LEAGUE CITY, TX – While the nation waits for decisive action on the immigration crisis, a League City lawmaker wants some preemptive action of her own.
The city council will vote on a resolution Tuesday that would require all city agencies to refuse any requests from the federal government to house, process, or detain any illegal immigrants.
Never mind that League City has never, publicly, been considered such a destination.
“Texans are very compassionate and they want to help, but at some point we have got to stop allowing the federal government to propagate its mistakes,” Council Member Heidi Thiess said. “Right now the federal government is mismanaging the border crisis.”
Is the plan forward-thinking? Or inhumane?
“These kids have gotta go somewhere,” local Luke Malone said. “As long as they’re treated right, I guess it’s not the worst thing to spend tax money on this.”
“Our federal government’s not doing their job protecting our borders and that’s where the issue is,” League City resident Bryce Bankston said.
League City isn’t the first place to try to keep undocumented immigrants from arriving in their town.
Protesters in Murrieta, Calif., forced buses of immigrants to turn around last week as they blocked entry into the city.
And President Obama has been the recipient of some harsh words about immigration.
“The president’s policies are causing a tragedy at the border,” Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) said. “I went down with members of Congress both Republican and Democratic and we saw that tragedy first hand.”
Of course, the White House says the president is not to blame.
“Comprehensive immigration reform that passed through the Senate and is being blocked by Republicans in the house includes a historic investment in border security,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said.
And there you have it. As usual, plenty of blame to go around in Washington, while solutions – aside from a controversial one in League City – seem to be in short supply.