Photo: Texas state capital
Wednesday, the Texas Senate voted against a bill that would have allowed cities to decide whether or not they want to be so-called “Sanctuary Cities” and not require local law enforcement to enforce federal immigration laws.
“This is not about political parties, nor is it about race or hate or fear-mongering,” Senate Bill 9’s sponsor, Sen. Tommy Williams, R-Woodlands said.
The bill was passed 19-12 along party lines despite Texas police standing against the bill, and despite the chamber’s Hispanic members’ warnings that the passing of the bill will make Texas “an unwelcoming place.”
The dean of the Senate, Sen. Steve Whitmire (D-Houston) asked Hispanic senators to stand, and said, “Look at these members of the Senate. This legislation to will force them to prove that they are U.S. citizens. Members, we can do better. This is a sad day.”
Former Marine, and current Sen. Carlos Uresti, (D-San Antoniotold his story of facing bigotry while he was growing up, and he warned that the bill would lead to discrimination against “anyone who looks like me.”
“I shouldn’t have to prove my citizenship because my skin is a little darker than yours. This bill is hurtful, it’s ignorant and it’s offensive.”