A group of state, county and city leaders met at the steps of the Bexar County Courthouse Friday morning to ask Gov. Greg Abbott to veto Senate Bill 4.
Known by many as the anti-sanctuary cities or “show me your papers” law, immigrant-rights activists say it will lead to profiling and discrimination.
San Antonio Police Department Chief William McManus is disappointed the bill is headed to Abbott’s desk.
“It’s going to alienate the police and the community. It’s going to overload us as far as work goes,” McManus said. He also mentioned how the governor’s office will not be providing funding to train 2,400 people on immigration laws in his department.
Also in attendance of the press conference was Senator Jose Menendez (D, Dist. 126), Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff, Bexar County District Attorney Nico LaHood and Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar.
SB 4 allows police officers to ask about a person’s immigration status during routine stops.
Abbott declared a sanctuary city ban a legislative priority – just as his predecessor, former Gov. Rick Perry, did in 2011 but couldn’t pass. The Texas Legislature’s increasing drift to the right has eroded past resistance by moderate Republicans. Abbott is likely to sign the bill even before the Legislature adjourns later this month.