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Tell Texas lawmakers and Gov. Abbott: Keep families together and immigrant students in school. Block S.B. 4.

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The petition to Texas lawmakers and Gov. Greg Abbott reads:

“Immigrant families and students deserve to feel safe in their homes, their schools, and in the state they call home. Local and campus police should not act as federal immigration agents. I urge you to do everything in your power to block extreme anti-immigrant, anti-sanctuary bill, Senate Bill 4.”

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    Tell Texas lawmakers and Gov. Abbott: Keep families together and immigrant students in school. Block S.B. 4.

    Right-wing Texas lawmakers are fast tracking an extreme anti-immigrant, anti-sanctuary bill that would deputize local police as federal immigration agents and terrorize undocumented students. We must act now to stop it.

    S.B. 4 undermines sanctuary cities and schools that do not enforce immigration laws. It would force local and campus police to stop and check the legal status of any person who looks like an immigrant, detain undocumented immigrants in local jails and punish government entities that refuse to comply.1

    Speak out now to demand that Texas legislators of good conscience do everything in their power to block this cruel and dangerous bill.

    Tell Texas lawmakers and Gov. Abbott: Keep families together and immigrant students in school. Block S.B. 4.

    S.B. 4 could make the nightmare of mass deportations a reality in Texas. If passed, it would extend the authority of Trump’s deportation force to local police and hold them accountable for enforcing immigration laws. Under S.B. 4, sheriff’s departments that refuse to enable deportations could lose state funding and department heads could face criminal charges.2

    Schools would become dangerous places. Campus police will be a part of Trump’s deportation force if lawmakers pass S.B. 4.3 That means school security officers can harass and even arrest immigrant students on campus. With more boots on the ground to enforce Trump’s xenophobic agenda, Texas immigrants could face deportations in unprecedented numbers, leaving communities physically and economically torn apart.

    This extreme bill would also worsen the crisis of confidence between communities of color and law enforcement that already exists in many places. If Texas law enforcement officers have a mandate to racially profile, intimidate and arrest any person who looks like they might be in the country illegally, there’s no doubt civil liberties violations by police will skyrocket and communities of color and immigrants will suffer the most.

    In 2016, Texas counties spent a staggering $55 million detaining undocumented immigrants in local jails.4 Texas lawmakers need to stop wasting millions of taxpayer dollars on federal immigration enforcement and make sure local police are focused on fighting crime, not forced to terrorize families.

    Immigrant families and students deserve to feel safe in their homes, their schools, and in the state they call home. Help us show state lawmakers that there are more Texans who embrace the immigrant community, than those who are anti-immigrant. Speak out now to demand they stop this dangerous bill from becoming law.

    Tell Texas lawmakers and Gov. Abbott: Keep families together and immigrant students in school. Block S.B. 4

    Thank you for standing up for Texas’ immigrants.

    References:

    1. Dakin Andone, “Texas Senate OKs bill to effectively abolish sanctuary cities,” CNN, Feb. 8, 2017.

    2. Sky Canaves and Brian M. Rosenthal, “Texas House takes up ‘sanctuary cities’ bill,” The San Antonio Express-News, March 15, 2017.

    3. Ibid.

    4. Julian Aguilar, “Key chairman says House will take its time on “sanctuary” legislation,” The Texas Tribune, March 16, 2017.