An immigration enforcement advocacy organization contends it is an outrage that local police in North Texas do not appear to have a problem with a group of Dallas area churches issuing photo identification cards to illegal aliens.
A group known as Dallas Area Interfaith announced that hundreds of cards have already been handed out, and thousands more applicants are currently waiting to be issued their new IDs.
And the Dallas, Carrollton and Farmers Branch police departments confirmed that they are accepting the church cards in lieu of a state-issued ID.
Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) spokesman Ira Mehlman insists that the pro-immigration policy just goes too far.
"And there's the outrage – the churches can do anything they want, but the local governments do not have to accept them,” Mehlman argued. “You know, I suppose [the] next time I'm in Dallas and I get stopped by a cop for some reason, I'm just going to show him my gym membership ID card, and that should be the end of it."
The immigration expert also pointed out that the special church dispensations and their acceptance by police appear to be at odds with state statutes.
"Obviously, these churches believe that they are doing God's work, but that's their interpretation of God's will,” Mehlman continued. “They can't go around imposing it on the American public. They're entitled to their opinions, [and] they're entitled to their religious beliefs, but they are still subject to the laws of the United States, and they need to be held accountable."
Mehlman stressed that Texas's anti-sanctuary law – Senate Bill 4 – prohibits local government agencies from adopting policies that "materially limit the enforcement of immigration laws."