Friday, July 27, 2007

hide and seek...lost and found

An editorial in the Dallas Morning News, titled Foster Care Foothold: Illegal migrants are exploiting the system, paints a dicey picture of immigrant parents leaving their children in the US to improve or start a new life. If caught, illegal adult immigrants or families are easily and likely to be deported, but if a minor is unaccompanied, the government does not believe in the deportation of such young individuals, so the system as of now, puts these children in the hands of foster-care contractors. Funding the foster-care for these minors is relatively expensive, leaving the government in a pickle. The plot many cases, these children that are taken in by foster-care providers escape their supervision by running away or are given to relatives and get dismissed from their deportation trials. The bravery of these children is beyond me. Also, how difficult can it be to keep track of them? It's like these immigrants are playing the game "sardines" with the government. On the other hand, there's the option to put these children in detention facilities, such as, the Hutto Family detention center in Central Texas, which takes this problem to improper measures. Can we honestly blame these people for taking such a bold risk in hopes to better their future? The article depicts the issues our government has to face concerning this underground debacle and the need for reform. The author discusses the necessary actions that the government must consider in a rapid manner. Financially, it's appropriate to require contractual clauses along with financial penalties for the loss of a child, and there should be government employed monitors breathing down these foster kid's caretakers. These children are used in a dangerous and manipulative way to distract and busy officials from sending them home. I believe there are many hardships and controversies to this problem, and deciding to lend a hand to people in need or become stone-cold and apathetic is very difficult for the US as a whole but Texas especially. Texas is full of diversity, at least more so than many states, therefore our population tends to have a heart for immigration even if it's illegal. The method being used to exploit the system puts a huge bump in the road to satisfaction.

Friday, July 20, 2007

trying to lasso toll road bill

Texas tollway madness brings Governor Rick Perry, legislators, and the Department of Texas Transportation together to dispute the SB 792 bill. SB 792 grants private toll road contracts to last 50 years, ten years longer than in HB 1892, while also restyling the language of the bill which could allow the state to buy back toll roads from a private company, while also reworking where the money goes, and if they can establish and evaluate new projects. Legislators requested a vote for a moratorium but was not granted therefore leaving conflict and little time to consider the problems at hand. Questions circling the pros and cons of 50-year private toll road contracts and how to appease constituents against new “foreign” toll roads concerned the lawmakers. SB 792 was the agreed on bill that would control toll roads, while Perry said he would veto certain bills pertaining to private toll roads and hold sessions indefinitely until satisfied.

For complete article:
Perry Stared Down Legislative Blitz