Activists fight to make San Antonio a sanctuary city, protect immigrants

"We do not want mayors or city councils passing ordinances or telling their police they can't do the job the federal government tells them they're allowed to do," [Lt. Gov. ] Patrick said.

Ed. Note: According to a Fox News report that aired on October 9, 2015, the number of sanctuary cities in the United States has risen to 340. As a result, an average of 1,000 illegals are being released from jail per month. San Antonio activists are pushing hard to add San Antonio to this growing number of cities that protect illegal immigrants. Last week Senator Ted Cruz introduced as a lead cosponsor the Stop Sanctuary Policies and Protect Americans Act. The bill would withhold federal funds from sanctuary jurisdictions. The legislation also incorporates critical elements of Kate’s Law, which Sen. Cruz introduced earlier this year, by imposing a five-year mandatory minimum sentence on any alien who illegally reenters the country after having been convicted of an aggravated felony or two prior illegal reentry offenses.

Republished from, by Courtney Friedman, October 7, 2015.

SAN ANTONIO – Local immigration activists are making their most aggressive push yet to make San Antonio a sanctuary city.

Claudia Sanchez finds similarity in each immigrant’s story.

sanctuary city“They come here because the conditions at home are so horrible they just have to find a way to survive,” Sanchez said.

Her parents immigrated from Mexico years ago.

“My parents worked really hard, they sacrificed, put me through school and I graduated with my master’s in political science in December. I don’t have any loans,” she said.

She said her parents, like millions in the U.S., are constantly in fear of being deported.

“People that are being separated from their families because they just got stopped for a single traffic violation, but they’re not criminals,” Sanchez said.

That’s why she’s joining the fight to make San Antonio a sanctuary city, which would give extra protection to undocumented people. Right now, Texas has 13 sanctuary cities, including Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston and Austin.

“Undocumented immigrants pay billions in taxes,” said Jaime Martinez, chairman for the Cesar E. Chavez Legacy and Educational Foundation.

During a rally Wednesday, he listed ways that immigrants contribute to society.

“Nearly 50,000 veterans, members of the armed forces are immigrants, only to have citizenship after they die,” he said. “Immigrants that live here in San Antonio contribute to the economy.”

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick was in San Antonio Wednesday and talked about his disapproval of sanctuary cities.

“We do not want mayors or city councils passing ordinances or telling their police they can’t do the job the federal government tells them they’re allowed to do,” Patrick said.

Immigration activists hope the San Antonio City Council will hear their voices.

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8 Responses to "Activists fight to make San Antonio a sanctuary city, protect immigrants"

  1. Mike B  October 15, 2015 at 4:30 pm

    Yes, our San Antonio Chief of law enforcement will get up in front of anybody and tell the same, lame story about how it is better to allow petty law breakers to invade the country and roam freely among the law abiding citizens than it is to enforce the laws he swore to uphold and risk losing a hot tip from an illegal immigrant informant about some organized criminal network activity in town. If the Yankee would just learn how to speak Spanish, we could save a whole lot of public resources being spent on ESL welfare programs.

  2. M. B.  October 15, 2015 at 4:05 pm

    I have heard that the police chief turns a blind eye to illegals, what a shame, I thought he was suppose to support our laws. It needs to be stopped or we will lose the country we know.

  3. RICHARD SANDERS  October 14, 2015 at 2:37 pm

    This is an issue that would demand recall petitions if councilmen act contrary to the will of the people.

  4. RICHARD SANDERS  October 14, 2015 at 2:30 pm

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  5. Linda W  October 14, 2015 at 1:43 pm

    I think we have had enough caving in.” Illegal Immigrants” is not just centered around a Spanish population seeking asylum from Mexico? but includes multiple nationalities from multiple countries and includes people that choose NOT to assimilate into our culture here in America, but instead want to turn our culture into theirs from which they were seeking to get away from. Some….need to understand the word ILLEGAL and get out the dictionary. I think it means something like “prohibited by law, not within the law and quite possibly..UN lawful? My grandparents came over from Hungary to Ellis Island and stood in line for countless hours waiting to have their papers processed and had to show documentation necessary to allow them to become US citizens. Many who could not afford the ship fare became indentured servants. Owing their labor to the ship captain for 4 years to pay off their debt. There were no hand-outs, welfare, unemployment or other monetary assistance for ANY one. I think most of us are not opposed to immigration if people are vetted and come into the country the way they are lawfully supposed to. We should not be expected to provide a “safe haven” for ILLEGAL people to go to especially in instances where a crime has been committed..ENOUGH

  6. GranPaSmurf  October 14, 2015 at 12:37 pm

    Don Stephens,
    I agree with your two points.
    With all the technology available to us these days, we are able to catch them in their “show votes.”
    They should understand how closely we watch what they are doing.

  7. Don Stephens  October 14, 2015 at 12:04 pm

    I have two things to say about San Antonio being a sanctuary city.
    1) San Antonio is already–in reality- a sanctuary city .It does not take an official vote by a city council to make a city a sanctuary city .If nothing is done by the city or county to counteract illegals coming to our city or nothing is done when illegals are encountered –then it becomes a sanctuary city on its own.Our police chief and sheriff are an illegal’s best friend–because they do nothing to help stop illegals who are here.They are worthless in the fight against illegals.
    2) Dan Patrick has been a great disappointment in the fight against illegals and sanctuary cities–contrary to what he promised during his campaign running for Lt. Governor.No legislation came to fruition at the state level this past session that dealt with making sanctuary cities illegals.

  8. Dave R  October 14, 2015 at 9:08 am

    There is no doubt that incidents like the Kate Steinle murder will continue if we allow immigration to go unchecked. If we lose control of our borders (as these “sanctuary cities” ordinances are doing), we will certainly fall just like Rome did centuries ago. IF people want to immigrate to America, they can do so legally ! Let’s contact our local councilman and ask them to avoid making the mistake of encouraging ILLEGAL immigration. Why have laws if they are not meant to be followed !

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