One resounding issue that took hold in the regular legislative session will have a lasting effect on many Texans.
It isn’t the so-called “bathroom bill,” which is gasping its last breath in the special session, but Senate Bill 4.
SB 4, the so-called “sanctuary cities bill,” made its way through the Legislature and to Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk.
Though countless people, organizations, businesses and politicians stood against the bill, it was signed and will become law effective Sept. 1
The law frees police to investigate immigration status in routine police interactions, including traffic stops, unless the detainee is a victim, complainant or witness. That’s what has caused fear, tension and a bigger fissure between law enforcement and residents.
The law also cracks down on cities that don’t fulfill requests from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
The language of the law will result in racial profiling. How will officers decide whether to ask immigration status?
The law infringes on Fourth Amendment rights and a lawsuit has been filed — but Fort Worth hasn’t joined the charge.
United Fort Worth, a grassroots effort, has called for a “Day of Action” for Tuesday.
The event starts at 5 p.m. and will end around 9 p.m. in downtown Fort Worth.
Residents will gather to speak during a City Council meeting to urge the council to join the lawsuit. There will also be a rally, march and speakers — all ready to fight the good fight.
“This Day of Action will show our unity in ensuring Fort Worth is a livable city,” says the United Fort Worth website.
It’s a debate worth having, and as long as it stays peaceful, we encourage residents to experience the event.
These voices against SB 4 will resonate in Fort Worth, even if City Council stays out of the fray.
We couldn’t be prouder.
For more information, visit www.unitedfw.com.