Richard Raymond speaks out over possible immigration law in Texas
May 3, 2010
May 4, 2010
Border cities are talking about the immigration law in Arizona. Over the weekend many held rallies as they opposed the new law. Our Noraida Negron talks to our local state representative on the possibility of seeing a similar law in Texas
According to Richard Raymond, one state representative introduced a similar immigration law last year and he says they expect the same representative to reintroduce it this year's legislation.
Richard Raymond: State Representative "I don’t think it’s the right approach and I think that we will see that as it plays out in Arizona.”
The new law in Arizona requires that local law enforcement question people about their immigration status. Opponents say they fear the law will lead to police harassment of legal immigrants and US citizens who look Hispanic. Others say it will be extra work for local authorities to enforce this law.
"If you pass a law like this, number one local law enforcement all of the sudden is having to do something that really isn't their job. This is a federal issue...done before."
Representative Raymond says it will change the dynamic of law enforcement of keeping the community safe. Meanwhile civil rights advocates have vowed to challenge the law in court, saying it would undoubtedly lead to racial profiling.
"People who come here from other countries are coming here because U.S. citizens are giving them jobs...demand to hire other people from office."
Many believe that the Arizona immigration law will affect the immigration reform from President Barak Obama.
"Part of it will happen because of what’s happening in Arizona. There will be more serious look at it and say all right what’s the real issue...U.S. citizens are hiring people from other countries to work."