Smith County Commissioners Court discusses illegal immigrants
POSTED: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 4:16pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 5:48pm
Tyler , TX (KETK) — Recently the Smith County Commissioners Court rejected two resolutions regarding illegal immigrant housing in our area. One resolution was presented by commissioner terry phillips, and the other, Judge Joel Baker. Phillips blames President Obama and the federal government for the lack of response to our border crisis. He says illegal immigrants would present health and safety risks in our county, and housing them here would not be in our best interest.
Judge Baker says the county has no authority to deny cooperation with the state or federal government. He encourages all citizens to make their voices heard, by writing the people who represent them in Washington D.C. Baker said, "I agree that the borders need to be secured, and this immigration issue needs to be dealt with in an appropriate manner, and its not being dealt with in an appropriate manner, but we cannot as a commissioners court effect the proper change."
Baker also tells KETK he has not been contacted by anyone at the federal level in regards to this, and he believes this is an issue Smith County doesn't need to focus on, at this time. He said, "this is a federal issue, its set out in the constitution and laws of the united states, and they are sworn to uphold those laws, just like we are sworn to uphold on our level. They're the ones who can affect change on the federal level, and they need to do it."