National Citizens Neighborhood Watch - Securing the American Border
. Mission: To secure United States borders and coastal boundaries against
unlawful and unauthorized entry of all individuals, contraband, and foreign military.
Border Watch
MM Memorial
Photo Gallery
Sign Petition
Fax Congress
Contact Us
About Us
Press Releases
Minuteman Pledge
Partners Page
National Ads
Links Page
Links To Us

Dallas Mayor Leppert says illegal immigration should be left to federal authorities

The Dallas Morning News

Illegal immigration continues to rank among the nation's most contentious issues, but Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert said it should remain just that – a national issue.

That's why he said he had no interest in discussing illegal immigration with Mexican President Felipe Calderón during a private meeting Tuesday in Dallas.

"It's not part of our discussion," Mr. Leppert said. "We're focused on the same issues, like trade, that we talked about when I went to Mexico earlier this year."

Mr. Leppert greeted the Mexican president upon his arrival in Dallas, where Mr. Calderón met with high-level local business leaders.

Mr. Leppert, both as mayoral candidate and as mayor, has consistently contended that illegal immigration isn't Dallas City Hall's issue to address.

While officials in suburbs such as Farmers Branch and Irving have pursued municipal laws targeting illegal immigrants, Dallas officials have not.

"It's a federal issue that should be dealt with on a federal basis," he said in April 2007, two months before voters elected him mayor.

In a January visit to Mexico City, he said, "It's certainly the wrong way to go, having municipalities determine federal policies."

Mr. Leppert reiterated that stance this week, saying he's regularly urged Dallas-area congressional representatives to overhaul federal laws.

Mr. Leppert supports creating a municipal office focused on assimilating legal immigrants in Dallas, regardless of their national origin.

But the City Council did not fund that office in its current budget.

He also said he'll continue to press strengthening trade ties with Mexico, particularly those that benefit Dallas' inland port project along the city's southeastern-most tip.

During his January trip to Mexico, he pitched Dallas as a tourist destination for Mexicans – one filled with cultural and shopping amenities, and plenty of direct flights.

Texas Contact Info

Texas State Director
Clark Kirby


Spanish Language Media Liaison
Mrs. Rachel Kownslar

email: rachelkownslar@att.net

 Minuteman Civil Defense Corps Project and MinutemanHQ.com are projects of Declaration Alliance (DA) -- a public policy and issues advocacy organization
that aggressively addresses the intensifying assaults that the American Republic continues to endure at home, and abroad.
Declaration Alliance is a 501(c)(4) not-for-profit, tax exempt organization.

Site Viewed