Texas May Take Illegal Immigrants to Congressional Offices
In a move sure to pour fuel on the fiery debate over what states should do with illegal immigrants, one Texas lawmaker says she has an idea. She says the illegals should be dropped off at the nearest U.S. Senator or Congressman's office.
A measure filed by State Rep. Lois Kolkhorst (R-Brenham) would allow any law enforcement agency that has an illegal immigrant in custody to take that person to 'the office of a U.S. Senator or Representative' and leave him or her there. Kolkhorst says her bill doesn't specify what the Senator or Congressman should do with the immigrant. She says that's entirely up to them.
Kolkhorst concedes her bill is a 'cry for help', and she hopes it will get their attention. She says she just wants federal officials to see how severe this problem is, and remember that securing the borders is not the state's job, it's theirs.
Illegal immigration is a top priority of the Republican super-majority in the Texas Legislature, and this is just one of several dozen bills that have been introduced that would deny jobs, housing, and government benefits to illegals.
Several thousand people held a rally at the state capitol today to denounce the measures, and call on the federal government to handle the immigration problem.