League City’s resolution instructing city employees not to cooperate with federal directives on housing undocumented immigrants pleased people who get charged up about immigration.
But the resolution was nothing more than a public relations stunt.
The resolution won’t be enforced because it conflicts with the Supremacy Clause. You can find it in Article VI of the U.S. Constitution.
It says that where U.S. law and League City’s resolutions conflict, U.S. law prevails.
The City Council’s resolution instructing city departments not to cooperate with federal directives is just the kind of thing this section of the Constitution was written to prohibit.
There is a certain amount of posturing that every elected politician will do for his or her core constituents.
County commissioners, for example, rattled the saber with a resolution about immigration — but they were careful not to declare that Galveston County would refuse to abide by the U.S. Constitution.
But at some point, voters are going to have to ask themselves whether people who play to the crowd — and play to their baser instincts — should be given a public trust.
A lot of the yes votes on these resolutions came from people who made their belief in God, country and family values part of their election campaigns.
How could those beliefs possibly square with the facts of this case?
The fact that a couple of dozen children of immigrants from Central America were in Galveston came to light last year during an investigative report by The Daily News about a problem a nonprofit was having with a federal grant.
Those children had managed to live in Galveston — not League City — for years without many people knowing they were there.
Those children are children — innocent of the political turmoil that led their parents to flee Central America.
The idea that anyone is upholding some kind of high moral values by instructing city employees not cooperate with efforts to house them is nonsense.
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