State Rep Leo Berman: A "Birther" Bill And Oh, So Much More

Keep Houston Press Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Houston and help keep the future of Houston Press free.

Texas, we have our birther bill!!

Thanks to Rep. Leo Berman of the Panhandle Tyler, the Texas legislature will take up a bill saying no one can be on the ballot in Texas for president (or vice-president! All bases covered!!) unless they present their "original birth certificate indicating that the person is a natural-born United States citizen."

Berman explained to the Lubbock Avalanche Journal the bill is needed "because we have a president whom the American people don't know whether he was born in Kenya or some other place."

Berman, who has called Barack Obama "God's punishment on us today," didn't stop there with his pre-filing of goofy bills for the upcoming session.

Other bills include

-- Establishing English as the official language of Texas

-- The "imposition of a fee for certain money transmissions sent to certain destinations outside the United States." Damn those Canadians sending money home to the Yukon!

-- Cutting off state funds for entities that don't enforce immigration laws to the degree he thinks they should

-- One "relating to the enforcement of immigration laws, to the investigation, prosecution, and punishment of certain criminal offenses concerning illegal immigration, and to certain employment and labor practices and requirements regarding immigration and immigrants; providing civil and criminal penalties."

-- "Prohibiting a person who is in the United States illegally from bringing a claim in a state court."

-- Issuing "temporary report[s] of alien birth" rather than birth certificates if a child is born to illegal aliens.

-- Oh, and he wants any guns or gun parts made and sold only in Texas to be exempt from federal regulations.

Keep the Houston Press Free... Since we started the Houston Press, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Houston, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Houston with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the Press community and help support independent local journalism in Houston.


Join the Press community and help support independent local journalism in Houston.