Bexar County Joins San Antonio Lawsuit Against "Sanctuary Cities" Law

click to enlarge Bexar County Joins San Antonio Lawsuit Against "Sanctuary Cities" Law
Callie Enlow

Bexar County will join San Antonio in its fight against Texas' crackdown on so-called "sanctuary cities."

In commissioners court on Tuesday, three commissioners and Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff voted to join the city's lawsuit to stop the state's new law, Senate Bill 4, from going into effect (only Republican commissioner Kevin Wolff voted against joining the suit). During the discussion, Bexar County Commissioner Paul Elizondo called the law "not needed" and "cynical as hell."

The lawsuit filed last week by the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund on behalf of the City of San Antonio argues that SB 4 was "enacted with the purpose of discriminating against Latinos and against immigrants."

Among other things, SB 4, which is slated to go into effect on September 1, allows local cops to ask about immigration status even in routine police encounters, like traffic stops. Sheriffs and police chiefs would also be forced to comply with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement requests to detain people suspected of being undocumented. Under the law, local law enforcement officials who don't comply with ICE requests risk being removed from office and charged with a crime.

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