always been under the impression that you had to be a citizen/legal resident, have rights protected by the Constitution, or have all of my Government classes been wrong all of these years?
Since the National Govt. has failed to enforce the laws on the books against the hiring of illegal aliens, then the local and stste govts. need to start doing it.

ic1redeye on November 14, 2006 at 11:23 AM

One town at a time if we have to.

As far the federal government, the ACLU et al Get the H*ll out of the way! This is American government at work the way it is supposed too!

Altura Ct. on November 14, 2006 at 5:21 PM