There are 11.7 million unauthorized immigrants in the US. Regardless of anyone’s stance on it, the fact is, we let this happen. In Nebraska during the 90s they launched a pilot program targeting employers. It was so effective that the same officials who had called for the crackdown started complaining to Mark Reed, the INS official responsible for the program, that it was slowing down the slaughterhouse lines and affecting the state’s economy. He was also ‘told that the enforcement actions were “pulling the fabric of their community apart.”’1 His comment on our current situation is that, “If you take hypocrisy and then put in a good dose of unintended consequences, you can see why we are in such a mess.”2 And that policing the border is a priority because of the optics of lights, fences, and border patrols agents with guns, but that “Employer sanctions are the real wall.”3 The takeaway is that conservatives claim that they want to fix immigration but can’t live with the implications.
So that’s how we got here, now let’s look at the implications for Austin.
The term ‘Sanctuary City’ is a misnomer. It originated in the 80s when churches in Arizona started providing food, shelter, legal advice and other assistance to people fleeing violence in Central America. Members of the Sanctuary Movement actually did act in violation of federal law and many were charged and put on trial. This is completely different than what is happening in Austin and other places falsely being labelled as ‘Sanctuaries’.
SB4 in the Texas State Senate seeks to require law enforcement agencies (LEAs) in Texas to assist and participate in the prolonged detention, investigation and determination of the legal status of immigrants who come into their custody.
A doctrine of federalism, “known as the “anti-commandeering principle,”5 says that the federal government can’t require state officials to enforce federal law. Its leading formulation was written by the late Justice Antonin Scalia in the 1997 case of Printz v. U.S.
The Printz decision struck down provisions of the Brady Act that required state and local law enforcement officials to do background checks of firearm purchasers. Scalia reasoned that the federal system separates state officials from the executive chain of command that covers federal employees. And he concluded that the constitutional system of federalism bars Congress from pressing state officials into service to execute federal laws.”6
ACA Candlelight Vigil
ACA Candlelight Vigil
Let’s gather together in solidarity with dozens of other Indivisible groups across the state on Wednesday evening at dusk for a candle light vigil outside of Lakeway’s Baylor Scott & White regional hospital in support of saving the Affordable Care Act.
Bring a candle- we will have some extras…We will provide the light!
This is a do-or-die moment for the ACA. Exactly seven years to the day of the Affordable Care Act becoming law, the House of Representatives will be voting to repeal it and replace it with TrumpCare—a plan that would lead to 24 million Americans losing their health care.
Republicans are rushing to get this bill through before the upcoming April recess, ignoring the normal legislative process. They are attempting to ram through a TrumpCare bill that will cut coverage for millions and raise premiums for millions more. Their proposal simultaneously guts Medicaid and gives a $600 billion tax break to the wealthy and corporations.
Millions of lives hang in the balance. The House vote, currently scheduled for Thursday, is the first step towards enactment of this devastating TrumpCare bill. Our MoC, Roger Williams, has indicated that he will vote in favor of this bill. His vote could mean the difference between life or death for thousands each year. You need to demonstrate your resolve.
Let’s join together on Wednesday night to show Rep. Williams that we do not condone stripping healthcare from millions of Americans.
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Williams posted this press release on Feb 15, 2017 https://williams.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/rep-williams-introduces-bill-to-block-pre-paid-card-rule
This is constituent Howard Porter’s response:
Congress wants to block the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s prepaid card rule, and in the House this effort is being lead by Congressman Roger Williams (R-TX25)
The prepaid card rule, issued by the CFPB in October, protects consumers who use prepaid cards to make purchases and manage their money. The rule enhances rights in case of loss, theft, and unauthorized charges – protections already given to Debit Card Holder. And, the rule takes steps towards making sure prepaid cards remain prepaid, rather than a vehicle for high cost credit products or hidden fees.
Any rollback of the protections in the final rules will disproportionately affect low-income and younger consumers, two groups that use prepaid cards in higher number
In Texas, 10.2% of households used prepaid cards in 2015, according to the FDIC, higher than the national average.
The biggest beneficiary of stopping this rule? NetSpend! They charge some $80 million a year in overdraft fees on payday lender prepaid cards. Senators from NetSpend’s home state filed the resolution in the Senate and they’ve gotten Representative Williams to do their bidding in the House.
Rep. Williams has filed a resolution under the Congressional Review Act (CRA) and recruited 34 cosponsors. CRA resolutions allow congress to undo recent rules and protections. The CRA has special provisions to expedite a vote and prevent a filibuster, so if it moves forward it will be a big fight.
A successful use of the CRA now would not only hurt those who use prepaid cards, but would erode the young CFPB’s authority, despite its tremendous success at returning nearly $12 billion to 29 million consumers across the nation.
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Let @CFPB do its job: prepaid cards should be prepaid http://bit.ly/SaferPrepaidCards #DefendCFPB #RulesAtRisk [ADD TWITTER HANDLES]
Don’t let @Netspend scam customers by blocking @CFPB’s prepaid rule http://bit.ly/2knKb7Q #DefendCFPB [ADD TWITTER HANDLES]
Don’t use the CRA to let prepaid card buyers get scammed http://bit.ly/SaferPrepaidCards #DefendCFPB #RulesAtRisk [ADD TWITTER HANDLES]
Re-posted from the Center for Responsive Politics
|Rank||Contributor||Hires lobbyists?||Lobbying firm?*||Lobbyist(s)
|2||Bass Brothers Enterprises||$18,100||$8,100||$10,000|
|3||National Independent Automobile Dealers||$16,890||$0||$16,890|
|4||Lee M Bass Inc||$15,400||$15,400||$0|
|7||JPMorgan Chase & Co||$11,200||$2,700||$8,500|
|8||Heritage Title Co of Austin||$11,050||$11,050||$0|
|9||Bobby Cox Companies||$10,800||$10,800||$0|
|9||Martin Sprocket & Gear||$10,800||$10,800||$0|
|12||Automotive Free International Trade PAC||$10,000||$0||$10,000|
|12||Council of Insurance Agents & Brokers||$10,000||$0||$10,000|
|12||Credit Union National Assn||$10,000||$0||$10,000|
|12||Ernst & Young||$10,000||$0||$10,000|
|12||Farm Credit Council||$10,000||$0||$10,000|
|12||Indep Insurance Agents & Brokers/America||$10,000||$0||$10,000|
|12||National Assn of Realtors||$10,000||$0||$10,000|
|12||National Assn/Prof Surplus Lines Offices||$10,000||$0||$10,000|
|12||National Auto Dealers Assn||$10,000||$0||$10,000|
|12||National Beer Wholesalers Assn||$10,000||$0||$10,000|
*registrants, or active lobbying firm
This table lists the top donors to this candidate in the 2015-2016 election cycle. The organizations themselves did not donate, rather the money came from the organizations’ PACs, their individual members or employees or owners, and those individuals’ immediate families. Organization totals include subsidiaries and affiliates.
NOTE: All the numbers on this page are for the 2015-2016 election cycle and based on Federal Election Commission data available electronically on Wednesday, February 01, 2017. (“Help! The numbers don’t add up…”)
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