Anchía Takes TJ Yearbook to House Floor When Arguing Against "Sanctuary Cities" Bill



Many good Friends of Unfair Park have forwarded me the clip you see above, which District 103's state rep, Rafael Anchía, posted to YouTube last night. In it, the Haynes and Boone attorney and former Dallas ISD school board trustee argues against the passage of Carrollton state Rep. Burt Solomons's HB 12, the so-called "sanctuary cities" legislation that Gov. Rick Perry insists is an emergency item. About halfway into his 10-minute plea, Anchía whips out a copy of the 1968 Thomas Jefferson High School Document, the school's yearbook. Which, I think, is just one reason why the clip was sent to me.
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Anonymous
Anonymous

rubbercow- the difference between illegal immigration and other activities that are illegal is that usually, the people advocating to make/keep an activity illegal usually take a bare minimum of steps in their lives to make sure they are not supporting it (aside from the obvious hypocrites). people who want illegal immigration to be enforced more vigorously still shop at grocery stores, and they probably go to the one that is cheapest. who do you think is working those farms? they still want their yard mowed and they don't want to pay up for that either. this isn't a wholly market-based solution or a government solution. the government needs to address "class-action" type issues. like widespread use of illegal labor in the agricultural industry where the practical costs of avoiding illegal labor practices to the end-consumer are nearly cost prohibitive (it's not impossible to eat 100% food from farms where you investigate things yourself and make sure the workers are well-treated, legal, and not being exposed to dangerous chemicals, but it greatly limits your food choices). in industries such as construction, domestic service, housekeeping, and childcare, it needs to be more market-based since the cost of obtaining the information from the end user is fairly low. if people don't care enough when staying at a hotel to ask when booking what steps they take to ensure a legal workforce, then our legislation clearly does not reflect the priorities of the country.I personally don't see any difference between Mexican immigrants today and European immigrants in the 19th century, so I'm all for letting them stay if they want to work hard and make our country better. I think the need to reform public assistance in all forms should be discussed separately from immigration reform, even though I do think the two problems go hand in hand.

rubbercow
rubbercow

Hmm...  You sound suspiciously similar to scottindallas......

Anonymous
Anonymous

also, you correctly point out that the social safety net that I doubt our country is willing to give up is the reason we can't just go back to 19th century where we take everyone who shows up at the gate. even if we did away with all the social assistance programs, the poor would still sneak over to steal out healthcare because hospitals can't close their doors to the sick. that's a real problem, and I do think people who disregard it as quibbling over a system that no one can prove is abused are full of shit. so we at least agree on the fact that they come here to work but also to put a strain on our public resources

Anonymous
Anonymous

 scouts honor, not the same person.

scottindallas
scottindallas

Ed D. that would cost a lot of money to enforce.  It would require invasive policing while these contractors are what? working on your home?  Then, it requires more attorney's to prosecute these cases...

OR, if you're so worried you could simply ASK those you hire if their workers are documented.  Your contractor will be reluctant to incur unneeded costs if there is no market demand for it.  ASK, and you create that demand.  What you're proposing will cost you more in taxes AND in contracting work.  My plan will only cost you the contracting increment.

Get real
Get real

If we were all serious about ending illegal immigration, then we would need to address the root cause...employers. They're coming here because people are hiring them. Head to any warehouse along Riverfront Blvd, any construction site, or landscaping firm. It's a reality of our business model...we will always look for the cheapest labor option possible. I've worked in countless warehouses and anytime I'd ask why illegals were being hired, the same thing was always said, "They work for $5 an hour, they work from 5AM - 9PM, they don't complain, and they don't flake out and leave..unlike legal residents."

We can bitch and moan about entitlement issues, and the like all we want, but because we're afraid to ever question businesses in this state, then we will continue to have this problem.

Think about it, if you had an ant problem in your house, the first thing you'd be told to do is to stop leaving food out, as opposed to this continual swatting at them.

rubbercow
rubbercow

Agreed. I would love to see jail time for employers. That is the only way this will be brought under control.

scottindallas
scottindallas

No Rubbercrow, that is a big gov't solution.  The employers aren't to blame either, it's the consumer.  In 20 plus years I've only had one customer ask if my workers are documented.  So, as yet market forces have yet to demonstrate customers are concerned with the status of employees.  Until that changes, it's not reasonable to expect firms in a free market to be effectively policed.  But, the market is far more powerful.  So, does this issue mean enough to you for you to simply ask?  It will cost you less than to incarcerate the contractor trying to provide you a service for a low cost.  I don't know when you checked, but most contractors aren't living in really big homes.  If you're bothered by the thought of contractors making outsized profits from illegals, ask the question. I've used Americans since the recession, they are looking for work now.

