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Killeen council strikes down immigrant resolution

Okray proposed prohibiting the city from sheltering undocumented immigrants

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Posted: Wednesday, August 20, 2014 4:30 am

AnaLuisa Carrillo-Tapia thanked the Killeen City Council following its 5-2 vote to strike down a resolution prohibiting the city from providing refuge to immigrants crossing the U.S.-Mexican border illegally.

Councilman Jonathan Okray drafted the resolution and presented it to the council during its Aug. 12 workshop meeting. The proposed document mandated the city to “refuse requests or directives by federal agencies to permit or establish any facility for the purpose of processing, housing or detaining any illegal aliens.”

Councilmen Jose Segarra, Juan Rivera, Wayne Gilmore, Terry Clark and Mayor Pro Tem Elizabeth Blackstone agreed to strike down the proposed resolution. Okray and Councilman Steve Harris voted in favor of moving forward with putting it on a council agenda for a formal vote.

“I believe the five who voted against represented the community well,” Carrillo-Tapia said. “We want (the council) to hear our heart, that’s what community is about. You need to know what I want and what I need. If you don’t know that, then you can’t represent me.”

According to a report released this month by the Department of Homeland Security, fewer unaccompanied immigrant children are crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.

About 5,500 unaccompanied children were arrested in July, nearly half the number in May and June and the fewest since February.

According to the report, arrests of parents with children also dropped by more than half in July, to about 7,400.

Because of the drop, the federal government shuttered temporary shelters that were rapidly opened to handle the surge.

Killeen city spokeswoman Hilary Shine said the city has not received any requests for aid in housing undocumented immigrants.

Carrillo-Tapia, president of the League of United Latin American Citizen Council No. 4297, was joined at the meeting by several others who also thanked the council following its decision.

“These are children that need to be taken care of no matter where they come from,” she said. “If they are running from danger, who are we to say no? Who are we to say, ‘I’m not going to help you?’ We all move together or we don’t move at all.”

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8 comments:

  • Eliza posted at 8:55 am on Thu, Aug 21, 2014.

    Eliza Posts: 912

    [thumbup]

    Wasn't it expected ?

     
  • Eliza posted at 8:54 am on Thu, Aug 21, 2014.

    Eliza Posts: 912

    On Aug 9th.2014, Michael Brown committed robbery and assaults on 2 different people, the store owner and a uniformed policemen--- Felony's all around. It doesn't matter what color the man was ,he had shown he was dangerous.---

    An interesting question to ask, So many including the AG of the country are saying police are dangerous and especially so toward blacks,
    I would like to know how Ferguson citizens, and the AG, feel toward the 2 Black Officers who are on the force. Do they feel the same toward them ?
    Or do they feel they are sell outs to blacks, just because they wear a badge.

     
  • Alvin posted at 6:57 am on Thu, Aug 21, 2014.

    Alvin Posts: 277

    This is a personal opinion of this writer:

    You know, it's something else when the press prints, in big bold letters, 'NEWS: Israeli Airstrike Kills 3 Hamas Leaders' and then doesn't print ANYTHING about what precipitated the event.
    Another headline: Attorney General (AJ) Erick holder fly's to Ferguson; I, for one, see this as a flagrant 'misuse' of power and a great 'waste' of the citizens tax money.
    The Attorney General flies down to Ferguson, a single event, to spin some of his home spun philosophy about 'When I was a young man', Man that's history and this is the present day, but he gets people all excited, all over again. When this first occurred, the news printed, and keeps the story going, of 'A young black man kneeling, with his hands up, is shot by a White man'. There goes the excuse to loot and pillage. It is playing big time with the news. There have attempts to 'play the policeman's side of the story, but who cares, the news doesn't. There are story's about 'the people coming from California to New York, but that doesn't play well.
    Getting back to the Attorney General, he should stay in his office and take care of more pressing matters and not spin his down home philosophy. The news papers should take care to report both sides of the story, not one that 'gets news'.
    One of the 1 % who voted.
    End of the personal opinion of this writer.

     
  • Herald2010 posted at 6:53 am on Thu, Aug 21, 2014.

    Herald2010 Posts: 10

    Jose and Juan voted against it... Hey Jose Segarra, when they get here why don't you give them the code to the gated community you live in so they can stay with you.

     
  • Eliza posted at 10:58 pm on Wed, Aug 20, 2014.

