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Commentary talked about this during the 2015 city elections. I am talking about the City of H-Town issuing city ID cards to folks including those without papers. My thing was the security thing. You put all the names and addresses of folks in a city database and then the anti-paperless folks crowd gets the list through an open records request and voila, they now know where all the paperless folks live. Dumb idea. I think I said last year that this hasn’t been properly thought out by those proposing this idea and those candidates that supported.

Plus, a municipality that goes forward with this invites a debate on the sanctuary city thing. Here is from the Trib on the City of El Paso grappling with this:

An El Paso-based immigrant rights group could see its hopes for a municipal ID card dashed after leaders there determined that issuing the card might prompt immigration hardliners to label the town a “sanctuary city.”

In 2014, the El Paso-based Border Network for Human Rights launched a petition drive asking the city council to consider creating a standardized ID card available to city residents. The card would not reflect a person’s legal status in the country but could be used as proof of residency by undocumented immigrants waiting to apply for President Obama’s executive action on immigration, which is stalled in the courts.  

The ID could also be used to open bank accounts, protect day laborers and other workers paid day-to-day from predatory check-cashing agencies that charge high fees and be used to access city services like libraries and emergency care, proponents argue. 

Oakland and San Francisco issue similar cards, and the petition to launch them in El Paso garnered more than 10,000 signatures.

But an analysis of the program released by the city reflected leaders’ concerns over what, if any, reprisals could come from state and federal leaders who oppose sanctuary cities, the common term for municipal governments that don’t enforce federal immigration laws.

Here is the entire Trib story: https://www.texastribune.org/2016/04/07/sanctuary-city-fears-could-thwart-municipal-id-pro/.

I don’t think this is going anywhere soon here in H-Town.

Collin McHugh lasted a third of an inning last night at Yankee Stadium after giving up five earned runs. Care to guess his ERA?

Back in January, Sen. Ted Cruz probably thought he was scoring some points by going after “New York values.” I am sure the April 19 New York primary wasn’t on his mind back then. Now he got a big front page “FU” from one of the NY dailies. Plus, Donald Trump is hanging the values take around his neck and Cruz is having to defend it and walk it back. It is so uncharacteristic of Cruz and Commentary loves it!

The Chron has a story today about the HISD Board of Trustees suspending their chief auditor. The board president said the suspension had “nothing to do with sex or anything of that nature. And they’re alleged, so I don’t want to get into what the allegations are until the investigation is over.” OK! Got it! Stay tuned!

My pal, Jeff Balke of the Houston Press, has a take on places to hang before the first pitch on Opening Day next Monday including a favorite of mine. Here it is:

Christian’s Tailgate (Downtown): One of the best burger joints in town is also one of its coolest sports bars. The original location on Interstate 10 and Washington may have the history, but the downtown location has a great atmosphere, plenty of big screens and those incredible signature burgers.

Here is the entire Balke take: http://www.houstonpress.com/news/the-8-best-places-to-hang-out-near-the-ballpark-on-opening-day-8302719.

Collin McHugh’s ERA is 135.00 of course – yikes!

You can’t say anything good about getting our arses whupped last night by a 16-6 score. The SpingerDinger grand salami and the two Carlos Correa dingers weren’t enough to make it close. Let’s hope we can win the series this afternoon.

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