The State's Controversial Anti-Sanctuary City Law Is The Target Of Both Legislation And Protesters At The State Capitol

Chris Fox
March 15, 2019 - 1:09 pm

AUSTIN (1080 KRLD) - It was a State Capitol Day of Action for Immigrant Families. Hundreds of supporters packed the South Capitol Steps to let lawmakers know they don’t like the law passed in 2017 banning sanctuary cities. State Senator Jose Menendez was a featured speaker at the rally on the South Capitol Steps.

Menendez authored legislation to overturn the law designed to prevent police chiefs and sheriffs from stopping officers from questioning the immigration status of people they detain or arrest. Menendez told the crowd, “The SB4 of last session was a bill that was sold as a protective bill, a safety bill…a bill that does the opposite of that. It tears apart families, it creates fear, it separates us from law enforcement.”

Tarrant County State Representative Ramon Romero told the crowd that now’s the time to fight back against the anti-immigrant sentiment in Texas. “Now you all know that for the past couple of years the State has been challenging the power of our community by attacking and waging war with those of us who sometimes by no fault of their own were born here. The State has authorized the seizing of Texas property to construct border fencing.

The State has turned its eyes when the Federal Government opened massive migrant detention centers and WHAT…didn't blink an eye when reports on inhuman conditions, sexual abuse, and separations of families occurred on our land.”