One City is Not Completely Sold on Texas Senate Bill 4 Police Powers

Tom Handy
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This week, Texas legislators passed Senate Bill 4 which is headed to Governor Greg Abbott’s signature. The bill has the support of Congress and the Governor, but some local leaders are not fully on board. 

San Antonio is worried about the additional costs this bill might cause according to The San Antonio Report. Last year, the city paid about $300,000 for a lawsuit against General Attorney Ken Paxton.

In the past, San Antonio has complied with Texas laws and regulations concerning migrants and illegal immigrants. This new law would require local police to detain illegal immigrants and send them back to Mexico

Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar said according to the San Antonio Report:

“I just don’t see us going out and becoming shock troops for immigration laws. There are still laws against racial profiling. … I don’t think that we would ever get to a point realistically where we’re just gonna start randomly approaching people [to check their papers]. We don’t have time for that.”

San Antonio Police Department Deputy Chief Jesse Salame said without providing his complete thoughts on the Senate Bill:

“The city’s going to review potential operational impacts [of the legislation]. We’re still unpacking it.”

A Bear County analysis said:

“Because the bill waives the State of Texas’ tort limits, the larger issue is that it requires taxpayers to cover indemnification costs for law enforcement officers at a cost that cannot be estimated, it will be astronomical.” 

Then one organization is prepared to fight the new bill. The American Civil Liberties Union of Texas said they are prepared to take legal action against Governor Abbott if he signs the bill according to Spectrum News. 

The ACLU said on X, formerly Twitter:

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Senate Bill 4 could run into more issues other than the country of Mexico which disagrees with the new bill according to The Texas Tribune.

What do you think about the added costs of the new bill?


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