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Shame on Governor Abbott

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Shame on Governor Abbott

To be delivered to Governor Greg Abbott

Petition Statement

In May, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed SB4, a law that will crack down on ‘sanctuary cities’ and disturbingly allows Texas law enforcement to question the immigration status of anyone being detained – not just arrested – in what is commonly referred as a ‘show me your papers’ provision. Tell Gov. Abbott: Shame on you.
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Petition Background

SB4 will result in unlawful racial profiling, stops, and prolonged detentions and could create a chilling effect in the reporting of crimes. We should ensure that no one lives in fear and recognize that diversity is one of our nation’s greatest strengths, not pass discriminatory, anti-immigrant laws.

After Gov. Abbott signed SB4 into law, the ACLU, MALDEF, LULAC, and other organizations, cities, and local governments sued to block it from going into effect, which is currently scheduled for September 1. Many others – including UnidosUS (formerly National Council of La Raza), Mi Familia Vota, Human Rights Campaign, National Urban League, and Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC – advocated against SB4 and condemned its passage. Last month, a federal court in San Antonio heard the case.

I submitted an affidavit in support of the ACLU’s lawsuit in my capacity as president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and as the former head of the Civil Rights Division at the U.S. Department of Justice, where I worked extensively and collaboratively with city officials and law enforcement across the country to build trust between police and the communities they serve.

But this administration’s Department of Justice under Attorney General Jeff Sessions filed a statement of interest siding with Texas, making grandiose statements about “keeping America safe.” In reality, the law is dangerous and has the potential to further a deep racial divide in Texas. Join me in advocating for the dignity and public safety of every Texan and tell Gov. Abbott: Shame on you!

La Lucha Sigue!
–Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

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