If Metro Council member Jim Gotto gets his way, non-citizen immigrants walking the streets of Nashville will soon be required to wear “some distinctive logo or patch (to be determined) on their clothing and vehicles in a visible manner.”
Gotto is already pressing forward on a largely symbolic bill that would ban employers from hiring and landlords from renting to illegal immigrants, but he says the “distinctive logo” idea would bring the reality of the numbers of illegal immigrants to everyone’s attention.
“I just think that when you’re walking around, or on the road, or picking a restaurant, it can help you make decisions,” he says. “If a lady is home alone and somebody is knocking at her door, it would help her know what to do if she could clearly see the illegal immigrant logo on his shirt.”
Gotto says he hasn’t decided on what the best illegal alien identifying logo should be. “I just want it to be visible and distinctive,” he says. “I thought scarlet ‘A’ for ‘alien’ might be good, but I’ve also heard suggestions that a pink triangle or a yellow star might work. Somebody also said a scarlet taco might be good, but that might look too much like the Chili’s logo.”
Council member Eric Crafton, who has also been active in pushing local government into getting involved in federal immigration policy, is reportedly looking into the feasibility of fencing off sections of Nolensville Road.
“We could wall off Nolensville between I-440 and Harding Place, and require that people prove their citizenship to move in and out of that zone,” Crafton, the Bellevue-area representative, says. “That’s not discrimination at all,” he adds. “Anyone whose papers are in order can move around just fine—just like in Berlin during the Cold War. We could have Metro-manned checkpoints in and out, and I think everyone would feel safer and more free.”