Besides the ACLU’s excellent Texas travel advisory being posted on many organizations websites and advertised they have stepped up filing a lawsuit against SB 4 the “Sanctuary City” law. Earlier in the week the ACLU filed a motion on behalf of the Texas LULAC, the City of El Cenizo, and Maverick County asking a federal district court in San Antonio to fast-track a ruling on the constitutionality of SB 4.
The cities of Austin, San Antonio, Webb County’s El Cenizo and Maverick and El Paso counties have already filed legal challenges to SB 4, the “Sanctuary City” law. Now Dallas has also stepped forward and is also filing a law suit on SB 4 being unconstitutional. It’s not clear at this time if they will join Austin, San Antonio and the others I listed previously in the same law suit or pursue one of their own.
All of these cities have been forced to act immediately as Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a lawsuit in May asking that SB 4 be preemptively declared constitutional.
As I’ve stated before SB 4 is a law that would allow racial profiling of people of color in Texas. This “Sanctuary City” law has already caused Organizations as well as private citizens to cancel their conventions and vacations to Texas. It has also caused many performers, comedians, musicians, bands and other groups to cancel concerts and performances in Texas. But beyond this is the impending damage and undue force this puts on our local police, sheriffs and highway patrol officers to also do the job of ICE enforcement. SB 4 would punish police chiefs, sheriffs and elected officials who don’t cooperate with federal immigration agents by turning over immigrants subject to possible deportation. Senate Bill 4 will outlaw “Sanctuary Cities” by requiring local police to cooperate with federal immigration authorities and allowing police to inquire about the immigration status of people they lawfully detain. Under SB 4, local authorities are banned from adopting policies that prevent an officer of the law from asking about a person’s immigration status.
Sheriffs, constables, police chiefs and other local leaders can be hit with a Class A misdemeanor, and possibly jail time, if they fail to cooperate with federal immigration authorities by honoring requests to hold inmates who are subject to deportation. They also could face civil penalties: $1,000 for a first offense and up to $25,500 for subsequent infractions. These penalties will also apply to public college campus police.link With this law in place why would anyone want to become an officer of the law or supervisor that might lose their job, serve jail time or be fined up to $25,500 for not enforcing SB 4 down to the smallest detail.
I do have faith that this discriminatory law will be declared unconstitutional. Our delusional Governor Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick seriously believe this will not have serious financial consequences on businesses, cities and counties across the state. Governor Abbott, just like Donald Trump, has become a tyrant and dictator pushing his agenda to cut Planned Parenthood funding, force “Religious Exemption” laws on adoptions and child welfare-foster parents allowing Christians to turn away LGBTQ, single parents, Muslims, Jews and other religions and is still trying to force a “Bathroom Bill” in the special session starting on July 18th.
If I didn’t live in Texas would I plan a vacation or convention for my organization with the “Sanctuary City” law taking effect September 1st? Absolutely not! Abbott and his ilk must be forced out of office in the 2018 midterms and replaced by Democrats. This is going to demand much work and we are all going to have to come together as the “Resistance” immediately. These atrocious discriminatory laws must be stopped. We cannot afford to keep going backwards. It is now like we’re living in the 1950’s.