SB4 – Fears and Facts

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Addressing Fear

Many Hispanics dread being stopped by police officers for fear of being profiled. SB 1074 specifically outlaws racial profiling. Read the full text: 2012 Texas Law on Racial Profiling

Specific to law enforcement officers: Art. 2.131. RACIAL PROFILING PROHIBITED. A peace officer may not engage in racial profiling.

Does racial profiling happen? Indeed, it does. Why? My best answer: human nature.

Unjust and unlawful profiling by some police officers affects people of all skin colors and all ages.

The vast majority of law enforcement officers are good citizens. They are not superhumans. Some – a few – are incarcerated in Texas prisons for murder, sex crimes, and other felonies. Some, thinking they are doing us all a favor, willfully disregard the prohibition against racial profiling.

I appreciate the fear. Over six decades of operating motor vehicles, a few police officers have unjustly stopped me on the pretext of alleged traffic violations. After checking my identity against lists of wanted persons, I’ve gone on my way without a ticket. An obvious conclusion is the officers profiled me because my vehicle or appearance closely matched another person.

Twice in my life, loaded handguns have been pointed my way.

The first time, it was when an angry Native American man in Minneapolis threatened to blow my brains out. He expressed his anger toward all white people. Obviously, he didn’t pull the trigger and this is a story for another day.

The second time, a police officer right here in Rockwall pulled his handgun on me in an attempt to cower me into giving him permission to search my place of business in downtown Rockwall. The rest of this story will also be for another time.

Born and raised in South Texas, I also knew Hispanics that were grossly mistreated by cops.

The fear of profiling is rational, if not necessarily realistic. Supporters of SB4 should respect the fear. Gun owners also have stories, well-documented stories, on incidences of unlawful profiling by police officers. I’ve been profiled by ICE solely because my name is one of 12,669 John Whites in this country.

Deleterious Dichotomy

On August 30, 2017, Orlando L. Garcia of United States District Court for the Western District of Texas in San Antonio, an activist federal judge, issued a temporary injunction to pause enforcement of the law. NY Times: Federal Judge Blocks Texas’ Ban on ‘Sanctuary Cities’. (Grammarians will see right away the irony of the article’s title.)

Of note is the parallel between so-called sanctuary cities in Texas whose leaders claim to uphold civil rights and the hostile, un-civil behavior of local law enforcement in those cities toward lawful gun owners. For the record, the arrest and conviction rate of licensed Texas gun owners is less than the rate for law enforcement officers. It’s not a huge difference, but one that should teach uncivil chiefs of police like Art Acevedo (Houston), Brian Manley (Austin), and Dr. Joel Fitzgerald (Fort Worth) that their irrational profiling of gun owners actually violates state law.

The Bottom Line

The stated, legislated object of SB4 is to get criminals off the streets and into the hands of ICE.  As all law enforcement officers in Rockwall County have publicly stated, undocumented immigrants can freely report crimes without fear of deportation.

Action

  • LEARN – Know the law.
  • RESPECT – Be respectful of the opinions of SB4 opponents.
  • LISTEN – Dignify opponents of SB4 by listening with an intent to understand them.
  • SPEAK – Contact your State Senator and your Representative in the Texas Legislature to express your view of SB4.
  • PEACE – Be a peacemaker. Don’t set up lines of confrontation. Reason flies out the window when confrontation displaces peaceful debate.

God blesses those who work for peace, for they will be called the children of God.
Matthew 5:9

  • PRAY – The Bible says we are to pray FOR, not AGAINST, all who are in authority.

Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity.
1 Timothy 2:2

John White
Rockwall, Texas

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President Trump pardons former Sheriff Joe Arpaio and the liberals go nuts

President Trump pardoned former Sheriff Joe Arpaio. For what crime was he pardoned?

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United States District Judge Susan R. Bolton sentenced sheriff Joe Arpaio to prison for contempt of court. She ordered him to cease reporting illegal aliens to ICE. Yes, she ordered him to violate federal law – a federal judge orders a state sheriff to violate federal law. That was his so-called crime.

This morning I read via Twitter John McCain condemned President Trump’s pardon of Arpaio. Sen. McCain accused President Trump of not following the Rule of Law.

For the point of law, let’s understand what the president did. He followed Article 2, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution which states, “The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several States…shall have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offences against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment.”

The Constitution empowers the president to pardon anyone, anytime, for any reason except impeachment. Period. Precedent? How about President Bill Clinton’s pardon of a criminal fugitive Marc Rich.

