Texas Senator Sylvia Garcia Files Bills To Repeal Anti-Sanctuary Cities Law

Garcia introduced bills SB 108, SB 109 and SB 110 against SB4 and its modus operandi.


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Texas Senator Sylvia Garcia, center, in a 2016 photo with Democratic leaders then HUD Secretary Julian Castro (to her left), and his brother U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro (holding the microphone), among others.

State Senator Sylvia Garcia (D-Houston) filed three bills on Wednesday aimed at repealing the so-called anti-sanctuary cities law, or SB4, which allows state law enforcement officials to ask for proof of legal residency upon detention.

Garcia, who filed these bills over the Legislature special session, said in a press release that one bill, SB 108, will prevent police from actively enforcing immigration laws in certain “safe places.” The others, SB 109 and SB 110, will repeal SB 4, which passed during the regular legislative session earlier this year.

“A broken taillight could lead to a broken family,” said Garcia in the release, in reference to the risk for undocumented immigrants to be detained and end up in a deportation list when being pulled over by a police patrol.

The bills would create exemptions to SB4 in “safe places” where people would be protected from law enforcement asking them to “show their papers”, in the case of SB 108. According to the senator, the list of safe places would include public schools, institutions of higher education, hospitals, places of worship, and courthouses.

SB 109 would not only repeal SB 4, but would also create sanctions for local entities that detain people unconstitutionally. SB 110 would simply repeal SB 4, Garcia said, with adding further details.


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