Last year, Texas Governor Greg Abbot signed into law House Bill 11, which made it a felony to harbor illegal immigrants. The law was hailed as one of the strongest border protection efforts in the southwest, but it immediately attracted the ire of pro-immigrant groups. This week, a San Antonio judge issued an injunction against the law as part of a lawsuit brought by the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund against the state.
According to the plaintiffs, the law violates the Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution by attempting to regulate an issue that is within the jurisdiction of the federal government. They say that the law stands in conflict with existing federal regulations and should thus be struck down as unconstitutional.
Gov. Abbot, responding to the injunction, said it was “absurd.”
Under the law, anyone found guilty of harboring an illegal immigrant for the purpose of financial benefit can be sentenced to 10 years in prison and hit with a fine of up to $10,000. Supporters insist that the law is not intended to penalize charitable organizations who provide shelter for illegal immigrants, but rather to prosecute those who do it for profit. Many of those are involved in the smuggling trade, and they are largely responsible for the problems we now have at the border.
It’s simply amazing the lengths these activists will go to in order to protect the thriving trade of illegal immigration. Never mind who gets hurt in the process. No, we have to throw open the borders and welcome everyone. And strangely enough, the courts seem to agree. Isn’t it funny how declaring your city a “sanctuary” for illegal immigrants is fine, but a law that goes the other way…oh, well now it’s unconstitutional. The situation seems to be: If you want to go further left than Obama, you’re free to violate federal law. If you want to be more conservative, however, we have a problem.
What else can you conclude? There is a systematic effort to keep Americans from doing anything to secure the border. This is a coalition of Democrats, Hispanic activists, Big Business, and Washington RINOs. And they all want to kick this can down the road. Meanwhile, American citizens are being shot, put out of work, and hooked on the deadly drugs that flow across the border.
Supremacy clause? Sorry, but if the federal government isn’t going to do anything about illegal immigration, the states have every right to protect their citizens.