TX HB1202 In A Nutshell
I cannot believe this bill. Essentially, it’s an ace in the hole for the big mouth Republicans. A “get out of jail free” card, if you will.
Remember how just about every single one of the big mouth republicans, from Meg Whitman on down, end up having at least one undocumented worker in their household staff? This little addendum, gives them an out.
See, the undocumented worker gets deported, but, the person that hired the undocumented worker won’t be on the hook for all the taxes etc. that they didn’t pay nor will they have to pay the $10,000 penalty.
This is indeed ridiculous for just about any state, but in Texas, it’s about normal. Seriously, it is. Have you seen the “geniuses” that we’ve had for governors the last few years?
The worst part about Texas House Bill 1202 is that the authors don’t see how it’s insulting and hypocritical, on the other hand the bill paints a realistic picture of what some folks not only don’t get, they don’t see it at all. So in a house-Mexican and field-Mexican kind of way, it makes perfect sense.
TX HB1202, sponsored by Rep. Debbie Riddle, is, at its core, a very tough immigration bill. CNN.com says:
As proposed, House Bill 1202 would create tough state punishments for those who “intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly” hire an unauthorized immigrant. Violators could face up to two years in jail and a fine of up to $10,000.
If that were where it ended we’d know which pile to toss it on. There are literally hundreds of bills just like HB1202 being filed and debated in states across the country. But this one deserves to be tossed in a pile of…it’s own. Debbie Riddle put a caveat in her bill:
that protects those who hire unauthorized immigrants “for the purpose of obtaining labor or other work to be performed exclusively or primarily at a single-family residence.”
Seriously. It’s made news so I’m sure this is not new to you. But the more I think about it the more ridiculous this bill sounds, even for Texas.