The black helicopters are circling this session, especially around the tin-foil bedecked head of one T.E.A. Party Republican, Rep. David Howard, who (mis)represents the voters of the Park City Montana area, House District 60.
Howard bills always draw the craziest supporting testimony, and House Bill 274 which was heard on Jan 27 in the House Judiciary Committee, is no exception.
In fact, check out the video below, in which a supporter of this David Howard bill makes one of the most outlandish claims heard in the Montana legislature to date, and in this session, that’s really saying something.
Rep. Howard’s bill would encourage the harassment of anyone that appears to be something other than Caucasian (read Indians) by encouraging Montanans to file complaints about anyone they believe could be an immigrant working without documentation. Every single complaint would have to be investigated by the state, even those based purely on race, appearance, and language. After a complaint is filed, businesses would have to defend themselves in an administrative tribunal. (No word on who would be running the shop on their absence.)
This bill would even allow complaints to be filed based on rumor and speculation. People of color, those who do not speak English, or anyone who “appears” to be foreign will be harmed. (The fact is, most illegal immigrants in Montana are Canadians, but hey, whatever.) This would probably lead to harassment of Indians by mouthbreathers, though Indians are the least foreign of anyone in Montana, as they were obviously here first.
The bill also requires every business in the state to sign up for a national database to track citizens. The system has high error rates and incident testing has shown significant employer abuses, according to opponents of the bill. Just the kind of thing Montanans (don’t) love.
The video above is an excerpt of a Youtube video originally created by Helena, MT attorney Shahid Haque-Hausrath, of the Border Crossing Law Firm, P.C. Thanks to Mr. Haque-Hausrath for creating the video to help expose the racist testimony and legislation being proposed in the Montana legislature. You’ll want to watch the full video here, which has lots of crazy, ignorant and racist testimony. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=teqRzK…