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The illegal flood is just overwhelming
Posted By Frank White On Monday, February 21, 2011 @ 2:00 pm In Commentary | 1 Comment
Apparently, lawmakers from the heartland of Tennessee are seeing something much more menacing than I see with illegal immigrants in the state.
It seems senators from Shelbyville and Murfreesboro find their districts overrun by illegal immigrants. The pair along with some other harsh-toned wags in the state legislature are focusing much of their efforts in this session on stemming the whelming tide of illegal immigrants.
I remember a commercial from one of those senators in his failed U.S. House primary campaign where he said simply, “If we don’t stop them, they’ll just keep on coming.” I kept wondering about that all during the campaign. Was it that big of a problem and I just wasn’t aware of it? Obviously, it didn’t strike a cord with the voters in that Congressional district either.
Despite the scare tactics, I’m not alone. Only 3 percent my fellow Tennesseans think immigration is a top priority for the state, according to a recentpoll. Poll respondents think as I do that the economy and creating jobs are top priorities for Tennessee.
Instead, these senators and some of their colleagues in the house are insisting that state and local police should determine the citizenship of every person they stop. I’m still trying to figure out why my state driver’s license isn’t enough. Will I have to carry my passport to go down the street to lunch?
There is one more piece of legislation on the horizon that concerns me even more because of its subtle erosion of Constitutional rights. They want to require a photo ID for every person who shows up to vote. My legally obtained voter registration card won’t be enough. I also have to produce my driver’s license, military ID, passport, or some other photo ID. Somehow this also is supposed to stop convicted felons from voting. I’m not sure how that works.
The voter ID bill may produce my first act of civil disobedience since the 1970s. After having dutifully voted in every election since 1972, I may now be denied the right to vote because I will refuse to produce a photo ID. As a veteran, I have defended freedoms guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and I’m not going to relinquish that freedom quietly.
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