Bexar Co., city leaders voice concerns about 'sanctuary city' bill

A demonstration was held in front of the Bexar County Courthouse, voicing concern that ending sanctuary cities would be bad for law enforcement and crime victims.

SAN ANTONIO - Bexar County and city leaders are asking Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to veto Senate Bill 4, the bill that bans so-called "sanctuary cities."

It would allow law enforcement to ask about a person's immigration status, and officers could be put behind bars for up to a year if they fail to comply.

Government officials, law enforcement and religious leaders came together Friday morning outside of the Bexar County Courthouse to voice their concerns, including Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar.

"We don't have racial profiling issues here [in San Antonio]," Salazar said. "I'm afraid this is going to create that."

Salazar said he is worried about the further division the bill would create between undocumented immigrants and his deputies.

"There's already a mistrust with law enforcement," he said. "This is going to make that a bigger mistrust."

Some San Antonio residents agree, like Arturo Diaz. He held signs and chanted in protest to the bill.

"It's forcing the police officers to be racist and to enforce racist legislation," he said. "We're against that, and we support our police officers."

Gov. Abbott has pledged to sign the bill, prompting Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff to send a letter to the governor's office.

In it, he writes he hopes Abbott will veto SB4.

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