As reported yesterday, League City council members were scheduled to vote on a controversial resolution that essentially closed their community to children refugees from obtaining shelter there. The resolution passed on a final vote of 6-2.
Galveston County joined League City, also passing a similar resolution “banning” these children. The final vote there was 4-1.
The author of the resolution in League City, council member Heidi Thiess, argued the goal of “big government politicians and open border activists” was simply, ultimately, “amnesty.”
“It is not in the county's or public's best interest to house these undocumented minors,” stated Galveston County's resolution.
Sadly for conservatives pushing for these resolutions, that is not how the law actually works.
Find out how these resolutions may backfire for conservatives below the jump.Resolution passed in League City suggested these young children brought diseases with them, putting at risk their community. League City Mayor Timothy Paulissen argued their schools might even be forced to enroll and educate these children. Imagine. The horror.
These resolutions passed give out a message we're all very much familiar with in history: Your kind isn't welcomed here. If these resolutions were signs, they'd read: “No illegals welcomed.”
Thankfully, there are laws in place to prevent such openly-hostile discrimination against people. As stated by federal housing anti-discrimination laws:
The federal Fair Housing Act of 1968 and the federal Fair Housing Act Amendments Act of 1988 prohibit discrimination on the basis of the following criteria (called “protected categories”): race or color; religion; national origin; familial status or age-includes families with children under the age of 18 and pregnant women; disability or handicap, or sex.?
And, in accordance to the Supremacy Clause and Doctrine of Preemption:
The Supremacy Clause is a clause within Article VI of the U.S. Constitution which dictates that federal law is the “supreme law of the land”. This means that judges in every state must follow the Constitution, laws, and treatises of the federal government in matters which are directly or indirectly within the government's control. Under the doctrine of preemption, which is based on the Supremacy Clause, federal law preempts state law, even when the laws conflict. Thus, a federal court may require a state to stop certain behavior it believes interferes with, or is in conflict with, federal law.
If Galveston Co. or League City were to refuse to comply with federal law, they could potentially be taken to court over the matter.
Now, whether the folks that have pushed for these resolutions in League City and Galveston Co. are more prejudice against these young children because of their race or because of their national origin is a matter of debate. But, if we're truly frank with ourselves, would folks from League City and Galveston Co. be this hostile had these kids instead come from Europe? I would argue not.
Thiess, author of the resolution in League City, describes herself as a proven conservative and as an active member of the conservative movement for years. Among one of the issues on her official page, Thiess claims to oppose abortion because of her faith. She argues abortion is anti-woman, and inherently racist and the modern genocide. Thiess even quotes Mother Theresa to defend her beliefs.
This is what Mother Theresa had to say about helping those in desperate need:
“Let us touch the dying, the poor, the lonely and the unwanted according to the graces we have received and let us not be ashamed or slow to do the humble work.” — Mother Teresa