Immigration Laws Held Up at the Border

This just in – Texas is not in the immigration business. That's the news from the chairman of the House committee assigned to consider buckets of mostly anti-immigration bills aimed at punishing working poor people who enter the U.S. under the radar. Dumas Republican David Swinford, chairman of the State Affairs Committee, had asked state Attorney General Greg Abbott to eyeball the proposed legislation to determine how the bills would square with federal law. Turns out that most of the bills – products of a xenophobic '06 campaign theme for the state Republican Party – wouldn't hold up in court should they become law. Some proposed immigration legislation could still be heard, nonetheless, including one that would require undocumented immigrants to pay out-of-state tuition prices at public colleges. At press time Wednesday, the State Affairs and Border & International Affairs committees were scheduled to hear invited testimony on immigration.

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