    Eliza Posts: 912

    @ Imjustsayin,

    The rule of law means nothing to some people at times, No matter how patriotic the law is, which is to protect the American people against entering illegally into the peoples country by outsiders, some who could be of great harm like the 80% of the thousands who entered the U.S. in the last months.

    We have troops down on our southern border at this time trying to prevent this from happening,
    But there are those others, who will willingly welcome them with open arms.

    Again weak as water.

     
  • Eliza posted at 10:46 pm on Wed, Aug 20, 2014.

    Eliza Posts: 912

    The 5 who voted in the fashion they did were no surprise.

    Several have made some of their lively hood at one time, off of the stars and stripes. And what it was suppose to represent ,the American People, but have shown that isn't where their true loyalty seems to lay.

    A truly weak as water decision .

    Thank you Councilman Harris and Okray for at least thinking of what would be best for your fellow citizens in the city of Killeen.

    You are Honorable Citizens of the city and in your representation of the people.


    * The League of United Latin American Citizens, usually known by the acronym LULAC, was created to combat the discrimination faced by Hispanics in the United States. Established on February 17, 1929 in Corpus Christi, Texas, LULAC was a consolidation of smaller, like-minded civil rights groups already in existence.

     
  • Alvin posted at 7:51 am on Wed, Aug 20, 2014.

    Alvin Posts: 277

    This is the personal opinion of this writer.

    Copy:

    “I believe the five who voted against represented the community well,” Carrillo-Tapia said. “We want (the council) to hear our heart, that’s what community is about. You need to know what I want and what I need. If you don’t know that, then you can’t represent me.”
    Councilmen Jose Segarra, Juan Rivera, Wayne Gilmore, Terry Clark and Mayor Pro Tem Elizabeth Blackstone agreed to strike down the proposed resolution. Okray and Councilman Steve Harris voted in favor of moving forward with putting it on a council agenda for a formal vote.
    About 5,500 unaccompanied children were arrested in July, nearly half the number in May and June and the fewest since February.
    According to the report, arrests of parents with children also dropped by more than half in July, to about 7,400.
    Because of the drop, the federal government shuttered temporary shelters that were rapidly opened to handle the surge.
    Killeen city spokeswoman Hilary Shine said the city has not received any requests for aid in housing undocumented immigrants. End of copy.
    Now what is this article tell us???? that numbers don't really mean anything because numbers, by themselves, are meaningless. The number, 5,500, 7,400 are not in comparison to the over 120,000 'illegals' that have crossed the border since 'the surge' started. The 11 to 22 Million is a number that's been thrown out and it too is really a meaningless number. Nobody knows how many 'illegal aliens' have snuck, and that too is a meaningless factor because they are getting to be quite bold in crossing the border to be clothed, fed, educated, and provided medical services.
    In the statement attributed to AnaLuisa Carrillo-Tapia, president of of the League of United Latin American Citizen Council No. 4297; Copy: 'We want the council to hear our heart, that's what community is all about'. End of copy. I believe we just heard from a union organizer;
    Copy: “These are children that need to be taken care of no matter where they come from,” she said. “If they are running from danger, who are we to say no? Who are we to say, ‘I’m not going to help you?’ We all move together or we don’t move at all.”. End of copy.
    We all move together or we don’t move at all. Now if that is not straight out of a union manual I don't know what is. Now it's changed from 'there has not been any mention of housing aid for illegal aliens to 'We all move together or we don’t move at all.'
    The union just swayed the council's vote and they voted as a pack, again. This council has just, in my opinion, been swayed by a few people who came to the meeting. I really don't believe that 'this council sought what was good for the community, just what was good of the selected few'.
    The collective has spoken and the council has once again bent from the waist, and bowed down.
    One of the 1 % who voted.
    End of personal opinion.

     
  • ImJustSayin posted at 7:20 am on Wed, Aug 20, 2014.

    ImJustSayin Posts: 100

    What about what I want and what I need?
    What about our childrern in the community, our legal children here?
    I amt for the city prohibiting to provide refuge to anyone ILLEGALLY entering
    this country. As long as we make it possible for these people to find refuge,
    they will keep on coming. Maybe AnaLuisa Carrillo-Tapia has the financial means
    to support these children and take care of them. It is, however, not fair to do this
    on peoples tax moneys who oppose.