Protesters take fight over Dallas sanctuary cities law City Hall
Sanctuary cities bans aren't going down without a fight. This time the battleground is Dallas, TX.
According to Dallas News, protesters flooded the front of Dallas City Hall on Wednesday morning to express their dissent over the new sanctuary cities ban.
Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings told the protesters - of whom there were representatives from the Workers Defense Project and the Texas Organizing Project that they would discuss the matter in an executive session in City Hall.
Protesters want Dallas to join the ranks of cities like San Antonio, Austin and El Cenizo, who have filed a suit to block the state from implementing the SB4.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed the bill last month, and it is set to take effect Sept. 1.
By ensuring Texas police officers who don't enforce federal immigration law have harsh consequences, including facing criminal charges, jail fine and a $25,000 fine, the cities are saying the law prevents officers from effectively doing their jobs.
One controversial aspect of the law: officers can now freely as someone's immigration status and detain them if they see fit.
Though Mayor Rawlings did not say a definitive vote on the bill he seemed to be less than a fan stating, "My job, the job of the pro tem and the job of the council is to keep all citizens safe," the mayor said. "We want to have a safe environment so they can get married and do the things they have to do."
He went on to say the law was asking too much of police by making them enforce federal immigration laws in addition to focusing on "safety first."
"Time and time again, police chiefs and police associations across the state have said that SB4 is not a safe bill," he said.
He did not wish to speak about the law publicly, but his words and willingness to listen to protesters outside of City Hall showed that he was indeed open to change.
One protester in particular, Manuela Castro, said she knew some people were already being detained by police and triggering deportation and said it would eventually hurt the Dallas economy by taking away immigrant labor.
"The law hasn't gone into effect and there are already people who have been detained and police officers who are asking for their papers," she said. "Please help us stop this hateful law."