CHC Texas Members Denounce SB4 “Show me Your Papers” Law
May 10, 2017
WASHINGTON, D.C. –Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) members representing Texas released the following statements denouncing Texas’ anti-immigrant Senate Bill 4 (SB4) law:
CHC First Vice-Chair Rep. Joaquin Castro (TX-20): “The state legislature’s passage of SB4 was a dark moment for Texas and for our nation. Now, Governor Abbott has signed the measure into law, legalizing the profiling of people based on their ethnicity and birthplace. Not only is this law morally wrong, it will strain our law enforcement and make our communities more dangerous. Our state leaders’ fearmongering is embarrassing and harmful to all Texans.”
Rep. Filemon Vela (TX-34): “Last night Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed Senate Bill 4, also known as the “Show Me Your Papers” bill, into law. The racist bill is an attack on human decency that preys on some of our most vulnerable by driving a wedge between law enforcement, universities, immigrant communities, and people of color. Local police and campus police aim to protect and build trust with local residents, but the "Show Me Your Papers" bill shifts the focus away from keeping communities safe. Instead of turning to local law enforcement in times of peril, mixed status families and noncitizens may now withhold important information when reporting crimes, or stop reporting crimes at all, out of fear of deportation. Under the guise of creating a law to uphold the Constitution and treating all people equally, the Texas legislature has schemed to continue the demonization of immigrant communities. SB4 is a disgrace, and I strongly oppose it.”
Rep. Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15): “Instead of empowering our local law enforcement agencies to strengthen community relations, improve public safety, and investigate violent crimes, Senate Bill 4 will strain local resources, and put our law enforcement officers in a precarious situation should they choose not to enforce this shameful law. Senate Bill 4 will also discourage people from reporting crimes and deepen the divide between law enforcement and communities.
“This law will not make our communities safer, it will only breed distrust and fear. Our state’s leaders should be proposing thoughtful and workable solutions to our state’s most pressing problems, not offering a false sense of security. Texans deserve better.”
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The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), founded in December 1976, is organized as a Congressional Member organization, governed under the Rules of the U.S. House of Representatives. The CHC is dedicated to voicing and advancing, through the legislative process, issues affecting Hispanics in the United States, Puerto Rico and U.S. Territories.
Carlos Paz Jr.