"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 KSAT.com, 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.
“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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