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Published on Monday, May 07, 2018

Councilman Rey Saldaña’s remarks on the anniversary of the signing of Senate Bill 4

CONTACT: Rosana Galaviz
Office: (210) 207-5785; Cell: (210) 602-4069
rosana.galaviz@sanantonio.gov

 

SAN ANTONIO (May 7, 2018) – The following is a statement from Councilman Rey Saldaña regarding Senate Bill 4 since it was signed a year ago by Governor Greg Abbott and after going into effect on September 1, 2017:

 

“A year ago, Governor Abbott signed Senate Bill 4, a discriminatory and unconstitutional law that villainizes our immigrant communities and hinders law enforcement agencies from ensuring public safety.  Through our justice system, we have stood our ground and demonstrated how Senate Bill 4 in no way makes our communities safer and instead jeopardizes the relationship between local police departments and our community.  I stand committed to keeping all members of our community safe regardless of immigration status and will continue to voice my opposition to laws that violate peoples’ fundamental rights.

 

Local policies are about protecting community members from abuses of power and in no way should instill fear in people when coming into contact with law enforcement officers.  Our dedicated local public safety officers who valiantly keep us safe should not have to do the work of the federal government.  A law that separates families and equates immigrants as criminals has no place in a City built on trust, collaboration, respect and compassion.  No matter how long this struggle continues, I will continue to defend the most vulnerable members of our community against any attack on their constitutional rights.”

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