For reasons such as public health, accurate census, ensuring that programs/schools are properly funded, and more, having an organized, legal, and reasonable means of documenting who lives in a given country, is crucial. However, the words “legal” and “reasonable,” have many cringing at Donald Trump’s proposed methods of dealing with the matter of undocumented residents in the U.S.
From mass deportation to the Mexican border wall, the Trump administration definitely sits on the far end of the immigration regulation spectrum. However, given America’s history regarding this issue, it is important that we critically examine the issue of illegal immigration. After all, the original European settlers, in essence, stole much of the land they built upon.
Despite what should be taking place, the ultimate effect of Trump’s efforts is that state lawmakers are following suit by sponsoring legislation that reinforces the policies of Donald Trump. For example, in Texas, Republican legislators have put forth the highly controversial Senate Bill 4, or SB-4, an anti-sanctuary cities bill.
Monday evening, protesters peacefully demand that their voices be heard by Gov. Greg Abbott (R). Dozens of people reportedly gathered in the governor’s office and refused to leave until Abbott concedes to vetoing the legislation.
Ironically, SB-4 isn’t supported by law enforcement, as they argue that it will inflict jail sentences and monetary fines on officials who choose not to comply with every demand by federal immigration and customs officers. Others say the bill will strain the already tense relationships between police and immigrant/refugee communities, as well as cause certain ethnic groups to have a greater chance of being profiled.
Via bullhorn, protester Carmen Zubieta spoke in Spanish and shared how SB-4 feels like a violation of rights, she also addressed how jailing undocumented people has become such a huge money-making industry:
‘We don’t have rights, and then they make a business out of putting us in jail.’
Another protester, Norma Herrera, worked for the Texas state legislature. She has lived in the U.S. since she was three and says that she feels let down by SB-4:
‘I considered myself an important part of that building, but now I see that, depending on the political climate, they can just police you out. The process failed us.’
Gov. Abbott is expected to ignore requests to veto SB-4 and sign it into law. A report about the bill and Monday’s sit-in may be viewed below:
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