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Casar pens op-ed on Senate Bill 4

Thursday, May 18, 2017 by Nina Hernandez

Yesterday, The New York Times published an opinion piece by City Council Member Greg Casar on Texas’ freshly signed Senate Bill 4 — the “sanctuary cities” law. In the piece, Casar details his recent arrest protesting the bill and the effect the new law will have on immigrant communities across Texas, whose local jurisdictions are now bound to comply with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainer requests. Casar also noted that the law seeks to punish local officials who don’t follow those requests. “The assaults on our community that this law encourages are unacceptable. That’s why, alongside clergy members and community leaders, I participated in last week’s sit-in to send a message to Mr. Abbott,” Casar wrote. He also noted the resolution he sponsored that will come before Council today directing the city manager to look into legal action in response to the law.

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