Austin, TX -- Today, Republicans in the Texas Senate voted to draft our community police into the Trump Deportation Force. [Texas Senate, S.B.4]
Carrying the stories, expertise, data, and values of hundreds of Texas children, fathers, mothers, law enforcement officials, educators, health care workers, community advocates, business leaders, and clergy that testified against S.B. 4, Texas Senate Democrats mounted a passionate six hour debate. Democrats offered dozens of amendments designed to put public safety over Donald Trump’s campaign promises, and they were denied on party-line votes. All Texas Democrats voted against the bill.
Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa issued the following statement:
“Trump Republicans’ S.B. 4 will morally and economically bankrupt our great state.
“Trump Republicans in the Texas Senate have blatantly ignored the voices of Texans from all walks of life who fear the devastation S.B.4 would cause.
“I thank all the Texas Senate Democrats for their hard work to ensure everyone in Texas is respected and gets a fair shot. Texas Democrats will continue to stand up for Texans and heed the counsel of our local law enforcement officials.
“We pray the Texas House remembers what has made this state great and stop this attack on our communities.”
Texas Democrat Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez focuses on local crime and increased community trust by ending 287(g)
“People understand that we first should focus on local priorities… We were spending over 675K staffing (287(g)), we can now redeploy those resources to fight local public safety issues” Sheriff Ed Gonzalez [MSNBC, February 2017]
Texas Democrats on Trump’s Mass Deportation Orders
A mere traffic offense could rip parents away from their children if Trump Republicans get their way. This does nothing to fix a broken immigration system. Texas families know this is a nightmare not the American Dream we have all fought for.
AP: Trump Drafting Plans for Deportation Force/ Texas Democrats call on Governor Abbott to act.
Governor Abbott, silence is complicit. You must tell Texas families right now that the State of Texas will not allow its National Guard Troops to be drafted into Trump’s Mass Deportation Force.