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Killeen May Consider Banning Housing Undocumented Immigrants

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KILLEEN - The Killeen city council may consider a resolution to ban the housing of undocumented immigrants. Council member at large Jonathan Okray who proposed the resolution said it is a way to be proactive.

"It is necessary that we bring it up now rather than later so that later we won't be reacting rather we will be responding,” said Okray.

Under this resolution, city facilities may not be used for housing, processing or detaining undocumented immigrants.


Another council member Jose Segarra said this should not be even brought up because Killeen has more pressing issues.

"It divides the city. It divides the council members. It gets people riled up, very emotional in our city where we are really not affected by that,” said Segarra.


Okray said many citizens are glad this resolution is being brought up.

Council members will vote on Tuesday at their workshop on whether they want to discuss the resolution at the next meeting.

Federal and state officials have not contacted the city to house any immigrants thus far.

You may find the full resolution below:

TO:                  MAYOR AND COUNCIL

VIA:                 GLENN MORRISON, CITY MANAGER

VIA:                 ANN FARRIS, ASSISTANT CITY MANAGER- INTERNAL SERVICES

VIA:                 JOHN SUTTON, ASSISTANT CITY MANAGER-EXTERNAL SERVICES

VIA:                 KATHY DAVIS, CITY ATTORNEY

FROM:             JONATHAN OKRAY, COUNCIL MEMBER AT-LARGE

SUBJECT:        A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY OF KILLEEN TEXAS TO PROTECT THE HEALTH, SFETY, AND SECURITY OF OUR CITIZENS AND COMMUNITY; AND PROVIDING FOR OTHER MATTERS RELATED TO THE SUBJECT

DATE:             8/6/2014

Honorable Mayor and City Council:

I request the mentioned Resolution added to the next available schedule of workshop discussion. The text of the resolution provided and attached.

RESOLUTION NO. _______

A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY OF KILLEEN, TEXAS

TO PROTECT THE HEALTH, SAFETY, AND SECURITY OF OUR CITIZENS AND COMMUNITY; AND PROVIDING FOR OTHER MATTERS RELATED TO THE SUBJECT

WHEREAS, the citizens of Killeen, Texas recognize their duty as law-abiding citizens to act in accordance with the U.S. Constitution and the Texas Constitution, and agree that their right to life, liberty, and property shall not be infringed; and

WHEREAS, the federal government has failed to protect the homeland in accordance with Article 1, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution, Texas has the right and obligation to protect its citizens in accordance with Article 1, Section 1 of the Texas Constitution:

Freedom and Sovereignty of State.  Texas is a free and independent State, subject only to the Constitution of the United States, and the maintenance of our free institutions and the perpetuity of the Union depend upon the preservation of the right of local self-government, unimpaired to all the States.

And is supported by Article 1, Section 29 of the Texas Constitution:

Provisions of Bill of Rights Excepted from Powers of Government; To Forever Remain Inviolate. To guard against transgressions of the high powers herein designated, we declare that everything in this (Texas) "Bill of Rights" is excepted out of the general powers of government, and shall forever remain inviolate, and all laws contrary thereto, or to the following provisions, shall be void.

WHEREAS, the citizens of Killeen Texas are greatly concerned regarding the ongoing massive influx of illegal aliens seeking unauthorized entry to the United States; and

WHEREAS, it is estimated that more than 90,000 minors will arrive in the United States during the 2014 fiscal year and an additional 145,000 illegal alien minors in 2015 fiscal year, with most expected to remain in Texas cities and communities; and

WHEREAS, the leaders of Killeen question the impact that the sudden influx of school-age illegal minors will have on our Independent School Districts' (ISD) educational funding, school resources, campus security, and health safety for our children; and 

WHEREAS, health advisories report that many illegal aliens suffering from diseases endemic in their countries of origin are being released into our communities; and 

WHEREAS, the federal government is actively seeking more locations within Texas towns and counties to accommodate the unprecedented overflow of illegal aliens and unaccompanied minors; and

WHEREAS, the increasing volume of illegal aliens is already bankrupting some cities and counties in the State of Texas by overwhelming the local medical, educational, law enforcement, and judicial systems; andWHEREAS, 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; and

WHEREAS, without a secure border Texas cities and communities cannot protect the health and safety of their citizens;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF KILLEEN, TEXAS, as follows:

Section 1. That all agencies of the City of Killeen are instructed to refuse requests or directives by federal agencies to permit or establish any facility for the purposes of processing, housing, or detaining any illegal aliens, designated as “refugee” or otherwise.

Section 2. We hereby appeal to our state legislators and elected officials for action and accountability to urgently address the continuing influx of illegal aliens across our border.

             Through State executive and legislative actions demand that the Federal government provide additional resources for new and/or existing Border Patrol checkpoints, and employ a contiguous physical barrier where strategically prudent.

             Demand the Texas State Legislature to enhance state smuggling and human trafficking laws, and provide civil liability protections for Texan landowners against criminal trespassers.

             Demand the Texas State Legislature abolish any and all state-controlled or sponsored magnets that exacerbate the problem of rampant illegal immigration, such as (but not limited to): in-state tuition subsidies, welfare benefits, and free non-emergency health care for illegal aliens.

             Require the State to perform a cost/benefit analysis of the illegal alien presence and report that cost to Texas taxpayers and state agencies.

             Pass legislation to prohibit “sanctuary cities” which restrict law enforcement from determining the immigration status of detainees after the commission of a crime within our communities.

Section 3. That civic responsibility demands that community and state leaders begin crisis planning immediately to address the unprecedented wave of foreign minor school age children that could be enrolled in Texas schools this summer; and

Section 4. That the City of Killeen, State of Texas, calls on other communities and jurisdictions to join with us in this action by passing similar Resolutions.

Section 5. That copies of this Resolution be immediately transmitted to the Governor of the State of Texas; the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives of Texas' legislature; each individual legislator that represents our City in the State of Texas; the Commissioner's Court of Bell County; and the Sheriff of Bell County.

PASSED AND APPROVED on the _______ day of ______, 2014.

Thanks,

Jonathan Okray

Councilmember At-Large


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