There have recently been a wave of rightwing resolutions asserting "state sovereignty," with Governor Rick Perry even evoking Civil War-era rhetoric about Texas having the right to secede from the United States.
Now more than ever, we need a rational and respectful dialogue about
how to fix our country’s broken immigration system. But comments like
Texas Representative Betty Brown’s recent assertion that legal Chinese
American immigrants should adopt Anglophone names that are “easier for
Americans to deal with” represents precisely the kind of divisive
rhetoric that will keep us from such a levelheaded debate.
Brown’s callous suggestion that Chinese American citizens are not
American is symptomatic of the veiled bigotry that underlies much of
the immigration debate across the nation. It also begs the question of
why state legislators across the country would want to associate with
the organization that Brown helped found to propagate racially divisive
A RESOLUTION REQUESTING THAT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT PROVIDE GREATER
FUNDING AND ASSISTANCE TO THE STATE OF GEORGIA TO OFFSET THE TAXES PAID
BY IMMIGRANT TAXPAYERS YET NOT DISTRIBUTED TO THE STATE TO FUND
NECESSARY SERVICES FOR THOSE RESIDENTS MANDATED BY THE FEDERAL