The bill, signed on Facebook Live, served as crushing blow to local pro-illegal immigration groups, who were quick to condemn the signing.
Austin – Governor Greg Abbot (R) signed into law, SB 4, an anti-sanctuary cities bill that would outlaw municipalities and county governments from creating legislation that would serve to protect and harbor illegal immigrants. Abbots signed the bill after clearing both chambers of the Texas Legislature four days ago, and opted to mark the occasion by signing the bill on Facebook Live, rather than a traditional signing surrounded by the press. The law is scheduled to take effect September 1, 2017.
The signing of the bill drew quick and sharp rebuke from local pro open borders group, particularly La Union del Pueblo Entero (LUPE), and Rio Grande Valley Equal Voice Network. Both groups have scheduled a joint protest against Governor Abbots signing of SB 4. Below is the call to action from their protest.
Tonight, Governor Greg Abbott signed the racist “show me your papers” SB 4 into law, targeting all brown and Black people across the state.
Tomorrow, RGV Equal Voice Network partner organizations will hold a press conference in front of the McAllen office of Department of Public Safety at 11am on Monday morning.
McAllen DPS office located at 1414 N Bicentennial Blvd, McAllen, TX 78501
The passing of SB4 also drew concerns from local Hidalgo County Sheriff, JE “Eddie” Guerra, who told KURV last week, that SB4 would prohibit he and his department from keeping communities safe, due primarily from illegal’s remaining silent on reporting crime in fear of being deported. Despite this concern being perpetuated by pro illegal immigration groups, no statistics have been provided that show illegal immigrants regularly participate in reporting crime. The bill would also penalize local law enforcement if they do not honor nor participate in the enforcement of illegal immigration laws. Penalties could include disbarment of grants, and even arrest.
Open border groups are likely to have some light remaining at the horizon. Abbot’s sanctuary city ban is likely to face similar legal hurdles as President Trump’s executive orders on travel and sanctuary cities. Ultimately, higher courts will determine whether both executive orders are constitutional, and if SB4 Texas law.