According to the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the recently adopted League City resolution banning undocumented immigrants from using city services also contains language suggesting closing the borders to Mexico is about more than keeping out impoverished children.
In an op-ed piece in the Galveston Daily News, the group's Houston communications coordinator Ruth Nasrullah, points out additional language in the resolution singling out possible Islamic terrorism as an additional reason for the resolution.
The resolution contains a clause which states that "members of dangerous transnational criminal organizations and radical Islamic terror groups continue to exploit the situation to infiltrate the United States for the purpose of establishing criminal activity, terror cells, and training operations within our homeland."
Specifically identifying "radical Islamic terror groups" gives the false and unfair impression that Muslims constitute a particular threat.
The full text of Nasrullah's piece can be found on the group's Facebook page.
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She does have a point. The biggest concern when it comes to criminal activity at and across the border is from drug cartels, not fundamentalist terrorists. More importantly, the recent border crisis has mostly involved refugees escaping poverty and crime in their own countries. Judging from the last time Hair Balls had to pass through a checkpoint near King Ranch, we're guessing no one is smuggling dirty bombs in that way.
Forgive us if we find the entire controversy surrounding League City's resolution a little amusing, as if anyone, terrorists, refugees or otherwise would seek asylum in, of all places, League freaking City. Nevermind the fact that more than 17 percent of LC's population is Latino, certainly at least some of them originally from other countries. And in perhaps a more pointed twist of irony, the very city that passed this resolution sits on land once inhabited by a Karankawa Indian village, at least until white settlers moved in and took over.
Now, we have all this hubub created to protect the sanctity of a place that is, for most people in the region, not much more than a gas stop on the way to Galveston, and home to something called Chigger Bayou.
On second thought, maybe the resolution isn't such a bad idea after all. At least it warns the poor, starving immigrant children and those simply seeking a place to worship in peace where to avoid visiting. There isn't much to see there anyway.