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First call to action: Sanctuary cities

Stace sounds the alarm.

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Republicans have set a hearing to debate and railroad through committee SB 185, a sanctuary cities bill which will allow local and state law enforcement to participate in immigration duties through the practice of racial profiling (frankly, I can’t see how racially profiling Latinos will not happen). Here’s the committee hearing info:

SENATE

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

COMMITTEE: Veteran Affairs & Military Installations-S/C Border Security

TIME & DATE: 8:00 AM, Monday, March 09, 2015

PLACE: 2E.20 (Betty King Cmte. Rm.)

CHAIR: Senator Brian Birdwell

The Subcommittee will consider the following:

Relating to the enforcement of state and federal laws governing immigration by certain governmental entities.

One can read the bill here. And the bill analysis is here.

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The law will punish local governments who do not participate in legalized racial profiling by not providing any grant funds the state may give. It all allows citizens to file complaints through the Texas AGs office to punish local governments, too. And even file frivolous lawsuits.

It’s another attack on local control, only in reverse, as this time it aims to compel cities to do something they don’t want to do. As an email from Sen. Sylvia Garcia reminded me, the same version of this bill that had been filed in 2011 was opposed by law enforcement, business groups, faith based groups, education advocates, civil rights and immigration law experts. If you can be there, please show up and register your opposition. If not, please call your Senator and ask him or her to vote against this bad bill. Thanks.

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