“Sanctuary City” Bills Die Another Death: A Victory For All Texans

A Victory For All Texans

Congratulations To All Who Believed That Texas Can Do Better
On Immigration And To Lawmakers For Listening To Communities

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(AUSTIN, Texas) — As the sun sets on the special session of the 82nd Texas Legislature, the bills that would ban nonexistent “sanctuary cities” and institutionalize the failing federal S-Comm program seem to have been derailed.

Dealing with “sanctuary cities” was one of Gov. Rick Perry’s emergencies and was represented in just one of over 70 anti-immigrant, anti-Hispanic bills proposed at the beginning of the regular session. Perry resurrected the proposal in the special session, but it looks as if “sanctuary cities” and S-Comm won’t make it to his desk yet again. It’s no small victory for Texas communities that some lawmakers were unable to get a single anti-immigrant, anti-Hispanic proposal passed this year.

This is no accident.

It was through the hard work, consistent advocacy and intense efforts of RITA and TRUST Coalition partners in local law enforcement, faith leaders including the conservative Evangelical Christian community, business owners, workers, students, families and human rights advocates that those inside and outside the Capitol got the message that we are not Arizona and that Texas can do better on immigration. The victory over xenophobia belongs to the thousands who made it happen, including a bipartisan effort of Democratic and Republican leaders.

RITA congratulates lawmakers for listening to the concerns of these Texans. These bills could have been forced through the special session, but Texas lawmakers did better.

The fact is, the failure of “sanctuary cities” bills is a victory that will benefit all Texans. Taxpayers will be spared an unfunded mandate. Police will be able to do their important work without misguided political interference. Business will continue to prosper. Neighborhoods across the state will reap the benefits of public safety and strong families. And communities can be secure in the knowledge that this battle forged a broad coalition that will be ready to stand up against any future threats to Texas’ safety, values and economy.

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The Reform Immigration for Texas Alliance (RITA) believes that Texas should be front and center in the debate over immigration reform. We are a multi-sector statewide network dedicated to building support for comprehensive immigration reform. RITA presents a common, pro-reform voice and push to fix America’s broken immigration system with fair, humane and sensible policies that foster America’s strength, security and prosperity.