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Old 04-17-2009, 05:52 PM
 
Location: DFW - Coppell / Las Colinas
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Can a state along the Mexican border pass a law and create a militia to enforce the law to stop incursions by the Mexican people ?

How far can a state go to defend itself, If the violence along the border spills over to the US and the federal government fails to act or take control ? Are we entirely dependent on the federal system to protect our borders ?

Seems like Texas could give this power and authority too the Texas Rangers who would do a better job.
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Old 04-17-2009, 06:32 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Yes a state does have the authority.

Personally, I think the way Texas (and other states) should deal with it is simply by imposing huge fines on anyone employing or renting to them. Focus on those assisting them and they will be forced to self-deport.
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Old 04-18-2009, 01:03 PM
 
Location: 125 Years Too Late...
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Yes a state does have the authority.

Personally, I think the way Texas (and other states) should deal with it is simply by imposing huge fines on anyone employing or renting to them. Focus on those assisting them and they will be forced to self-deport.
Can a government impose a huge fine on itself?
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Old 04-18-2009, 01:12 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Can a government impose a huge fine on itself?
The state of California should. LOL

The Texas government is not providing housing or jobs to them. We are providing health care at SOME public hospitals, but it's a county by county decision. My county refuses to provide it.

The US Supreme Court has said that we HAVE to educate the kids.
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Old 04-18-2009, 01:45 PM
 
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Bsically whan you look at what the federal governamnt has done sate law enfoircemnt is already doing much of the border security, The porblem is that its is so far inalnd now that its just not at the borders.Anyone who thinks that the mexican cartels controls over the drugs they bring in stops as it crosses the border is conning themselves.Our cities where most of the drug problmes are are full of grups like MS-13 as that is where the major part of the consumers of their products are.
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Old 04-18-2009, 01:58 PM
 
Location: planet octupulous is nearing earths atmosphere
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they should just train military troops on the border with mexico kill two birds with one stone would be a great deterrent.you have to train troops anyhow why not train them near the border.that's what border states should do.
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Old 04-18-2009, 03:17 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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States do not train troops, except reservists, who are part time, and because they have to train near their home, they tain in each county. Furthermore, it would be no deterrent if troops are being tained nearby, if everybody knew they had no authority to do anything.
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Old 04-19-2009, 06:48 PM
 
Location: In a house
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Yes, not only can they, but they should. Its pretty obvious the feds arent worried about it.


Doesn't take troops, just willing men. Would change overnight if you could actually do something besides feed & support illegals when you find some. Our only responsibility is to get them back out & prevent their return.
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Old 04-20-2009, 03:01 PM
 
Location: Seabrook, New Hampshire
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Yes, states have a right to enforce federal laws within their borders. Constitutionally, the federal government does not have "arrest" powers, and must use a local sheriff or officer to do the job. In practice, several agencies have been ignoring this restriction. They are supposed to detain an individual and wait for a local officer to arrive and make the arrest in person.
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