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01/30/2017 Action Alert: Urge Senators to Oppose “Anti-Sanctuary City” Legislation

Submitted by Sean Hennigan on Mon, 01/30/2017 - 8:05am

ACTION ALERT: This week, the Senate State Affairs Committee will take public testimony on Senate Bill 4, known as the “anti-sanctuary cities” bill. This bill, and other bills like it, would impose new requirements on local law enforcement agencies to enforce federal immigration laws. The bill includes whistleblower provisions and includes fiscal sanctions against local governments that fail to comply.  


Opponents of SB 4 say the bill takes authority away from local law enforcement agencies and would diminish the ability of local law enforcement to make the best decisions to keep their communities safe. In particular, opponents stress that the bill would discourage the reporting of crimes by individuals who fear they, their family members, or their associates could become caught up in immigration enforcement if they come forward.

ACTION ALERT: This week, the Senate State Affairs Committee will take public testimony on Senate Bill 4, known as the “anti-sanctuary cities” bill. This bill, and other bills like it, would impose new requirements on local law enforcement agencies to enforce federal immigration laws. The bill includes whistleblower provisions and includes fiscal sanctions against local governments that fail to comply.


A list of toll free numbers for each member of the Senate State Affairs Committee is attached to this week's action alert. Using the toll free numbers allow Texas Impact staff to track how many calls are going in to each office.

Sample Script

Hello, my name is                   and I live in ___________. I am calling to thank Senator     __  for his/her service this Legislative Session and to let you know that I and members of my congregation are praying for the Representative/Senator and his/her staff.

As a person of faith (or clergy) I want to urge Senator _______________ to oppose Senate Bill 4, which is an unwarranted and potentially dangerous intrusion by the state into local law enforcement agencies and their ability to keep the peace locally. (If your congregation has a relationship with local law enforcement—for example if you have met with them to go over your open carry posting options or if you ever interact with them regarding homeless or mentally ill community members, you could mention that and point out how important it is for the community to have a trusting relationship with law enforcement.)

I know you will be hearing public testimony on Senate Bill 4 on Thursday, and I urge you to oppose the bill and other, similar pieces of legislation.  

Don’t forget to thank the staff member you are talking to at the end of the call, even if you disagree with their boss on the issue or bill—they are working hard and appreciate being appreciated!

In the past members have occasionally blocked our toll free number because of high call volume from people of faith. We want them to hear your voice, so if you call twice and received busy signals, email engagement@texasimpact.org and we will update the number.

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