Anti-Latino policies? 'Not in My State,' officials say


Texas lawmakers, business leaders and civil rights officials joined several states Wednesday in a new campaign to push back against immigration policies and rhetoric that they say support an anti-Latino agenda in the U.S.

The Mexican American Legislative Caucus joined the Board of Hispanic Caucus Chairs in announcing the “Not in My State” campaign, an effort to push back against Texas’ anti-sanctuary cities law, also known as Senate Bill 4, President Donald Trump’s decision to rescind an executive order that protects from deportation immigrants who entered the country illegally as minors, and related immigration policies. Advocates in Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Kansas, Maryland and Rhode Island are also part of the campaign.

The anti-sanctuary city law, which a federal court has temporarily halted, will strike fear in immigrant communities and discourage businesses from moving to Texas, said state Rep. Mary González, D-Clint, vice chairwoman of the Mexican American Legislative Caucus.

“Imagine this: a woman who is assaulted needs to call law enforcement but no longer feels safe because law enforcement, through SB 4, and other rhetoric that the Texas Legislature is promoting, discourages her to do what needs to be done,” González said.

For more on this story, including warnings of the economic impact of tougher immigration policies, visit MyStatesman.com



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