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Govenor Abbott signature


A call to action on Texas Governor and legislators Cinco de Mayo assault on Hispanics civil rights and civil liberty by the passage of Sanctuary Cities

Governor Abbott sanctuary cities’ bill signature is disgraceful and hurtful to Hispanics.
 
Empathy appeals to Governor Abbott and legislators on the consequences of racial profiling, deportation of Hispanic citizens and lawful Latinos by the passage of the sweeping ban on “sanctuary cities” into law went into deaf ears.
 
Now comes the anxiety and wait for the consequences the law will have on immigrants victims of crimes that will be afraid to call on police for protection.
“The more laws and order are made prominent, the more thieves and robbers there will be.”
Lao Tzu
 
How will the sanctuary cities’ legislation be accepted by Latinos, Texas’s population is 39% Hispanic, the third largest Hispanic statewide population share nationally. There are 4.8 million Hispanic eligible voters in Texas—the second largest Hispanic statewide eligible voter population nationally.
 
Similar to what happen in Arizona immigration legislation, what will happen to Texas tourist economy?   
 
Texas Economy?
Texas is home to nearly 4.5 million immigrants, the second-largest population of immigrants in the country behind California. They play an important role contributing to the state as both taxpayers and consumers. http://www.newamericaneconomy.org/ [Source]
Immigrant Residents
4,497,584
Immigrant Share of Population
16.7%
Immigrant Taxes Paid (2014)
$29.1B
Immigrant Spending Power (2014)
$89.6B
  
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On January 25, 2017, President Donald J. Trump signed executive orders calling for the construction of a “large physical barrier on the southern border,” while the second reinstated the Secure Communities Program, which Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) uses to “target illegal immigrants for removal.” It also directs the State Department to withhold visas or take other measures to ensure countries take back deported undocumented immigrants and strips federal grant money from sanctuary cities that harbor undocumented immigrants.

Supporters of the sanctuary cities ban, which Gov. Greg Abbott declared a legislative emergency in January, say local law enforcement agencies should enforce federal immigration laws. They worry that unauthorized immigrants who are released from jail instead of being turned over to immigration officials could go on to commit more serious crimes.

But local officials and others who oppose the ban say the measure would erode trust in law enforcement officials in immigrant communities, making their cities and counties less safe.

Source: Dallas Morning News reporter James Barragan March 15, 2017

What is going on this child’s mind? Could her facial
expression be concerns, will her  parents be deported. 

Peaceful Protest1 Now these two politicians are trying to force the hands of local law enforcement leaders by either taking away state and federal funds from their agencies if they do not enforce immigration laws or to even try and have sheriffs removed from office if they do not enforce immigration laws.

In my opinion, the idea of the president or governor to take away funds that are used to go after drug traffickers, gun runners, money launders, human traffickers, etc. from local law enforcement leaders will actually make Texas and the USA less safe! Especially when independent study after independent study has proven that the increased deportation efforts did not reduce the crime rate!

In all of my years of involvement in the field of Human/Civil Rights I have never seen our Nation in such a state of disarray, uncertainly, and its people fearful of their citizenship or immigration status.

Government at the highest level go against the dignity and respect of it citizens, immigrants, by infringement of civil liberty of American born persons of color, by targeting immigrants, foreigners through Executive Orders, and Legislation mandate.

 

Gov,Abbott“It is incredible that President Trump and Governor Abbott are trying to eliminate ability of elected officials’ to decide what are the best policies for their respective communities. This is an encroachment on the local control of elected officials who campaigned and were elected on their policy ideas and agenda.

 

What about City and County Rights?

 

 

 

Houston is the most diverse city in the country, with hospitality second to none, it has always faced whatever challenge it has encountered.

The Greater Houston Coalition For Justice, a multi-culture coalition appeal to all Houstonians and Texans to contact, your elected officials to Support GHCFJ’s Board of Directors resolution to denounce the passage of SB 4 and HB 889 in State Affairs Committee in the 85th Texas legislation and oppose all anti-Hispanic/ persons of color legislation that that delude existing Racial Profiling legislate law.

Johnny N. Mata
Greater Houston Coalition for Justice