The Farmers Branch City Council on Friday Jan. 19th 2007 (a suburb near Dallas Texas) released its revised ordinance that would make English the city’s official language and requiring prove of citizenship of all apartment renters. A temporary restraining order had been issued pending a lawsuit challenging that the ordinance had been approved in violation of the Texas Open Meeting Act. The ordinance coming up for vote on Monday 22nd, if passed will go before voters on May 12th 2007. My question is how can these ordinances be fairly enforced? Will every person, despite skin color or accent, be required to bring out a birth certificate, when apply for an apartment. What would happened, if was overheard speaking Spanish? Would I be fined or perhaps arrested and spend the night in jail?
I remember reading about the Jim Crow Laws, while studying history in University. It makes me wonder and ask myself if these new ordinances, which are primarily aimed at Hispanics and Mexican, are the new Jim Crow Laws of the new America. It must be noted that this Dallas Suburb is not the only one passing city ordinance aimed at restricting and curtailing the flow of Latinos into areas that once were havens for the white Anglo elite.
Now some people say that these laws and ordinances are the result of neighborhoods answer to the illegal problem that America is faced with. But if you analysis the trend of these English only ordinances being passed, behind this new trend there are a growing number of people and groups that are afraid to loose their hold on America. As the number of immigrants increases in the U.S., so to does the number of Nationalized citizens. This increase will in time erode the strangle hold that white America has on the Political System in Washington, at the local and state level.
So to the citizens of Farmers Branch City I say go ahead and pass your anti-immigrant ordinances. This might slow down, but it will not stop the tide of the Latin influence in our American way of life.