We all know Rick Perry is mulling over the idea of running for president. The uncanny thing is how good his political timing is.
He waited unti the Seven Dwarves of the usual candidates, including the unelectable — Newt, Sarah, Mitt, Ron, Tim, Rick and others — had shot their wad, then hinted he might be moving in.
This gives him a lot of runway to prepare. As part of this, he’s letting immigration heat up here in Texas.
Across the USA, white voters know they’re being replaced if they let it happen.
Since the 1965 Hart-Celler act, immigration from non-white countries has begun to demographically supplant the white American population:
A Boston Globe article attributed Barack Obama’s win in the 2008 U.S. Presidential election to a marked reduction over the preceding decades in the percentage of whites in the American electorate, attributing this demographic change to the Act. The article quoted Simon Rosenberg, president and founder of the New Democrat Network, as having said that the Act is “the most important piece of legislation that no one’s ever heard of,” and that it “set America on a very different demographic course than the previous 300 years,” which is contrary to Ted Kennedy’s initial claim during debate of the Act that “the ethnic mix of this country will not be upset.” – Wikipedia
They also know that, whether he’s succeeding or failing, black support for Obama does not waver, suggesting that identity politics plays a higher role.
In fact, the worldwide pattern is that ethnic and/or cultural groups vote for and support “one of their own.” Samuel Huntington portrayed this reality in his brilliant Clash of Civilizations:
It is my hypothesis that the fundamental source of conflict in this new world will not be primarily ideological or primarily economic. The great divisions among humankind and the dominating source of conflict will be cultural. Nation states will remain the most powerful actors in world affairs, but the principal conflicts of global politics will occur between nations and groups of different civilizations. The clash of civilizations will dominate global politics. The fault lines between civilizations will be the battle lines of the future. – Foreign Affairs
As part of his probing, Perry is making sure his smiling face gets seen on some recent legislation that addresses this very issue.
Readers may know that Texas has several cities designated as “sanctuary cities,” or cities that refuse to arrest or prosecute illegal aliens for being lawbreakers… that is, for being illegal aliens or entering the country illegally.
Here’s a list of Texas sanctuary cities:
- Austin, TX (Congressional Research Service)
- Baytown, TX (6-13-07 Local reader observation)
- Brownsville, TX
- Channelview, TX (6-13-07 Local reader observation)
- Denton, TX
- Dallas, TX
- El Cenizo, TX (6-13-07 Congressional Research Service)
- Ft.Worth, TX
- Houston, TX (Congressional Research Service)
- Katy, TX (Congressional Research Service)
- Laredo, TX
- Mcallen, TX
- Port Arthur, TX (6-13-07 Reader/resident observation) – Ohio Jobs & Justice PAC
This bill, a continuation of efforts from last May, is so controversial that Democrats have attempted to shut down the House through a type of extended filibuster. Republicans rammed it through nonetheless.
The point of the bill is that it makes Texas seem like a less welcoming destination for illegals. This is popular because right now, our immigration enforcement agents are overwhelmed:
ICE Director John Morton estimated last summer that ICE has the resources to remove about 400,000 illegal immigrants annually – less than 4 percent of the nation’s estimated undocumented population. ICE is operating under orders to prioritize the deportations of illegal immigrants who pose a threat to public safety and national security, particularly those with serious criminal records. Last fiscal year, ICE removed more than 21,000 illegal immigrants from southeast Texas, including roughly 17,000 with some kind of criminal record, agency data shows. – Houston Chronicle
As a war and politics nerd, I am always curious to see how these ethnic-demographic struggles work out. Bosnia-Herzogovina? Northern Ireland? Germany with its Turks?
There is a powerful argument to be made that cutting off Mexican immigration would keep skilled labor in Mexico, and as a result, strengthen Mexico.
Right now, between narcoterror and internal instability, Mexico is ready to explode, and the violence — and now the military — is spilling over the border.
A convoy of three military trucks loaded with Mexican soldiers crosses the border at Bridge Number Two clearly violating international law.
It happens as Customs and Border Protection inspectors try to figure out what to do.
A CBP spokesperson says they got on the phone with Mexican authorities after being alerted that the military trucks were heading their direction loaded down with soldiers and weapons. – Pro-8 News
It’s interesting to see Texas become the forefront of a national news event yet again, and to see Houston — the biggest sanctuary city on that list, by the way — get thrust into the limelight.
This issue won’t go away, and it’s heating up for the election. It could even lead to a shooting war or Texas secession, since our Federal government has passed its “DREAM” act by cheating — by executive order.
Should be some interesting times. Is Houston the next Fort Sumter, and immigration the next states’ rights/slavery debacle?