Austin, TX -- The Austin American-Statesman Editorial Board on Republican Dan Patrick’s Trump Deportation Force Bill, S.B. 4:
“If this measure passes the Senate, then the Texas House would be wise to step on the brakes – if not for moral reasons, then for the economic pain it most certainly will cost Texans.” [Austin American-Statesman, February 3, 2017]
Highlights. If Texas Republican lawmakers were listening:
“to police chiefs of major cities they would know that Senate Bill 4... would hinder rather than help officers keep communities safe.”
“to Texas faith-based communities, including the Diocese of Austin, they would know SB4 was antithetical to Judeo-Christian principles that promote welcoming the sojourner and treating all people with dignity, especially those fleeing tyranny, oppression, violence and poverty.”
“to many business leaders — especially in the tech and medical sectors — they would know that SB4 creates a perception that Texas is anti-immigrant or perhaps racist, which could chill efforts to recruit the brightest and best talent from across the world, causing companies to think twice – if at all – about relocating to the Lone Star State.”
“to the hundreds of people who crowded the Senate chamber at the Capitol on Thursday, many of whom testified against the bill, they would know SB4 will drive hard-working families into the shadows and generate anxiety”
“But they’re not listening…”
“Tragically, Republican state senators – and those who back SB4 — are engaged in an extreme and divisive endeavor, which is overly broad, vengeful and intimidating. It smacks of Arizona’s ‘show-me-your papers bill.’”
“Clearly SB4 is a sledgehammer with some egregious provisions that would open the door to circumstances in which state and local law officers are enforcing federal immigration laws and racially profiling people.”
Read the Austin American-Statesman Editorial Board take on the morally and economically bankrupt Republican bill S.B.4.
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