Republicans have set a hearing to debate and railroad through committee SB 185, a sanctuary cities bill which will allow local and state law enforcement to participate in immigration duties through the practice of racial profiling (frankly, I can’t see how racially profiling Latinos will not happen). Here’s the committee hearing info:
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
COMMITTEE: Veteran Affairs & Military Installations-S/C Border Security
TIME & DATE: 8:00 AM, Monday, March 09, 2015
PLACE: 2E.20 (Betty King Cmte. Rm.)
CHAIR: Senator Brian Birdwell
The Subcommittee will consider the following:
Relating to the enforcement of state and federal laws governing immigration by certain governmental entities.
One can read the bill here. And the bill analysis is here.
Here’s a bit of the explanation:
(f) Provides that, in compliance with Subsection (e), an entity described by Subsection (a) may not prohibit a person employed by or otherwise under the direction or control of the entity from doing any of the following:
(1) inquiring into the immigration status of a person lawfully detained for the investigation of a criminal offense or arrested;
(2) with respect to information relating to the immigration status, lawful or unlawful, of any person lawfully detained for the investigation of a criminal offense or arrested:
(A) sending the information to or requesting or receiving the information from United States Citizenship and Immigration Services or United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement, including information regarding a person’s place of birth;
(B) maintaining the information; or
(C) exchanging the information with another federal, state, or local governmental entity;
(3) assisting or cooperating with a federal immigration officer as reasonable and necessary, including providing enforcement assistance; or
(4) permitting a federal immigration officer to enter and conduct enforcement activities at a municipal or county jail to enforce federal immigration laws.
The law will punish local governments who do not participate in legalized racial profiling by not providing any grant funds the state may give. It all allows citizens to file complaints through the Texas AGs office to punish local governments, too. And even file frivolous lawsuits.
Interesting was that the proposed law would not include school districts, charter schools, or hospital districts; although, a cop working for a hospital district is allowed.
It’s just your usual racist bill from Republicans who have nothing better to do. If you want to go fight it on Monday, send them my regards.
If you want to contact all three members of the Border Security Subcommittee, here’s links to their contact info: Birdwell, Hall, Lucio.
It’ll get uglier as Republicans have their sights set on Latinos and immigrants this session.