Discussion on SB4 and what it means to our diverse community will be discussed at the May 22 meeting of the Indivisible Oak Cliff organization. The meeting is from 6:30-8 at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Oak Cliff, 3839 W. Kiest Blvd., Dallas.
SB4, passed by the Texas legislature and signed into law by Governor Abbott on Sunday, May 7, is a "show me your papers" law that makes it impossible for police chiefs and sheriffs to prevent officers from asking anyone about immigration status when they are lawfully detained -- including during traffic stops. It also requires local law enforcement to comply with an otherwise-voluntary ICE detention program.
There is concern there will be increased racial profiling, a breakdown in trust between the police and the communities they serve, and heightened exploitation and abuse of immigrants as victims are pushed further into the shadows. The law is set to take effect September 1."Penalties include: a fine of up to $25,500 for each day of the violation; a class A misdemeanor for a sheriff, chief of police or constable failing to comply with federal immigrant detainer requests; and removal from office for any elected or appointed official who does not comply with this law.
Indivisible Oak Cliff is an active, progressive, non-partisan movement in United States initiated in 2016. Members of the Oak Cliff chapter were part of the March for Science, they participate with other organizations, and they routinely contact their elected representatives on a variety of issues. The group has members from Oak Cliff and nearby suburbs. Find out more about this organization at the meeting or at https://www.facebook.com/groups/762747637214670.