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Update 09-10-2007: The Day Labor Site issue is dead - mostly.
The funds for the Day Labor Site Center were de-funded and will be re-allocated. It was
in the consent agenda which was approved unanimously. The
money will instead be spent on a drainage project. In the next
couple of weeks the Council will officially approve the budget for
next year. I am told that we will not find anywhere in the
budget any money allocated for a Day Labor Site Center. This issue
is all but dead. That is, NO MONEY then NO DLS Center.
In my opinion, it is not a statement that they would not support a project like
this if the issue arose in the future. It was not an about-face
on this issue. It was a stop. In a perfect world,
I would have preferred a statement about this error in judgment and
a commitment to do something about the illegal alien problems in the
City. In any case, this is a good first step (or more
accurately a non-step in the wrong direction).
Council Members still seem to support the Day Labor Site (DLS).
- It is bad
enough that the following council members voted for a Day Laborer
Site in the first place as listed in the
08-19-2006 Budget Meeting Minutes.
- The Minutes did not reflect that any of the council members or
the Mayor had any
reservations on the subject and they all approved the budget which
included the DLS. They still seem to support the DLS in the
Dallas Morning News article (or see the
PDF version of this article)
as Greg Tierney is quoted as saying "we as a city do need to
move forward." Uhhh, wrong direction.
The decision that they made on this DLS issue tells me that these
council members do not represent me and almost all of the people
that I talk to in Lewisville. Personally they seem like nice
people but they may never get another
vote from me. This DLS topic is a real NO BRAINER and the
vote should have been NO from all of them. I admit that I am
not a genius but this decision is clearly wrong to me. There
is no excuse for their decision logically and I really cannot think
of a good reason why someone would support this DLS. I can
think of a few but none of them are Right. I just hope
that there are candidates that are FOR Americans that run against these current members
so that I can vote for someone that represents the true Citizens of
Lewisville. An Example, Lathan Watts
will get my vote.
Subject: Open records - Request for Information - Day Laborer
I mentioned that the current race in Lewisville has a candidate (Aljoe)
that is supporting the day laborer site (See
Aljoe's Comments). We also have a candidate that
opposes spending tax payer money on such a project (Lathan Watts).
The local paper backed Aljoe but did not cover any of his points or
issues. This sparked me to send a
Letter to the Editors
of the paper. [NOTE 5-29-2007: It has come to my
attention that these editors do not live in Lewisville either.]
The minutes on the City of Lewisville website for 8-19-2006 were not
available so I requested the information for the August 19-22, 2006
City Council Budget Workshop. Now that I mentioned this to
them, they will fix the site links but the links were not fixed as
of 5-5-2007. For now, the City attorney's office has sent me
the minutes of that workshop.
The amount for the Day Laborer Hiring Site is listed as $138,709* which
seems to be nothing more than money allocated for the location.
(Please See $ Clarification below) Since
I was originally told it was more than that, I can only assume that
there has been other discussion for a building that would raise the amount
to be spent on this. However, the minutes do not specifically state
if this is for the land only or if it includes a shelter also. The term
of 'site' means a location to me. I would have guessed that the property
values in a prominent area in Lewisville would be expensive. Most of
these 'day laborers' hang out at the huffiness dealership (121 & I35)
and 7-11 (Mill St & 121). Since I oppose this.... I ask.... Will these
'Day Laborers' go to an obscure place or will they just continue being
at these intersections?
Seems to me that they will continue to go
where they are now. A supporter of this action has stated that
the police will ticket them if they congregate anywhere else. I have
no faith in this as they do not currently enforce the law when it concerns
illegal aliens. Though I do understand that 'day laborers' may not all
be illegal aliens, I would venture an educated guess that nearly 100%
are illegal aliens. A citizen would not have to resort to such measures
because a citizen would be able to go and apply for a job at a company,
etc... Being that they are in a public area, I would be in favor of
police identifying these individuals and take action accordingly.
Just enforcing a Loitering ordinance would cause the problem to go
away. (Lewisville does not have a loitering ordinance as of this
writing). If a citizen is involved, then they get a ticket.
Illegal Aliens should be arrested and immigration should be called. I
also believe from statistics heard on news programs that ticketing would
be a worthless effort as nearly all do not show up for court or pay
tickets. I guess we could ticket those who solicit their services which
would normally be a person (a citizen) wanting to hire them (day laborers).
Either way, I would rather spend the money on police officers that would
enforce the law thus solving the problem directly without encouraging
illegal aliens to come here. If you build it, they will come.
I do not want Lewisville to be a Sanctuary city for illegal aliens.
Please support the laws that have already been passed. Those in political
office and law enforcement make an oath to uphold the law. We all have
to do our part and it is up to the local officials and police to enforce
the law. It is up to everyone to obey the law. All the Laws (Federal,
State, County, City, etc..) apply to a jurisdiction. Does each City
have its own Constitution or Bill of Rights written in their local laws?
Of course not, because it all applies. The picking and choosing of which
laws to enforce is nothing more than a political
opinion or judgment by law enforcement. Justice is supposed to
be blind - enforce the law.
There are many examples of this 'picking and choosing' which laws to
enforce. Here are a few:
- The police will give you a ticket if you are speeding on a State Highway
or is this also out of their Jurisdiction?
- Having a truckload of drugs is a federal offense?
http://www.access.gpo.gov/uscode/title18/parti_.html is a basic
list of FEDERAL crime areas and you can just imagine how bad things
would be if the police did not enforce any of these laws.
It has been told to me that the possible site is at S. Mill and 121
in Lewisville, TX. I have not seen anything official but my
source is pretty good. If you find anything Official, please
send to me.