― Lao Tzu
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.
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.
“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