Monday, November 8, 2010
Less than an hour after the period began for filing bills for consideration in the 2011 Legislative session, State Rep. Debbie Riddle (R-Tomball), a leader of the newly muscular conservatives in the Legislature, filed an ˜Arizona style’ measure that would crack down on illegal immigration, 1200 WOAI news reports.
Riddle says her measure is a response to what she says is the escalating violence caused by Mexican and Latin American gangs in Texas.
“It is absolutely out of control with the gang related crime, which is going through the roof, so, yes, we are addressing this, and quite frankly, I am not worried about political correctness, Riddle told 1200 WOAI news.
The measure would be similar to Arizona’s controversial SB 1070, in that it would require that local police work with federal immigration officials in determining the legal status of a person who is in their custody.