League City, Texas, council members voted on a measure set to reject any federal request to open an immigrant detention facility within the city.
The resolution was drafted by council member Heidi Thiess and approved 6-2–with support from the mayor. In addition to instructing all local institutions “to refuse requests or directives by federal agencies to permit or establish any facility for the purposes of processing, housing, or detaining any illegal aliens, designated as ‘refugee’ or otherwise”, the resolution also demands the state of Texas do the following:
- Through State executive and legislative actions demand that the Federal government provide additional resources for new and/or existing Border Patrol checkpoints and employ a contiguous physical barrier where strategically prudent.
- Demand the Texas State Legislature to enhance state smuggling and human trafficking laws and provide civil liability protections for Texan landowners against criminal trespassers.
- Demand the Texas State Legislature abolish any and all state-controlled or sponsored magnets that exacerbate the problem of rampant illegal immigration, such as (but not limited to): in-state tuition subsidies, welfare benefits and free non-emergency health care for illegal aliens.
- Require the State to perform a cost/benefit analysis of the illegal alien presence and report that cost to Texas taxpayers and state agencies.
- Pass legislation to prohibit “sanctuary cities” which restrict law enforcement from determining the immigration status of detainees after the commission of a crime within our communities.
According to The Houston Chronicle, there are no plans to open a detention facility in League City. If challenged, the resolution holds little legal merit.