HENDERSON, TX (KLTV) -
The Rusk County Commissioners Court passed an immigration resolution Tuesday.
The commissioners voted against housing, providing medical care or educating illegal immigrants. Rusk is the first county in East Texas to adopt such a resolution; it is not a law.
Smith County chose not to pass a similar resolution last week. Judge Baker said his court has no authority to deny cooperation with the federal government and that there have been no notifications from the federal government inquiring about local facilities for immigrant housing.
In a post to his Facebook page, Judge Baker further explained that education isn't a duty of county government. He said the county isn't a direct provider of medical services and while the county has a duty to meet indigent healthcare needs, the screening policy currently requires proof of U.S. citizenship.