The City's Business
by Trey Ware
June 24, 2010
Today the SA City Council will vote on a resolution concerning the Arizona immigration law The resolution is posted on my page if you want to read it.
The resolution was the lead topic during my weekly visit with Mayor Castro. The Mayor explained the reasoning behind the resolution was not so much to render judgment on the Arizona law. He believes it is important for Texas law makers to know that San Antonio does not want the same kind of law passed in Texas.
We have received many calls challenging the resolution, and every time we run a poll (and they are very unscientific), the resolution loses by huge margins. Clearly this is not a reliable indication of how San Antonio feels about the resolution. However, the number one comment from callers and e-mailers is, "San Antonio should not be passing official resolutions concerning laws enacted in another state or city." The editorial board of the Express News agreed with that position in a June 21, 2010 commentary.
So, why will the council push forward with the resolution today? Opponents believe they are doing it to score political points.
The one question they must answer before passing the resolution is, "are we doing the city's business?" Councilwoman Chan, the only immigrant on the council, is opposed to the resolution. She says the citizens elected council to do city business, (fix the streets, etc). John Clamp and Reed Williams are joining her in opposition to the resolution.
What about you? Do you believe the resolution denouncing the Arizona immigration law is doing the city's business?