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Houston Mayor Says He’s Ready To Sue Over “Sanctuary City” Law

The measure says cities can’t prevent law enforcement from asking about a person’s immigration status. Mayor Sylvester Turner says he doesn’t think the law is constitutional.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner made his comments on SB 4 after giving the annual State of Mobility address before the Transportation Advocacy Group.

Mayor Turner says he believes the law known as SB 4 isn’t about sanctuary cities but more about racial and ethnic profiling.

Dallas, Austin, El Paso, and San Antonio have already announced they’re suing over the law and Turner says he’s also ready to go to court.  He says SB 4 would take away too much discretion from Houston police.

“Well the reality is when people fear that law enforcement officers may be asking them about their documentation or their legal status,” says Turner,  “They may be less willing to report crimes.”

Instead of making the city safer Turner fears the law would have the opposite effect.

“We see what’s happening all over the globe,” adds Turner. “Terroristic activities that are taking place. Information is critical and you don’t want anything put in place that will lessen access to information for law enforcement.”

Turner must now seek City Council approval to move ahead with the lawsuit. That’s expected later this month.

In a tweet, Turner urged council members to agree to the lawsuit.

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Gail Delaughter

Gail Delaughter

Transportation Reporter

From early-morning interviews with commuters to walks through muddy construction sites, Gail covers all aspects of getting around Houston. That includes walking, driving, cycling, taking the bus, and occasionally flying. Before she became transportation reporter in 2011, Gail hosted weekend programs for Houston Public Media. She's also covered courts in...

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