St. Louis Republican leader Ed Martin passed on this information about a controversial appointment by new Democratic Missouri Governor Jay Nixon. The new governor appointed Linda Martinez to head economic devellopment in the state. Martinez has a very contrversial record on immigration.
KY3 Blog, in Springfield, MO, reported this on Wednesday, January 28, 2009:
Lembke Wants Martinez To Answer Immigration Questions
New St. Louis State Senator Jim Lembke has sent a letter to Governor Jay Nixon’s nominee to head Economic Development, asking her to outline her views on immigration before she’s confirmed.
Lembke’s letter to Economic Development nominee Linda Martinez states he has “a few questions regarding the correlation between job protection and illegal immigration.”
These are the four listed in Lembke’s letter:
** Over the last two years, the Legislature has worked on measures to curb the proliferation of illegal immigration in Missouri. How will you work with the legislature to see that illegal immigration is curbed in Missouri?
** Do you think Missouri has the constitutional authority to enact any laws regarding undocumented workers/illegal aliens? If so give an example.
** How would you protect the prevailing wage from being devalued by undocumented workers?
** Do you believe state-funded welfare benefits should be available to illegal immigrants?
Some conservatives are upset/energized over Martinez’s previous comments about illegal immigration that she made during appearance on Lou Dobbs’ CNN program back in 2006. At that time, Martinez, a St. Louis attorney, represented opponents of an ordinance designed to prevent landlords from renting to illegal immigrants.
During her CNN appearance, Martinez said local ordinances should not be able to address the issue. “The power to control immigration issues is addressed by the Constitution and delegated solely to the federal government. It’s not to be administered on a local basis by cities and states. It’s supposed to be mandated on a national basis — a consistent national policy so there’s not a patchwork of ordinances,” Martinez said.
Read the rest of the transcript from her appearance HERE.
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Ed Martin, President of Missourians for Immigration Law Enforcement (MILE) sent this statement late last night from Phyllis Schlafly on the Democratic Governor’s decision to appoint Martinez:
Phyllis Schlafly, Founder and President of the Eagle Forum, said today:
“I am deeply concerned about Missouri Governor Jay Nixon’s appointee Linda Martinez because of her support and advocacy for illegal immigration. The Missouri State Senate should thoroughly examine Linda Martinez’s troubling record of opposing state and local laws enacted to fight illegal immigration. In particular, I am concerned about Linda Martinez’s attempts to challenge Valley Park’s commonsense laws that addressed the illegal immigration problem facing small towns across America. Linda Martinez failed to make her case, losing to Professor Kris Kobach, a nationally respected immigration and constitutional law scholar. Eagle Forum is joining forces with Missourians Against Illegal Immigration and Missourians for Immigration Law Enforcement to challenge Governor Nixon’s appointment of Linda Martinez.”