AN OPEN LETTER TO TEXAS GOVERNOR RICK PERRY

Note: I have signed this letter. The author, Joann Fleming, is the Chair of the TX Tea Party Caucus Advisory Committee that Jim and I represent Kingwood TEA Party on. — Robin

(CLICK HERE TO SIGN)

June 30, 2011

The Honourable James Richard ‘Rick’ Perry
Governor of the State of Texas
State Insurance Building
1100 San Jacinto
Austin, Texas 78701

Governor Perry:

We write to express, in the strongest possible terms, our disappointment over the outcome of the regular and special sessions of the 82nd Legislature, in which every single one of the dozens of common-sense immigration reform bills died.

As you are most likely aware, the overwhelming body of polling data shows that Texans are extremely concerned about the effects of unchecked illegal immigration on our state.  A recent University of Texas / Texas Tribune poll of 800 registered voters in Texas found the following:

Texas voters consider illegal immigration to be the most important problem facing the State of Texas, with the lack of border security ranking a close second.[1]

Fully 87% of Texas voters, including 71% of Hispanic voters, support the passage of a law requiring employers to verify immigration status for their employees, with 70% of Texas voters ‘strongly supporting’ such a law.[2]

Roughly 69% of Texas voters oppose ‘sanctuary city’ policies which prevent the enforcement of immigration laws.[3]

Despite an overwhelming consensus among voters on the need for urgent action on illegal immigration, the Texas State Legislature blocked all bills filed in the regular and special sessions relating to employment verification,[4] sanctuary cities, [5] cost reporting[6] state licensing,[7] or any other common-sense immigration reform policies.  The vast majority of immigration-related bills filed in the State Legislature were prevented from even receiving a committee hearing, much less a floor vote.[8]

Although we do not necessarily hold you completely responsible for the inexcusable actions of the House and Senate members during the regular and special sessions, the ball is now squarely in your court.  It is solely within your power as Governor to call the legislature into session and demand that they complete the important work that they promised their constituents they would do.

Further, you have the inherent power, as the Chief Executive of the State of Texas, to issue one or more executive orders[9] to address illegal immigration, if you only choose to do so.  You have the inherent executive power, for example, to issue an executive order requiring the use of E-Verify for all state employees and by all state contractors, following the examples set by the governors of Florida,[10] Virginia,[11] Idaho,[12] Rhode Island[13] and Minnesota.[14]

All eyes are on you, Governor.  Please don’t let Texas down.

Sincerely,

– THE UNDERSIGNED  (CLICK HERE TO SIGN)

JoAnn Fleming
Executive Director, Grassroots America-We The People
Chair, Texas Tea Party Caucus Advisory Committee

Maria Martinez
Executive Director, Immigration Reform Coalition of Texas*

Katrina Pierson
Founder, Garland Tea Party
Member, Texas Tea Party Caucus Advisory Committee

Roberto F. Gonzalez
Chairman, Clear Lake Tea Party
Member, Texas Tea Party Caucus Advisory Committee

Julie Turner
Texas Tea Party Patriots PAC
Member, Texas Tea Party Caucus Advisory Committee

Kenneth Emanuelson
Co-Founder, Dallas Tea Party*

[1] See University of Texas / Texas Tribune Poll, Feb. 24, 2011.  This result mirrors national opinion trends.  In a recent CBS News Poll of 1,082 adults nationwide conducted Aug. 20-24, 2010, 88% of respondents characterized illegal immigration as ‘very serious.’ In a Pew Research/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll of 1,001 adults nationwide conducted July 8-11, 2010, 63% considered it ‘important’ that elected officials pass legislation to address immigration.

[2] See University of Texas / Texas Tribune Poll, cited above.

[3] See University of Texas / Texas Tribune Poll, cited above.

[4] See, e.g., http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=82R&Bill=HB1275.

[5] See, e.g., http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=82R&Bill=HB12; http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=82R&Bill=HB183.

[6] See, e.g., http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=82R&Bill=HB608.

[7] See, e.g., http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=82R&Bill=HB197.

[8] A cursory search of filed bills identified dozens of bills filed relating to immigrants or immigration.

[9]  See, e.g., http://governor.state.tx.us/news/executive-order/

[10]  See http://www.flgov.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/scott.eo_.two_.pdf

[11]  See http://www.governor.virginia.gov/News/viewRelease.cfm?id=649

[12] See http://gov.idaho.gov/mediacenter/execorders/eo09/eo_2009_10.html

[13]  See http://www.aila.org/content/fileviewer.aspx?docid=25791&linkid=179544

[14]  See http://www.leg.mn/archive/execorders/08-01.pdf

[*] Title listed for identification only.

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Posted on July 1, 2011, in Activism, Gov. Rick Perry, Grass Roots America, TX Tea Party Caucus Advisory Cmte and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Margie S. Garrison

    I have campaigned for you Governor Perry and I trust you. Please address the immigration issue for your constituents. I am also hoping you run for President of the United States. We need you. Thanks. Margie S. Garrison

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