Annise Parker on Immigration



Establish Hispanic Heritage Awards & Hispanic Advisory Board

Mayor Annise Parker today announced the recipients of the 2010 Mayor's Hispanic Heritage Awards and the members of the Mayor's Hispanic Advisory Board. "With the help of my new Hispanic Advisory Board, we found five unsung heroes in the Hispanic community who really made a difference in other people's lives," said Mayor Parker. "I am proud to recognize their contributions, and am looking forward to hearing about their many more achievements in the future."
Source: City of Houston Mayoral press release , Nov 15, 2011

Report illegals to ICE, but don't look for illegals

One can imagine that the City of Houston's policy on illegal immigration--that its police officers don't ask about residents' citizenship unless they're arrested for a crime--will be an issue in the governor's race. Some think Houston is a sanctuary city, while others--including the region's top immigration enforcement official--reject that.

Mayor Annise Parker has a clear opinion on the "sanctuary city" charge: "Houston is not a sanctuary city. If you break a law in Houston, we will arrest you, we will take you to jail, and, if you're in this country illegally, we will turn you over to the appropriate federal agency, generally ICE. We will do it day and day after day, and we have been doing it for a very long time. What we don't do is divert our police officers to stop people on the street and inquire about immigration status. That's a waste of resources."

Source: Matt Stiles in Texas Tribune, "Sanctuary City" , Mar 29, 2010

We can't deport or arrest more than 12 million people

This country needs 12 million more felons.

Of course, it doesn't. Even the U.S. House of Representatives finally realized that--after watching hundreds of thousands of Hispanics march in the street. They pulled that provision out of a bill they had already passed.

Saner voices rule the Senate. They seem to favor a plan that includes a $1,000 fine and a pathway to full citizenship. Lost in this discussion is the fact that our immigration laws already make it a felony to enter the country illegally for the second time. We have been unable and unwilling to enforce it.

By the time you read this, Congress may have finally reached agreement. We obviously can't deport or arrest more than 12 million people, many of whom are students from all over the world who stayed after visas expired.

What was the majority of our congressional representatives thinking (and I use that word lightly) by passing a bill to make 12 million illegal immigrants felons? Prisons are bursting at the seams.

Source: Annise Parker column in Out Smart magazine, "Border Clash" , Nov 1, 2009

Long-term solution is Latin American economic development

The only real long-term immigration solution lies in economic development for our southern and Caribbean neighbors whose desperation drives them here. Some European countries have pledged their fair share to make Africa self-sustaining and cut African poverty drastically by increasing aid. The United States has not come close to doing the same.

Where is the U.S. economic plan for our southern and Caribbean neighbors? If citizens of other nations had better jobs at home, so many of them wouldn't be coming here in waves. The United States is a rich country, but it can absorb only so many undocumented workers, especially now that we are losing jobs to India and China and when so many of the undocumented seek unskilled jobs. We need rational immigration and foreign economic policy as well as reasonable border security to fight terrorism and drug trafficking--not hysteria.

Source: Annise Parker column in Out Smart magazine, "Border Clash" , Nov 1, 2009

Undocumented workers pay FICA but don't collect benefits

They depress labor costs, a fact that is good for business (especially construction), but bad for other workers who might consider taking the construction helper jobs, for instance, if they paid "documented" wages. Of course, American agriculture would not exist without migrant farm workers, many of whom still work for less than minimum wage under deplorable conditions.
Source: Annise Parker column in Out Smart magazine, "Border Clash" , Nov 1, 2009

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Tom Barrett (D,Milwaukee)
Bill de Blasio (D,NYC)
Rahm Emanuel (D,Chicago)
Bob Filner (D,San Diego)
Steven Fulop (D,Jersey City)
Eric Garcetti (D,Los Angeles)
Mike Rawlings (D,Dallas)
Marty Walsh (D,Boston)

Former Mayors:
Rocky Anderson (I,Salt Lake City)
Tom Barrett (D,Milwaukee,WI)
Mike Bloomberg (I,New York City)
Cory Booker (D,Newark,NJ)
Jerry Brown (D,Oakland,CA)
Julian Castro (D,San Antonio,TX)
Rudy Giuliani (R,New York City)
Phil Gordon (D,Phoenix)
Tom Menino (D,Boston)
Dennis Kucinch (D,Cleveland,OH)
Michael Nutter (D,Philadelphia)
Sarah Palin (R,Wasilla,AK)
Annise Parker (D,Houston)
Jerry Sanders (R,San Diego)
Antonio Villaraigosa (D,Los Angeles)
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