SB 4, the Sanctuary Cities Bill which targets our immigrant community is law in Texas and is currently in the courts to determine if it can pass constitutional muster. This process could be lengthy. If you are elected what would be your strategy to deal with this complex issue?
Response Received by 8 Dec
First and foremost, I will be introducing or supporting legislation to repeal SB4.
Overall, I do not find this law to be complex. Deporting hardworking people who support and enhance our communities is just not a goal we should be reaching for. As has been repeatedly stated by our law enforcement, our pillars of commerce, and the very fabric of our communities, this racist, unenforceable law is bad for Texas. The idea that local authorities were not already notifying ICE when they detained an undocumented immigrant is false, this bill would force our police officers to do the job of immigration authorities instead of policing their communities as intended, this bill would cause Texas to lose untold amounts of business, this bill would directly cost Texas huge sums of money just to execute it, and this bill would almost entirely rely on racial profiling to function. No part of this bill is usable, helpful, or beneficial to any Texan, no matter what side of the aisle you’re on.
We had some late nights at the Fort Worth City Council this August and it was absolutely moving to witness the outpouring of people who came to testify in support of Fort Worth joining the lawsuit against this bad legislation. As we know, despite our best efforts and the huge amount of work put into this movement by Councilman Carlos Flores, United Fort Worth, and other community leaders, we did not get the outcome we hoped for. And while we are fortunate to have the injunction we do now, this bill should be removed from the books, plain and simple. It serves no beneficial purpose, and will only hurt Texas.
Response Received: 10 Dec
About a week ago I had lunch with an Hispanic business owner who owns medium to large size business in Dallas. We discussed a number of issues important to his business, including Senate Bill 4. I knew many job creators were opposed to SB4 when it was proposed, and they were right to stand up in opposition. The businessman from Dallas said that SB4, just months after passage, was already wreaking havoc on his business. At the same lunch, another Hispanic man told me he doesn’t leave his home without his passport for fear of being pulled over because of his race. There were many legitimate fears when SB4 passed, and all of our fears are becoming reality.
I opposed SB4, and I still do, because I care deeply about the safety, security and well being of our state. Our first job as a state is to make sure Texas families are safe. Local law enforcement leaders across our state made clear SB4 would endanger public safety. The police chiefs of Fort Worth and Arlington signaled that they strongly opposed SB4 when they joined with police chiefs of numerous other large cities across Texas in signing a letter urging lawmakers to rethink the flawed bill. Unfortunately, lawmakers in Austin closed the door on our law enforcement leaders and put a narrow ideology ahead of the safety of Texas families.
According to D Magazine, there are over 70,000 Latino-owned businesses in North Texas which generate $10.7 billion in annual revenue. Bills like SB4 which are blatant attacks on Texas’ Latino community do nothing but discourage Latino Texans from opening businesses that create good jobs for Texas families.
Our communities are safer, they are stronger and they reflect our moral values when we bring citizens together rather than tear them apart. SB4 tears Texas families apart, hurts our economy and makes Texans less safe. It’s time to replace this flawed law.