I ran across this article than ran in the Chron on Sunday, and it reminded me that I had wanted to put together a time line of the research I have done on this subject.
First, there was a meeting in Farmers Branch, reported on here (I orginally linked here), and during which Tim O’Hare set out his points for ways to improve Farmers Branch. The meeting took place in April, 2006. He did not mention immigrants of any status in his suggestions.
Then there’s this blog entry from Angel Reyes, an attorney with whom Tim O’Hare met. (The orginal link is in the same blog post as above.) While it’s dated November 17, 2006, Reyes states that he met with O’Hare “in the not-so-distant past” about taking some cases. During that discussion, O’Hare stated his ambitions: after city council, run for mayor, and then when his term was up, he’d be “the ‘go to guy'” in Farmers Branch. O’Hare said nothing about immigration at that time, and Reyes noted that most of the case concerned people with Hispanic sirnames and that O’Hare’s lawfirm advertised that Spanish speakers were welcome.
Then last summer, the mayor of Haelton, PA was all over the news with his proposed ordinance called Illegal Immigration Relief Act. The Farmers Branch ordinance, offered in November, 2006 , is very similar to the one in Hazelton. I wonder why?
I have several posts in my Immigration category about things that have happened since. I find it remarkable that O’Hare still claims, after being debunked over and over again (here’s just one of many), that immigration is related to property values or crime.
Tim O’Hare is your typical hypocritical conservative. I’m so tired of them.