There are times and places to state your political views, and times and places to keep them quiet. And a whole lot of conservatives think Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner just did the latter. But not for the reason you might think.
The background, of course, is record-setting Hurricane Harvey. The total devastation in Houston has brought the country together. Celebrities have raised a ton of money. Officers and civilians have worked side by side to rescue people. And the entire nation has prayed.
It’s a good time to thank law enforcement, and brave Americans. But maybe not such a good time to say that you’ll represent illegal aliens.
Especially, mind you, if President Trump himself already told people they were safe.
The Texas Tribune reports:
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner on Monday morning sent a clear message to members of Houston’s immigrant community who might fear seeking help during Hurricane Harvey because of their legal status.
“There is absolutely no reason why anyone should not call [for help]. And I and others will be the first ones to stand up with you,” Turner, an attorney, said to reporters.
“If someone comes and they require help and then for some reason [someone] tries to deport them, I will represent them myself.”
"I don't care what your status is."
Houston mayor Sylvester Turner has a potentially lifesaving message for undocumented hurricane victims: pic.twitter.com/o8QosS7wD1
— Splinter (@splinter_news) August 28, 2017
There’s a big problem with what Turner said.
Many conservatives are angry that Turner would defend lawbreakers, and they should be. But, technically, Turner’s right – this isn’t a time to investigate people’s citizenship status. And there’s one good reason for that – it protects the lives of first responders.
We’re talking about American officers, after all. They’re going to rescue everyone, no matter what their immigration status. That’s a given.
Which means, of course, that if illegals wait until the last minute to call for help, because they’re afraid…they’re putting first responders in danger. And that’s bad for everyone.
But the main issue with Turner’s statement isn’t that he’s concerned for first responders or illegal immigrants not calling in to be rescued, it’s the motives behind his statement. A new Texas sanctuary city law is going into effect on September 1, and it seems as though this mayor is taking advantage of the hurricane to delay the law.
IJR reports: Sanctuary cities were outlawed in Texas after Gov. Greg Abbott (R) signed Senate Bill 4 into law in May. When Abbott signed the bill, he said, via Dallas News, “It simply makes sense. Citizens expect law enforcement officers to enforce the law, and citizens deserve lawbreakers to face legal consequences.”
Turner, on the other hand, wants to put the law, which goes into effect September 1, on hold as rescue efforts continue. Though even after the dust settles, Turner hasn’t shown any signs of goodwill toward the immigration law.
Turner is taking stand against Trump, Texas, and the Texas governor. And he’s using Hurricane Harvey to do it. Sick.
That’s just too political for me.
Source: Independent Journal Review