Discussion of ‘Sanctuary Cities’ law on agenda for community meeting
The possible impact of Texas Senate Bill 4 — the socalled “Sanctuary Cities” law — on local businesses, institutions, law enforcement and Hispanic residents will be among the topics discussed during an upcoming community meeting.
The meeting will be held Monday, Dec. 4 at 6:30 p.m.at Annie Sims Elementary School at 1801 East First Street in Mount Pleasant. Mount Pleasant ISD officials and City Councilman Michael McGahee have invited the community to the meeting, which is being sponsored by the Mount Pleasant Tribune.
Senate Bill 4, passed by the Legislature in May, is aimed at banning sanctuary cities. It was intended to set a policy statewide of cooperation with federal authorities that enforce immigration laws.
An ongoing lawsuit has challenged the law’s constitutionality. On Aug. 30, a U.S. District Court in San Antonio granted a preliminary injunction preventing the new law from taking effect. However, a three-judge panel ruled on Sept. 25 that the state could enforce some provisions of Senate Bill 4 while the lawsuit proceeds. A panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit heard arguments in the case on Nov. 7.
The State of Texas is asking that the law be upheld.
Among other topics on the agenda for the Dec. 4 meeting in Mount Pleasant are:
• A presentation by Mount Pleasant police on a state-funded program to ensure access to properly functioning car seats for children.
• A presentation by Michelle Cobern, executive director of CASA of Titus, Camp and Morris Counties, on services available to assist local children — and ways of becoming involved.