A new low for Anti-Immigrant legislation in Texas
A new bill proposed by a State Representative in Texas shows just how low the anti's are willing to go.
HB 49 by State Rep. Debbie Riddle (R-Tomball) could be classified as both “Can’t you people get over the fact that it is NOT the state’s job to enforce immigration laws” and “a law that sounds as stupid when you read it out loud as it does on paper,” Rep. Riddle brings us another immigrant-hating piece of legislation that makes it an offense, essentially, for an illegal immigrant to stand. Anywhere. In the entire state of Texas. Yes, even in your yard. Under this bill, an illegal immigrant could be arrested while sitting in the living room of the house he owns and watching TV though he has committed no other offense than being here illegally. No, I’m not kidding:
Sec. 30.055. CRIMINAL TRESPASS BY ILLEGAL ALIENS. (a) A person commits an offense if the person:
(1) is a citizen of any country other than the United States; and
(2) enters or remains on or in any public or private property in this state in violation of 8 U.S.C. Section 1325 or 1326.
Yes, that says any public or private property–even if they own it.
This is terrifying. Especially in light of the fact that American citizens have been arrested and even deported for merely being "suspected" undocumented immigrants. This bill marks a new low for civil rights, for all Americans.