It is John McCain and a rogue federal judge who do not follow the rule of law.

Now you know the rest of the story.

John White
Rockwall, Texas

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Texas Law SB4 Aligns with Existing Federal Law

 

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TX Sanctuary Cities: San Antonio, Houston, Austin, Dallas

 

The purpose of SB4 is to prevent local Texas governments, so-called sanctuary cities, from shielding illegal aliens who have committed criminal acts against persons or property. In effect, sanctuary cities harbor – this is the operative word – such criminal aliens.

Existing Federal Law

I refer you to the U.S. Department of Justice criminal resource manual available on line. Specifically: 1907. Title 8, U.S.C. 1324(a) Offenses.

Introduction to the Law

Title 8, U.S.C. § 1324(a) defines several distinct offenses related to aliens. Subsection 1324(a)(1)(i)-(v) prohibits alien smuggling, domestic transportation of unauthorized aliens, concealing or harboring unauthorized aliens, encouraging or inducing unauthorized aliens to enter the United States, and engaging in a conspiracy or aiding and abetting any of the preceding acts. Subsection 1324(a)(2) prohibits bringing or attempting to bring unauthorized aliens to the United States in any manner whatsoever, even at a designated port of entry. Subsection 1324(a)(3).

Unlawful Harboring of Criminal Aliens

Harboring — Subsection 1324(a)(1)(A)(iii) makes it an offense for any person who — knowing or in reckless disregard of the fact that an alien has come to, entered, or remains in the United States in violation of law, conceals harbors, or shields from detection, or attempts to conceal, harbor, or shield from detection, such alien in any place, including any building or any means of transportation.

Penalties

Penalties — … With regard to violations of 8 U.S.C. § 1324(a)(1)(ii)-(iv) and (v)(ii), domestic transportation, harboring, encouraging/inducing, or aiding/abetting, the basic statutory maximum term of imprisonment is 5 years…

Therefore, the law enforcement and city administrators of any municipality acting as a sanctuary city are in violation of federal law, subject to criminal prosecution and imprisonment of up to five years.

Texas law specifically targets sanctuary cities that do not report aliens detained for local offenses against persons or property. SB4 is not a broad sweep of all illegal aliens, just those DETAINED by local authorities who refuse to transmit arrest reports to ICE.

SB4 becomes effective on September 1, 2017.

John White
Rockwall, Texas

Diversity – I don’t think this word means what you think it means

E Pluribus Unum – National Motto adopted 1776

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Latin: Out of many, one

Diversity – Politically-Correct Term

A reasonable translation of diversity is ‘many out of one’.

One synonym for diversity is difference. Compare with an antonym for unity: difference.

Many out of one is the antithesis of out of many, one.

Power Shift

A fundamental principle of democracy is majority rule. The diversity phenomenon deconstructs this vital principle as it shifts power from the majority to one or more minority groups.

Forgotten History – Revisionism at Work

Proponents of diversity reach back into history to say we (implying contemporary white people) murdered millions of Native Americans. These same historical revisionists say that we white people of today who live prosperous lives got to this point on the backs of slaves.

Is it helpful to know it was white Christians who ENDED slavery in America? All the while, why do we conveniently forget that it was Muslim slave traders who sold west Africans to the slave business owners? Yes, Muslims put them into slavery; Christians brought them out.

Is it helpful to know native Americans routinely conquered neighboring native American lands and killed the former owners?

Divine Truth

Of even greater importance are the Biblical truths upon which America became the greatest nation in all history. What Biblical truths?

“‘What?’ you ask. ‘Doesn’t the child pay for the parent’s sins?’ No! For if the child does what is just and right and keeps my decrees, that child will surely live. The person who sins is the one who will die. The child will not be punished for the parent’s sins, and the parent will not be punished for the child’s sins. Righteous people will be rewarded for their own righteous behavior, and wicked people will be punished for their own wickedness.” Ezequiel 18:19-20

Regardless the sins of my parents and grandparents, I am not responsible for their sins. I owe no one an apology for what sins of commission or omission God may lay to their accounts.

Furthermore, Native Americans of today, descendants of their forefathers who may have been mistreated by my own ancestors, have no claim on my property for reparations.

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Bill Hybels and T. D. Jakes appear to ignore the principle of forgiveness. One who does not forgive the sins of others himself will not be forgiven by God.