Ed D.
Ed D.

Make it cost as much to hire one illegal worker as it does to illegally download one Lady Gaga song. Companies keep hiring illegals because it's cheap and the fines are minimal on the rare occasion they get caught. But at $150,000 per violation (the max fine for illegally downloading a single song) you can bet paperwork would get checked.

You can't complain that the government should 'do something' about illegal immigration and complain that it's 'big government' interfering when they do act.

rubbercow
rubbercow

"big gov't solution"?  While I wholeheartedly agree that consumers are complicit, I don't think they are the reason for this problem.  Follow me:  the middle class is being squeezed in ways that should be inconceivable to a modern nation; the middle class seeks cheaper goods, corporations whose only function is to make money for "shareholders" are more than happy to supply those goods "cheaply". 

I think where you and I part ways is that you are arguing for the "free market".  If the free market was composed of people who had a scintilla of decency we would not be having this discussion. 

The "market" demands that I do all kinds of things to make money - most of the things that are most lucrative are illegal so I don't make my living that way.

We can either live in a society that submits to the rule of law or we can revert to the state of nature.  Either way, I will be fine.  I just wish that people like you could be honest about your motives.

rubbercow
rubbercow

An excellent piece of showmanship. I live in a neighborhood where the vast majority of people are "recent immigrants" and their new children. My wife and I are routinely treated disdainfully because we are white. One of our neighbors has been quite clear about the fact that they do not like us because of our color. Another neighbor is indeed hard-working, but only at running various scams. Another neighbor's house is host to a gang.

Don't get me wrong, I would never be so foolish as to describe an entire population as all bad or all good. There are also people in the neighborhood who are great and whom I count amongst some of the best people I know.

For the proponents of illegal immigration to posit that every illegal immigrant is here solely to grow the church, be family-oriented, have an opportunity to serve and "make our lives easier" (I guess he was talking about rich people who hire illegal immigrants) is insulting.

If you want to immigrate here that is fantastic, but be respectful of our culture and our laws. Even if you are here illegally but really want to be embrace our culture and values I would be pretty close to ok with that. If you want to come here for public benefits or to crow about the place you left, I am not at all ok with that. I don't know why this is so hard for this particular community to understand.

Oath of Office
Oath of Office

And if your state representative is representing the interests of these illegals to the detriment of your own interest then he/she is guilty of treason.

Jay
Jay

If 12,000,000 illegal aliens are good for America, would 120,000,000 be ten times better?

CrackerDaddy
CrackerDaddy

The TX Republican Party, as well as the national Republican Party, can kiss the Hispanic vote gone for at least a generation -- if not more.

Rob Silbert
Rob Silbert

I like that strategy!

Move into a nation illegally in mass, force that nation to give you amnesty and the right to vote, in the process have as many voting citizen children as you can squeeze out of your woman before she dies, and then use all those ill-gotten gains to elect people who will give you even more of what you want. As long as you have enough willing pussy it's better than bombs and bullets. Pussy power!

Jay
Jay

That sounds a lot like how Europeans settled the Americas.

Jczart
Jczart

 Yes, and look what happened to the original inhabitants who were unable to stop our illegal immigration from Europe.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Except the Mexicans aren't organizing an army and killing us, putting us into "reservations" or bringing us diseases that wipe out our population en masse.

J. Erik Jonsson
J. Erik Jonsson

There's something in my eye.

I am reminded of our last governor's public pronouncements during the debate on California's Prop. 187. Crap like this doesn't belong in Texas.

Sheesh
Sheesh

Dude needs to go back to TJ and retake his civics class. If the folks are not citizens then he does not "represent" them. They can take up whatever with their respective embassies.

Anonymous
Anonymous

He also thinks there is no such thing as an "anchor baby". I dislike the racist and generally pejorative overtones about a child that, through not fault of its own, was born here and is a citizen. But it is a real concept and it just sounds dumb to say otherwise.

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