Texas Lawmaker on a Hunger Strike to Protest Anti-Sanctuary City Bill


Through the TCCB, the bishops provide a moral and social public policy voice that includes monitoring all legislation pertaining to Catholic moral and social teaching; accredit the state's Catholic schools; and maintain records that reflect the work and the history of the Catholic Church in Texas. Her father, now a United States citizen, initially entered the country illegally.

"You're a coward that you will not allow a vote to be taken, you're using your position wrong", said the Rev. William Owens, Presidentpresident of Coalition of African American Pastors (CAAP) "I would love to meet with you and talk to you and debate this issue but at this point in my book, you're one of the biggest cowards in the state of Texas". SB4 is up for debate on Wednesday in the House. "So I think for them to use that as a premise for their support is a little bit hypocritical".

President Donald Trump signed an executive order in January that denies federal funding to communities shielding the undocumented from deportation. The federal regulation is about keeping lines of communication open.

"You have stood on the front mic and impugned the good representatives, the men and women of this body, about how you feel they're racist", he said. Charlie Geren, the bill's lead sponsor in the house, couldn't give Democratic state Representative Carol Alvarado a single example of a sanctuary city in the state.

On the Facebook event page for the fast, organizers write: "This bill will undermine community policing efforts and will affect our neighbors, our workforce, kids in our schools, and the relationship between police and our communities".

"Think about the bad position we're putting law enforcement officers across our state in by destroying the trust that they have worked so hard to build up with the communities they're charged with protecting", Prairie said. And even that was only because these cities were believed to be out of compliance with a federal regulation that prohibits them from stopping police from communicating with ICE or any federal agency about the immigration or citizenship status of a person.

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Neave, inspired by the hunger strikes of civil rights leader Cesar Chavez, said "it's a form of personal sacrifice". More than 1,2000 immigrant families attended a local information session in the last few weeks, and teachers in her district have said that their students are anxious their parents will be deported.

"I have seen the fear of children who worry their parents are going to be deported", Neave said.

Other Republican-controlled states have embraced similar polices, but Texas would be the first where police chiefs and sheriffs could potentially by jailed. "Once you have a provision that mandates law enforcement organizations ask people for citizenship - it puts a little bit of doubt and a little bit of fear in their minds", Flores said.

Schaefer said Thursday morning that Democrats were given plenty of time to agree to a compromise where he would pull his amendment if Democrats limited the number of amendments they would debate.

In a separate demonstration, as many as 750 immigrant detainees in Tacoma, Washington, launched a hunger strike earlier this month to protest conditions at the 1,500-bed Northwest Detention Center.

"For me, this is very spiritual", she told the paper.