Unity of purpose is essential to our survival as a nation. The diversity movement is a tool of leftists who despise all America stands for.

John White
Rockwall, Texas

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When is lawful for a Texas cop to ask for your ID?

Every so often self-anointed legal experts regurgitate myths – aka misinformation – about police encounters and your personal ID.

Read the law from TEXAS PENAL CODE, TITLE 8. OFFENSES AGAINST PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION, CHAPTER 38. OBSTRUCTING GOVERNMENTAL OPREATION, Sec. 38.02. FAILURE TO IDENTIFY

Key words to remember:old id photo

  • LAWFULLY
  • DETAINED
  • ARRESTED
  • OBSTRUCTION

If a police officer DETAINS you for a traffic violation and you refuse to identify yourself you will be charged with OBSTRUCTION and most likely hauled off to the nearest jail.

Read the law. Know the law. Obey the law.

If you believe the law is unjust, take it up with your state senator and your state representative for action in the next Texas Legislature.

If you argue with the cop at any point prior to adequately identifying yourself, you will most likely be charged with OBSTRUCTION.

Let’s say the police officer stopped you for suspicion of drunk driving and you were not drunk. You may become argumentative (uncooperative) at the injustice. At this point, there will be two charges: DWI or DUI plus Obstruction. You get the blood test that clearly proves you were not legally drunk or high on drugs. The DWI or DUI charge will be dropped, but the Obstruction will remain.

Are all cops out to get you? No, only some members of all police departments have people who are hell bent on making arrests. Most are good folks with families, just like you. Treat them respectfully. Obey their orders. If the cop misbehaves, usually everything said or done will be recorded and retrievable for a small fee. That video and/or audio can then be used to prosecute the cop.

You will reap what you sow. If you sow disrespect toward a policeman, expect to reap in kind. If you want respect, show respect. – John White

My advice: If there is a fault in the detention or arrest, let the cop be the bad guy. If you also misbehave, a jury will ALWAYS side with the arresting officer. If only the cop misbehaves, the jury or the prosecutor can make a clear distinction and right the wrong.

John White
Rockwall, Texas

The Founders cited 27 causes for separation and taxation wasn’t number one. You didn’t know?

The Founders cited 27 causes for separation and taxation wasn’t number one. You didn’t know?

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Taxation without representation was way down the list, number 17, to be precise. This cause was certainly important, but not the greatest provocation to rebellion.

What was the number one reason cited by the founders to “to dissolve the political bands” with Great Britain?

Answer: King George did not follow the Rule of Law.

Grievance No. 1: “He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.”

Instead of following Common Law, King George, speaking metaphorically, used his pen and his telephone to create law out of thin air.

What was the second in importance grievance that moved us to rebellion?

Grievance No. 2: “He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.”

The federal judiciary has been overstepping its constitutional jurisdiction to impose immoral and illegal constraints on the fifty states as it also has been creating law out of thin air. It’s called ‘case law’, but I challenge the reader to find the term anywhere in the U.S. Constitution Articles and Amendments.

On this solemn 241st anniversary of the birth of our nation, we find ourselves once again resetting the role of federal government.

Will there be bloodshed? In case you haven’t noticed, blood is flowing in the streets of our major cities now.

Proponents of Sharia Law challenge constitutional law.

Americans, sensible to the perils of lawlessness and out-of-control federal government, are buying firearms and ammunition at a breathtaking pace.

But, God has answered the prayers of his people. We are at a turning point. If We the People who wish to make America great again turn to God and repent of our collective and individual sins, God will preserve us.

We cannot and will not make America great again solely through political acts. Renewal of our nation of necessity will be a consequence of our people yielding to the Grace of God.

John White

Rockwall, Texas

Call Your TX State Representatives and Tell Them to Call for HB-2899 to Come to the Floor for a Vote

Pastor Robert Morris of Gateway Church appeals to you to call your state representatives to bring HB-2899 to the floor of the House for a vote.


A local Democrat leader remarked that this bill is “stupid”. So, it’s stupid to protect one’s vulnerable women and children? I would say to welcome men into the private dressing areas and restrooms reserved for women is stupid.

Texas House Speaker Joe Straus isn’t stupid, but he is inclined to vote with Democrats on such matters, despite the fact he votes Republican in the primary races.

Thank you for standing for women and children and against an insidious political movement to erase traditional distinctions between males and females.

John White
Rockwall, Texas