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Supreme Court Rules in Arizona Case

 
I. This morning’s breaking news:  
The US Supreme Court issued a ruling on Arizona’s SB 1070 – that state’s attempt to protect the life, liberty, and property of Arizona citizens and legal residents by setting law enforcement free to enforce the rule of law.  The “check papers” provision, which requires state and local law enforcement to check the immigration status of people they have a reasonable suspicion of being in the US illegally during a lawful detention, was upheld.  The SCOTUS ruling stated that the lower courts acted too quickly in preventing the enforcement of this provision of Arizona SB 1070. 
 
Here is Governor Jan Brewer’s statement about today’s ruling:  http://www.azgovernor.gov/Newsroom/Gov_PR.asp  See press release “US Supreme Court Decision Upholds Heart of SB 1070” or click here for the PDF version.
 
To read the actual SCOTUS ruling, go to:  http://www.supremecourt.gov/  and see Arizona v. United States or click here for the PDF version.
 
II.  In Texas, where are Governor Rick Perry and Lt. Governor David Dewhurst?
And in Texas, still no word from Governor Rick Perry or Lt. Governor David Dewhurst about taking action to ban sanctuary cities (legal hide-outs) for illegals in Texas and to withhold state funds from cities and counties that do not enforce the rule of law.  State officials are risking the life, liberty, and property of law enforcement officers, citizens, and legal residents as long as state officials ignore their own “emergency” item from the last legislative session (January 2011) – a ban on sanctuary cities.  In the meantime, Texas suffers 1) due to federal inaction to secure the border and enforce immigration law, and 2) because of our state officials’ inaction to require the interior enforcement of the rule of law in Texas.
 
If you don’t believe we have security risks in Texas, see these news stories:
 
Increase Expected in Chinese Illegal Immigrants Crossing into Rio Grande Valley:  http://www.krgv.com/news/increase-expected-in-chinese-illegal-immigrants-crossing-into-rgv/
 
Hezbollah Terrorists working with Mexican Drug Cartels:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I7wR-QdpWCU&feature=youtu.be
 
III. Texas GOP Convention Lurches Left on Pre-Amnesty Plank in its 2012 Platform
 
During the recent Texas Republican State Convention held in Ft. Worth (June 7 – 9), the 2010 strong “rule of law” platform plank on immigration was greatly weakened — even gutted in places — and replaced with a pre-amnesty plank.  The plank calls for an “effective and efficient temporary (undefined) worker program to bring skilled and unskilled workers into the United States for temporary (undefined) periods of time when no US workers are currently available.”  Skilled and unskilled workers??  When no US workers are currently available??  If we have no US workers available, why in the world are we paying for 99 weeks of unemployment for people all across this country?
 
A side-by-side analysis of the 2010 TX Republican immigration plank and the 2012 language can be found by clicking here.  (Analytical remarks are in red.)
 
In order to achieve this pre-amnesty plank, not only was the state platform committee stacked with those representing cheap labor interests, but the convention chairman also failed to follow the usual rules and protocols to ensure legal voting on the platform.
 
No verification of a quorum. There was no official verification as to whether or not the people sitting in the convention at 9 PM on Friday, June 8, were actual delegates (the only ones eligible to cast votes on the platform).  The GOP convention chairman declared a quorum present by saying something like: “It looks like we have about as many here as we did earlier.” He did not conduct a roll call to determine a quorum.  People sitting in seats don’t make them eligible delegates, authorized to vote!
 
Credentials were never checked in the general session where voting on convention rules and platform were conducted.  When delegates re-entered the arena on Friday for the 9 PM session, credentials were not checked as people swarmed through the doors. 
 
No separation of guests, alternates and delegates by reserved seating. As has been the practice for conventions over the past 20 years, there was no official separation of seating for delegates, alternates and guests to ensure that votes were coming only from credentialed delegates. 
 
Every vote taken was by voice vote or by a show of hands.There was never a roll call or ballot vote. If there was no official determination of who was actually sitting in the convention, how do we know who was voting?  On close voice and hand votes, the chairman never verified the vote with a roll call or paper ballot vote. It was all subjective.
 
What does this mean?  It is likely that for the first time since Republicans have been in the majority in state government, the party platform will be deemed relevant by those who support the “market based” solution. We have plenty of work to do to 1) uphold the rule of law for safety and security; 2) ensure jobs go to citizens and legal residents; and 3) the taxpayer-funded social safety net is reserved only for citizens and legal residents.
 
Grassroots American will continue to stand strong for enforcement of the rule of law.
 
JoAnn Fleming, Executive Director (volunteer), Grassroots America – We the People  www.gawtp.com
Chair – Advisory Committee to the TEA Party Caucus of the TX Legislature
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