League City, Tx., voted last night to ban undocumented children from being shipped into the town by the federal government.
The League City council passed a resolution by a vote of 6-2 not to accept requests from the federal government to operate detention or processing centers in the city, reported the Houston Chronicle.
So far there have not been any federal requests made to League City, but City Council Member Heidi Thiess, who wrote the ordinance, wants to make sure that undocumented immigrants, mostly children, who have been flooding into the state are not transferred to her town.
“I do not trust federal agencies to bring their mismanagement into our town,” Thiess told KHOU 11 News. “It does have an impact on our local resources, emergency services, public safety. All of our resources including education.”
“So it would be imprudent to plug my ears and close my eyes and say well this will never happen. Because it is happening right now,” added Thiess.
However, South Texas College of Law professor Gerald Treece told KHOU 11 News, "The federal government’s laws trump everything else."
“City councils get frustrated with immigration problems,” added Treece. “But it’s simply not the city’s legal right to tell the federal government what they can and cannot do in the area of immigration. Even states don’t have the authority to do this, much less a city.”
Thiess seemed undeterred by the legal issues.
“If they are going behind the back of local authorities to establish detention centers in communities about our size, we have to be proactive, we have to plan for this,” stated Thiess.