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​Bishops disappointed by House passage of SB 4, ‘anti-sanctuary cities’ legislation

April 27, 2017 | posted by Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops

Topics: Breaking News


Bishops disappointed by House passage of SB 4, ‘anti-sanctuary cities’ legislation

Law will have negative impact on migrants in Texas

The Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops (TCCB) is disappointed by the Texas House’s vote to pass SB 4, which will punish local police officers if they do not fully cooperate with detainer requests issued by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). SB 4 would also allow local peace officers to inquire into the legal status of people who are arrested or detained.

The bishops commented on the last-minute amendment which allows police to inquire into the status of detained persons, in addition to those who are arrested: “We are deeply disappointed that the House revised SB 4 to include people who have committed no crime that merits arrest or citation,” said Bishop Joe Vásquez of Austin, who also serves as chair of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration and Refugee Services. “This will not help peace officers build trust with the migrant community, which is critical to keeping all our communities safe.”

Acknowledging governments have the right and responsibility to maintain their borders, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of the Galveston-Houston Archdiocese added, “Immigration law should be enforced in a way that is targeted, proportional and humane. This bill does not meet the standard.”

“Immigrants who come to this country to work or to flee violence are not a threat to our safety,” explained Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller, MSpS. “Sadly, this legislation will suppress their ability to contribute to our society and economy, and as a matter of principle, the unity of families must be safeguarded.”

The bishops expressed gratitude for the legislators who lead the opposition to the bill, as well as Catholics and others from throughout the state who opposed it. “Thousands of Catholics joined with fellow Texans to testify, rally and encourage their representatives to stop this legislation,” explained Jennifer Carr Allmon, executive director of the TCCB. “We thank those who have taken a principled stance in solidarity with immigrants, and who have worked so hard in this cause.”

The Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops is the association of the Roman Catholic bishops of Texas. Through the TCCB, the bishops provide a moral and social public policy voice that includes monitoring all legislation pertaining to Catholic moral and social teaching; accredit the state's Catholic schools; and maintain records that reflect the work and the history of the Catholic Church in Texas.

Obispos decepcionados por la aprobación de la legislación SB 4, ‘anti ciudades santuario’

La ley impactará negativamente a los migrantes en Texas

La Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de Texas está decepcionada por el voto de la Cámara de Representantes de Texas para aprobar la iniciativa SB 4, que castiga a los oficiales de policía locales si no cooperan plenamente con las solicitudes de detención emitidas por el Servicio de Inmigración y Aduanas (ICE). La SB 4 también permitiría a los agentes de paz locales aplicar la ley federal de inmigración.

Reconociendo que los gobiernos tienen el derecho y la responsabilidad de cuidar sus fronteras, el Cardenal Daniel DiNardo, de la Arquidiócesis de Galveston-Houston, añadió: “La ley de inmigración debe ser aplicada de manera objetiva, proporcional y humana. Este proyecto de ley no cumple con ese estándar”.

“Los inmigrantes que vienen a este país a trabajar o huyendo de la violencia no son una amenaza para nuestra seguridad”, explicó el Arzobispo Gustavo García Siller, MSpS. “Tristemente esta legislación eliminará su capacidad de contribuir a nuestra sociedad y economía, y por principio, la unidad de las familias debe ser salvaguardada”.

Los obispos comentaron la enmienda de última hora que permite a la policía investigar el estatus de los detenidos, además de los que han sido arrestados: "Estamos profundamente decepcionados de que la Cámara haya revisado la SB 4 para incluir a personas que no hayan cometido delito alguno que amerite detención o citación", dijo el obispo Joe Vásquez, de Austin, quien también preside el Comité de Migración y Refugiados de la Conferencia de los Obispos Católicos de Estados Unidos. "Esto no ayudará a los oficiales de paz a generar confianza con la comunidad migrante, lo cual es fundamental para mantener seguras a todas nuestras comunidades".

La Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de Texas (TCCB, por sus siglas en inglés) es la asociación de los Obispos católicos de Texas. A través de la TCCB, los Obispos ofrecen una voz en materia de moral y políticas públicas sociales, lo cual incluye el seguimiento de toda la legislación que concierne a la doctrina moral y social católica; acreditan a las escuelas católicas en el estado, y mantienen registros que reflejan el trabajo y la historia de la Iglesia Católica en Texas.