NCLR Action Network
Keep Texas Safe
All Texans want their communities to be safe. Who doesn’t?
Well, this week, the Texas House of Representatives will consider a bill that could threaten your public safety. That’s right—HB 12, a bill that would ban “sanctuary cities,” could actually prevent local police departments from keeping Texas cities and neighborhoods safe. By requiring them to enforce federal immigration laws, local police would be unable to implement the effective community policing policies that keep our families safe from crime.
The consequences of this bill could be catastrophic. In Texas, the success of our local police departments is based on the trust and cooperation of all members of our community, regardless of their immigration status. For example, Sherriff Richard Wiles of El Paso, a city that has been ranked one of the safest in the nation, said that his agency has “worked years and years to build up that trust,” and “if the people who live in our community are afraid to talk to us, they won’t report crimes when they’re victims or witnesses.” When law enforcement officials are saying something will make us less safe, legislators should listen.
But it’s not too late to speak out. The Texas House of Representatives will vote on HB 12 Friday morning!
Email your state representative below. Tell them to oppose HB 12 and keep your community safe!
Tell your representative to not sacrifice public safety in the name of being tough on immigration. Speak out now and stand up for your safety!