San Antonio Tea Party, Police Chief Spar Over Whether SA is Sanctuary City

McManus’ position caught the attention of the Tea Party last October, when the longtime unwritten policy on not asking for immigration status was finally included in the police department’s manual.

San Antonio Tea Party, Police Chief Spar Over Whether SA is Sanctuary City

Ed. Note: Our conversation with Chief McManus on Friday, September 16, was a feisty exchange to say the least. We’re pleased that we were able to bring this issue into the open and reveal to the public what’s going on in our city, thanks to KSAT 12 and other media. Even so, SATP President Allen Tharp was disappointed the media coverage didn’t include more of the well-articulated, fact-based questions, issues, and concerns expressed by our audience during the Q&A with the Chief.

CLICK HERE  to read Allen’s follow-up letter to Chief McManus thanking him for meeting with us and requesting representation on the Police-Community Council.

CLICK HERE for 15-min video of the meeting produced by Harry Padilla (videographer). Thank you, Harry!


Republished from KSAT 12 News, by Jessie Degollado, September 16, 1016. Image credit: KSAT 12


Minds likely unchanged by lively exchange

SAN ANTONIO – In a session billed as a conversation with members of the San Antonio Tea Party, Police Chief William McManus was at the heart of a heated debate over whether San Antonio is a sanctuary city.

“It’s not,” McManus said.

San Antonio officers do not ask about anyone’s immigration status.

A member of the audience said, “It’s good to see an officer who’s not afraid of a fight, and you definitely came to one.”

12news-jessieMcManus’ position caught the attention of the Tea Party last October, when the longtime unwritten policy on not asking for immigration status was finally included in the police department’s manual.

Federal authorities still have access to the Bexar County jail, where they can place detainers on undocumented immigrants who’ve been arrested on other charges.

Recalling a case in San Francisco, a Tea Party member questioned, “It’s OK to release somebody so that they go out and kill somebody?”

The question seemed to test McManus’ patience.

“No, it’s not OK to release somebody so that they go out and kill somebody,” McManus said, noting that, in that case, the sheriff there ignored the detainer.

When the man in the audience was unsatisfied with the chief’s response, McManus said, “I’m not here to argue with you. You may not like my answers, but they’re my answers.”

McManus said if his officers were to ask about immigration status, “No one in the immigrant community would call the police ever again for fear of being deported.”

McManus said it would create an environment where crime would flourish if it goes unreported.

“We need them to do our job,” McManus said. “If we don’t have that assistance, we’re working with one arm behind our back.”

Another Tea Party member said, “They are the victim of crime, so they should want to work with us.”

McManus answered, “If you’re a former police officer, then you know darn right that many, many victims of crime do not want to cooperate with police.”

At one point, the McManus asked the audience what if he were to ask for their proof of citizenship if they looked Hispanic or spoke with an accent.

“Nobody in here wants to be profiled,” he said.placeholder-16x9-ksat12

One woman responded, “I’m sorry. Profiling is a terrible thing, but on the other hand, it protects you.”

Wrapping up the 45 minutes of back-and-forth, McManus said, “We’re going to have to agree to disagree. I respect your opinion. I ask that you respect mine.”

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3 Responses to "San Antonio Tea Party, Police Chief Spar Over Whether SA is Sanctuary City"

  1. Jesse R Del Castillo  March 23, 2017 at 12:12 pm

    It’s a breath of fresh air to hear sensical, law abiding citizens respond to a growing problem that is not difficult to understand! You are either LEGAL or you are ILLEGAL-end of story! Those who attempt to label it any other way are on the side of criminality and should be treated as such! I am fed up with political rhetoric and butt kissing, which is done for the sake of career enhancement and to the detriment of American citizens. If I-a citizen of the United States- were to break into the home of any other citizen, I would be ARRESTED and thrown in jail!!! Why are so many rolling out the red carpet giving out financial benefits to those who are commiting the same crime of ILLEGAL ENTRY, under the guise of “undocumented immigrants”? This is an insult to my father and all the others who entered America by way of the LEGAL due process that TRUE immigration is. How much has changed since many in this country started ignoring the RULE OF LAW and living by the “LAW OF ME”…whatever is good for ME, whatever makes ME feel good.

  2. Larry Crozier  September 21, 2016 at 12:26 pm

    One day soon, the liberals will be sorry for their decisions. These people who do not belong in America have no respect for any one. Red or blue. Besides the cost of caring for them. I find it so ironic that an American citizen can not visit Mexico with out fear of life. Its a wonderful world!!!

  3. Don Stephens  September 21, 2016 at 11:44 am

    There is much ,much more that we must be concerned about than just the fact that San Antonio city officials turn a blind eye to illegals that are here in our city. How many of us are also turning a blind eye? Do we hire those who are here illegally to do work for us? How many hire an illegal to do their yard work? How many people frequent businesses that we know hire illegals? Just like many others in our city –my home sustained hail damage to the roof in the April 12th hail storm.I have had eight roofing companies to come and give estimates to replace the roof. I have asked each one of them to promise me that if they were chosen as the company to do the work for me that they must promise that no illegals would be in the crew that worked on my house.None of the eight companies would make that promise. Isn’t that sad? They have been taking the jobs of Americans for many years and this must come to a stop.The last time I checked it is against federal laws on the books to hire an illegal—even to mow your lawn.Are any of you out there guilty of doing this? If so –then you are part of the problem. We must start a list of companies that hire people that are here illegally and then publish that list and boycott those businesses. We must work tirelessly to see that all illegals are deported. VOTE TRUMP

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