One tweet was not enough.
A week after the United States Supreme Court ruled against all but one portion of Arizona’s immigration law, Texas governor Rick Perry built on his short comment about “sanctuary cities,” taking to the opinion page of the Austin American-Statesman with an op-ed headlined “Federal government isn’t offering proper toolkit.”
In it, Perry blasts President Barack Obama’s border policies and bangs the drum for the re-introduction of legislation banning so-called “sanctuary cities.”
The governor wrote:
Instead of sending much-needed help to border states, the federal government is sending lawyers. Instead of boots on the ground, they’re delivering subpoenas.
Last week’s Supreme Court ruling on Arizona v. United States may mark the point when our nation truly went through the looking glass in terms of border policy. The federal government, long unwilling to adequately secure the border, has now become actively contentious in its efforts to prevent states from taking steps to secure it themselves.
I’ll be among the first to say Arizona’s immigration law might not have been for every state, but let’s not overlook what it was: an earnest attempt by Arizonans to deal with a very real problem.
(Some of the verbiage makes one question if Perry actually wrote the piece–“through the looking glass” seems an especially atypical locution for him. Except maybe in that “Cornerstone” speech.)
Perry goes on to talk about “spillover violence” as a reality Texans live with every day (an assertion that remains questionable) and notes that the state has spent “$400 million since 2005 to protect our communities and fill in the sizable gaps left by insufficient federal efforts.”
I’ve recently renewed my call to pass legislation banning sanctuary cities here in the Lone Star State, ensuring local law enforcement has every tool necessary to do their jobs effectively to enforce the law and keep us safe.
Last Monday, in a story headlined “Texas immigration law looks more irrelevant after ruling,” the Houston Chronicle’s Patricia Kilday Hart had the opposite interpretation as the governor, writing:
Monday’s U.S. Supreme Court decision all but gutting the Arizona illegal immigration law should prompt Texas lawmakers to question their quixotic and time-consuming legislative campaign to end “sanctuary cities” here.
After all, the court ruled Monday that immigration enforcement is strictly the purview of the federal government. Wouldn’t it be reasonable to assume that states would now get out of the immigration business?
Houston attorney Charles Foster told Kilday Hart the law remains a “political ploy” that has