Top Immigration Stories of the Week, Jan 11
“I want to thank everyone for all of your support. It has been a tough day, but I know my mom and my brother will be out soon. They have to! They have done nothing wrong and there was no reason for immigration to take them.”
Despite Perry’s push and the Republican majorities in both Texas Houses, the bill didn’t pass. So now fast forward two years later — there’s the 83rd Texas legislature and Perry has another crack at passing a Texas SB 1070-type bill and … nada. What was an emergency two years ago is off the radar today. It didn’t get a mention in the governor’s opening remarks.
“From the standpoint of resource allocations, case volumes and enforcement actions … immigration enforcement can be seen to rank as the federal government’s highest criminal law enforcement priority,” a report from Migration Policy Institute says.
The senator, however, did not specifically lay out what criteria he believes would indicate the border is secure. The “border security first” refrain has long been used by Republicans to stymie progress on immigration bills that provide relief for the undocumented.
Gov. Pat Quinn has pledged to sign the bill, saying in a statement that it will make the state’s roads safer.