Tuesday night's vote for Senate Bill 4 (SB 4) was disheartening. When we say that Texas is very much looking like a fascist state, this is not at all hyperbole but increasingly a lived dystopian reality.
In brief, this is a border criminalization bill that imposes harsh consequences for individuals entering the nation, with penalties ranging from misdemeanors to felonies, contingent on factors such as the frequency of reentry.
This follows the passage this week of SB 3, a $1.54 billion plan to construct 50 miles of a state border wall. However, the Senate must give approval to the House's version of the bill that incorporated several amendments.
Governor Abbott will surely sign this premeditated abuse of power embodied in SB 4, potentially, and very likely, violating individual rights under the U.S. Constitution while simultaneously getting enacted in defiance of federal immigration policy. “The power to enforce immigration is unquestionably exclusively a federal power," expresses State Rep. Victoria Neave Criado (D-Dallas). Republicans don't care as they think they can win this in the Supreme Court. And if it hurts innocent people in the process, so be it. They're all "aliens" anyway, they must reason—which is how the see many Texans, by the way.
Gov. Abbott and House and Senate Republicans will most surely characterize this as one of their crowning achievements. It's racist and white supremacist, of course, especially considering how as per this New York Times piece published this week titled, What It Means to Be a Texan Is Changing in Surprising Ways. The piece is about the ascendancy of Black, Latina/o and Asian people in our state astride the declining population of white people with leadership that seeks and wants Apartheid.
The irony is that the people that their bills target— including tomorrow's HB 1 voucher bill that will get taken up on Friday—are overwhelmingly people's who are either of this continent of hemisphere. In contrast, those doing the legislating are exact same colonizers of old, of overwhelming Western European descendancy.
This is the kind of history and knowledge that Republicans banned via House Bill 900 in the context of the regular 88th (2023) Texas Legislative Session. Add DEI (SB 17) that passed last session to the list of yet another attack on diversity and the diverse knowledge in higher education to which DEI attaches.
And to top all of this off, because our governor just can't get enough of Donald Trump who currently has 91 charges against him per the Washington Post, check out this notice of his upcoming visit to Edinburg, Texas, on Sunday, Nov. 19th at noon. Read today's piece in the Houston Chronicle: Donald Trump heading to the Texas border this weekend for campaign event with Gov. Greg Abbott.
to an unfinished section of the border wall on Wednesday, June 30, 2021, in Pharr, Texas.
The advocacy community isn't giving up and rolling over, my friends. And yes, there are people of color, including Blacks and Latinas/os that support all this animus against their own communities. If we understand white supremacy as an ideology, then this redounds precisely to the "color" of one's ideology—much of which is an artifact of manufactured self hatred in some measure created both by what is taught and learned in our schools, as well as by what is not taught or learned.
My main point here is that it all connects. And ultimately, that we need to vote these so-called state leaders out of power.
#SayNoToFascism #Fascism #SB4 #SB3 #SayNoToVouchers
|“My task is to get this bill out of here and on the|
governor’s desk as soon as possible,” Rep.
David Spiller, R-Jacksboro, said
of Senate Bill 4. JAY JANNER/
|“Senate Bill 4 is the broadest, most invasive piece of legislation to ever potentially challenge the very nature of our federal and state power,” said Rep. Victoria Neave Criado, D-Dallas. JAY JANNER/AMERICAN-STATESMAN|