In this immigration reform voting, the preferred role to adopt is trustee. It follows then that, I would vote against arresting or authorizing immigrants without proper documentation to leave the country. This is because, the time provided in the bill is short and the actions to be taken are ethically and constitutionally incorrect. The action to be taken should concentrate on attempts to advocate for proper documentation for immigrants through financial payment over a more realistic time plan. Sending the immigrants out of Texas will land them into other locations of the world where they will endure hard life and they will always look back and say Texas made them suffer. With this regard therefore, it is my personal view that we should not make plans to get rid of immigrants without the proper documents. Let us not categorize them as a group. The decision to arrest them or push them away from Texas should be determined by their motives, history, connection and the duration they have been in Texas.
The voting in this issue should not be party oriented but should dwell on analyzing the situation with our policy that has resulted to a condition that the country has many immigrants who are undocumented. The immigrants without the documents required are victims of Texas’s history. This is because, looking at our history, Texas was initially occupied by Native American tribes, this was followed by colonization by Spaniards around 16th and 17th centuries, the 19th century witnessed the bringing of Black Slaves to the land. These actions in our history are the resulting of our current immigration status; therefore, it is better to be more realistic in our decision.
As a governor, the duty is to represent all the people in Texas. Texas is an increasingly diverse society with immigrants from all walks of life. Language belongs to individuals whose stories are being narrated, whose distinct realities need to be represented fairly and accurately for the benefit of everyone. Regardless of the ideology held by the two diverse political affiliations, the immigrants without the documents should be dealt with in such a way that the primary concern is nature of a good society and a good life. The concern here is that, before we pass any bill, let us be fair in considering aspects of professionalism, morality and ethics. With regard to this, we should aim to improve the lives of every individual living in Texas in such a way that it will be appreciated and acknowledged. A good example in relation to this is Canada. Canada has made attempts to offer proper documents to immigrants after analyzing their personal lives.
In its definition to substance of justice, civil liberties have been availed to the individuals living in Texas. Under these liberties, the people have the right to speak, read, and assemble for them to make informed decisions and views. This will magnify democracy in Texas. As a result therefore, there is need that democracy in Texas is not undermined considering civil rights and liberties. Our government should not be selective on the people they it delivers democracy to. The attempts by some immigrants to acquire legal documents should be taken in to consideration. It should also be put to perspective that some of these immigrants have lived in Texas for a very long time and have close family and friends who are immigrants with all the required documents.
Newell, Charldean, David Forrest Prindle and James W Riddlesperger. Texas politics. Boston, MA [u.a.]: Wadsworth/Cengage Learning, 2012. Print.