Rosenberg Police Chief says
identification has nothing to do with legality of aliens
Rosenberg Police Chief Robert Gracia says he has been
getting some calls from concerned citizens since the city
agreed to accept the Matriculas Identification card for
Mexican Nationals driving through or living in the city.
Some people think by voting to accept the
card as a valid form of ID, the city is condoning or perhaps
encouraging the proliferation of illegal aliens in the
community. Gracia says that is not the case. Accepting the
identification is “nothing more than recognizing a valid
form of identification just like a Texas driver’s license is
recognized by Mexico. It has nothing to do with their legal
status,” Gracia said.
In actuality, accepting the card will
probably help police. In a recent meeting, the Consulate of
Mexico office in Houston, said the idea of accepting the
card was proposed by Mexican Consul General Carlos Gonzales.
Gonzales explained that anyone applying for the card has to
present a birth certificate and another form of
identification and a background check is performed as well.
This will help officers investigating a person for a crime
or helping to locate relatives if a person carrying one of
these cards is involved in an accident or is the victim of a
So, now I have explained what Chief
Gracia feels the public needs to know. I hope this helps.
American Idol tryouts?
I thought the nationally syndicated
American Idol competition was being held at the Fort Bend
County courthouse last week. Having just returned from the
Extreme Home Makeover shoot in East Bernard, I heard there
was a lot of singing going on at the Travis Building in
When this whole fiasco with district
clerk Glory Hopkins started, I got a few calls about the
situation from some of the county officials, who will go
unnamed for obvious reasons. One of those contacts said a
certain element among the courthouse bunch was singing
because Hopkins’ name wasn’t going to be on the ballot.
Being the realist that I am, I jokingly said that it wasn’t
over until “the fat lady sings” knowing full well a legal
battle would be forthcoming. Well, it was and Hopkins played
out her cards in the court system.
When the first denial of Hopkins’ writ of
mandamus was publicized, the courthouse was silent. When the
second denial was publicized, the same people said they were
now “humming softly.” Well, last week when the Texas Supreme
Court declined to hear the case, in essence denying Hopkins’
final appeal, there was noise, lots of noise coming from the
courthouse. I asked if the American Idol tryouts were being
held there and one of my many “sources” said “No, we are
singing. We are singing off key joyfully and loudly.”
I’ve always said politics, politicians
and the political “beat” were entertaining. I guess this
A pat on the back
for Andy Meyers
I have to hand it to Precinct 3
Commissioner Andy Meyers. He did what was unpopular but
obviously has some merit. Now I’m not saying Andy will make
a lot of friends over his latest research, but he did take
the time and effort to look into the Public Disclosure law
and now it appears not only will the county judge, four
commissioners and the county purchasing agent be required to
fill out paperwork disclosing any financial ties to county
vendors, but so will the rest of the elected officials in
That is, if the powers that be in the
courthouse determine that the law was meant for everyone, no
matter how convoluted, complicated and nonsensical it is.
Andy says he does not agree with the way the law was
written and the requirements associated with it, especially
pertaining to the vendors having to report any relative of
an elected official in their employ, but he still believes
that everyone should follow the law. I applaud him for
researching the law and bringing it back to court even
though I am sure he anticipated a flogging by other elected
officials. He is really ruining that warm and fuzzy image he
has worked so hard to create!