The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has reinstated a Texas law that makes it a felony punishable by up to 10 years to harbor illegal aliens. The ruling lifted an injunction that had blocked the 2015 law from taking full effect, in a ruling praised by both the state and immigrant advocates.
The law makes it a felony to encourage unauthorized immigrants to enter or remain in the country by concealing, harboring or shielding that person from detection. Two landlords had sued to prevent enforcement arguing that the law was overly broad and could apply to people who rent apartments and homes to undocumented immigrants. Texas argued that the law was intended to apply only to alien smuggling and human trafficking operations. But that wasn’t the way the law was written and – given the near total control of the State by the Red Meat Wing of the Republican Party – it was an open question as to who could be prosecuted.
The Fifth Circuit, in an opinion by Judge Jerry Smith, cleared the air by holding that the law as written does not apply to persons who provide shelter to or conduct business with illegal aliens.
“There is no reasonable interpretation by which merely renting housing or providing social services to an illegal alien constitutes ‘harboring … that person from detection.'”
Thus, landlords and homeless shelters cannot be prosecuted. Here, the Fifth Circuit saved the bacon of the pathetic excuse for an Attorney General that is Ken Paxton by issuing a ruling that saves the statute but likely does not accomplish what the Tea Party dominated State House really wanted.
Not even 5 days into our new Trump era and Red is already having his first WTF moment. DT promised Red that the 12-15 million ILLEGAL ALIENS in the US would be shown the door, escorted out, given the boot, kicked out, frog marched to the border and otherwise told don’t let it hit you in the ass on the way out. Now, Red is being told that only 2-3 million of the worst of the worst are going to be on that greased skid back to the land of tortillas and tacos. That is not what Red was promised and he is mighty PO’d already.
Red don’t care if you were brought here the day after you born, don’t speak a lick of Mexican, are the All District quarterback, valedictorian and were voted most likely to own your own taco truck. Red don’t care if you couldn’t spell Gwadellahara, Guadellahoorah, Guadelihurra, Guadalajara (there we go) if your life depended on it. You need to get the hell out! And that’s what Red was promised. You’re taking our jobs, you’re filling up the airwaves with that Mexican yak and songs about tu Corazon, and you’re ruining Tex-Mex food. All the Mexicans need to go. That includes the Guatemalan Mexicans, the Salvadoran Mexicans, the Honduran Mexicans and any other type of Mexicans. Hell, Red even met some Peruvian Mexicans the other day – they was real nice people, but they need to go too. So President-Elect Trump, you need to stop appeasing the people that didn’t vote for you. They aint never going to like you anyway. Red don’t care what old weak-kneed Paul Ryan says about no “Deportation Force” – there needs to be some deporting and lots of it.
While GOP frontrunner Donald Trump continues to bloviate and propose absurd solutions to the undocumented alien problems in our country, others are trying to do something about the humanitarian crisis that unrest and instability in Central America is creating on the southern border. The Guardian takes a long look at how McAllen has responded to the large numbers of Central American refugees that have landed in their midst.
While Trump and his ilk want to wash their hands of the problem by constructing a supposedly impenetrable wall and deporting lawful U.S. citizens, the reality is that much of the current crisis has been caused by families and children fleeing the widespread drug gang violence in Nicaragua, El Salvador and Honduras. And who is consuming those drugs? And who is providing the guns that fuel the violence? Sensible drug law reform in the U.S. would go a long way towards solving the problem. Stopping the flow of weapons into Mexico and Central America would probably help too. But that makes way too much sense to ever make into the Tea Party ranting that passes for public discourse in the GOP presidential battle currently being won by Trump.