You’ll probably see this one all over the place soon, with the Left calling it clear evidence of right-wing bigotry against poor Mexicans.
But Chris Harris (R-Arlington) had this one exactly right.
Again, the guy said he’d been in America for more than 20 years, demonstrated that he understood English and then went back to speaking Spanish with a translator.
Harris has a right to be irritated by that. We speak English in America. A functional knowledge of the language is essential to living in this country, and we can’t survive at our current level of civilization if we can’t impose that small cultural requirement on people who choose to live among us for TWENTY YEARS.
Considering that what the Mexican was testifying against was SB 9, the bill imposing sanctions on “Sanctuary Cities” in Texas, one has to question the tactical skill of La Raza, the Hispanic supremacist group who put him at the witness table – particularly after Harris raised an objection to testimony in Spanish. After all, the substance of the bill was to address the problem of illegal aliens and the difficulty they pose in assimilation into society at large; to attempt to defeat that bill using a 23-year immigrant/alien who still refuses to speak English in public is an amazing display of political stupidity.
The bill passed the Texas Senate by a 19-12 vote, which is unsurprising. What is also unsurprising is that Texas Democrats painted the majority as racist during the floor debate…
Sen. John Whitmire, D-Houston, the dean of the Senate, asked the Hispanic senators to stand.
“Look at these members of the Senate,” Whitmire declared. “This legislation to will force them to prove that they are U.S. citizens. Members, we can do better. This is a sad day.”
Indeed. Strangely enough, though, we found this writeup on the bill from when it passed the House last month…
Hispanic Republican Caucus member Representative Jose Aliseda (R-Beeville) voted in favor of HB 12 today, and afterwards spoke about the importance of the legislation.
“Today the Texas House passed HB 12 which would prohibit local governmental entities from enacting policies that prohibit them from enforcing federal law. The penalty for those that enact such policies is possible loss of state funding.
“As a legal Mexican immigrant who understands that the American Dream must be protected, I was proud to support and vote for this legislation. The reality is that this bill simply puts Texas teeth on federal law which was signed by President Clinton in 1996. Texas voters in 2010 spoke loud and clear and the Texas House Republicans listened. Despite all the rhetoric, HB 12 is good policy and good for Texas.”
Huh. Don’t think Aliseda needed a translator for that statement.