It Doesn’t Count If You Don’t Count
The newest addition to the list of “reasons” that the Governor’s Executive Order and various legislative initiatives on illegal immigration should not be undertaken is that the actual number of undocumented immigrants in the state is unknown. Mr. Jaime Aguayo of the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Hispanic Affairs made such an argument yesterday morning on WHJJ‘s Helen Glover Show. He further repeated his statement from the press conference Friday that he and other members of that advisory commission would step down if the Governor did not continue to meet with them on this issue.
Inasmuch as no one contends that the number of undocumented immigrants in the state is zero, the limited measures outlined by the Governor’s Executive Order would seem reasonable in all senses of the word. Setting that aside for a moment, however, a suggestion and a question pose themselves from Mr. Aguayo’s remarks this morning.
Press conferences are fun but facts are more substantive and a better addition to any conversation. It would seem to be both productive and in keeping with the nature of an advisory commission for the Advisory Commission on Hispanic Affairs to assemble and bring forward some data on the question which a member of the Commission himself raised; namely, the number of undocumented immigrants present in the state.
And the question raised is actually for everyone who believes that no action should be taken on the state level until the presence of undocumented immigrants in the state is specifically quantified. At what number, below what threshold should the Governor’s Executive Order not be implemented and new laws not be passed?