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‘Sanctuary cities’ law hearing starts today
Monday, June 26, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano
Today, some members of City Council will kick off their so-called summer break in San Antonio, for the first hearing for the preliminary injunction that could block Senate Bill 4 (the “sanctuary cities” law) from being implemented this September. (Mayor Steve Adler has made the job of getting up-to-date a little easier by collecting last week’s press conference and all of the city’s legal filings online here.) Council Member Greg Casar, who was arrested for protesting the bill this spring, released a statement Friday that said, in part, “Just last month we launched the Summer of Resistance against Texas’ show-me-your-papers law, SB 4. People across Texas have joined this movement because they know SB 4 has nothing to do with public safety, and everything to do with politicians attacking immigrants and their families for nothing but political gain. … Stopping SB 4 is bigger than Texas. Today, Donald Trump and Jeff Sessions filed a brief in support of SB 4. If SB 4 is allowed to go into effect, we can expect similar laws across the country.” Casar will be attending a live-streamed rally at 8:30 Monday morning, in advance of the hearing, with members of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, LUPE, Workers Defense Project, Texas Civil Rights Project and Texas Organizing Project.
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