What Will the “Sanctuary Cities” Law Mean for S.A.?

By Pilar Arias

Support and backlash for Senate Bill 4 continues rolling in after it was signed into law by Gov. Greg Abbott Sunday night.

San Antonio City Councilman Rey Saldana from District 4 says he and other lawmakers now have until September to figure things out.

“I, and the rest of the city need to come together, especially elected officials, to fight the implementation of this law,” Saldana said.

The councilman believes SB 4 will drive people into the shadows, and is just a political move by the lieutenant governor and governor.

“This is about being able to put a notch in their belt come re-election time and it does nothing to solve a problem,” Saldana said.

Concerns also come from District 3 Councilwoman Rebecca Viagran, who expects lawsuits will be filed to battle the law.

“I’m concerned about the potential of possibly racial profiling,” Viagran said. She added that city leaders will likely be having discussions with community activist organizations about the effect the sanctuary cities bill will have on San Antonio.

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