It’s still a bad idea. The Texas Tribune reports that State Senator Wendy Davis (D-Tarrant County), the Democratic nominee for Governor, has officially asked Governor Rick Perry to convene a fourth called special session of the Texas Legislature to deal with border security. As I noted last week, many in the Legislature had been clamoring for Perry to call the session as a result of a deteriorating situation along the border regarding masses of undocumented migrants who are underage. However, these calls came initially from far-right members of the Legislature. I was skeptical back then, and I still am, about the effectiveness of such an action. As I opined last week, I am very concerned that any special session would immediately be hijacked by social conservatives seeking to implement an ambitious agenda such as an Arizona-style immigration policy.
In the next couple of days, Perry announced a huge influx of money to the Department of Public Safety’s resources along the border (The Border Patrol is financed exclusively by the Federal Government). This had been thought to largely placate concerns, but Davis and others have soldiered on nonetheless.
Despite these incessant calls by Davis and others, the Texas Tribune reports that Perry still will not call a fourth special session of the State Legislature. Coupled in with some mildly offensive remarks and a barrage of insults toward President Barack Obama, Perry noted that he felt executive action would be sufficient.
This is obviously a humanitarian crisis, but it is also a security one. Texas Monthly, as usual, hits it out of the ballpark. The reporting is somewhat clear: these kids are coming to this country because of lax policies on deportation for children. However, this leniency simply does not apply to those apprehended at the border, merely those who have been in this country illegally for many years.
Now, I support open borders in immigration, but a huge influx across the borders is just a bad scenario. We need to get to the bottom of this issue.
In other news, this issue has served as yet another example of Perry serving as the voice of reason. No doubt, any special session would be a cluster of conservative pipedreams, and not just Arizona laws. The repeal of the Texas Dream Act would surely have been at the top of the list for most of the Republican legislators.
Dos Centavos has more.