Why SB223 Needs a Hearing: “Texas Troopers Turn Traffic Stops into Deportations”

Senate Bill 223, which would prohibit local and state authorities from using resources like personnel and databases to assist with national immigration enforcement, is currently without a scheduled hearing with just 84 days left in session.

Nationally, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has widened their net to include non-violent, non-criminal undocumented immigrants. And they’re calling on state resources to assist them.

From the Texas Observer article “How Texas State Troopers Turn Routine Traffic Stops into Deportations”:

The brothers, unauthorized Mexican immigrants with clean criminal records, had lived in Austin for several years, working construction jobs to support their families in the Mexican state of Guanajuato. Two days before, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) had launched a series of Austin-area raids that netted at least 51 arrests of mostly non-criminals.

According to a ticket obtained by the Observer, State Trooper Daniel Gonzalez Jr. pulled the brothers over near the Williamson County line for a broken tail light at around 1 p.m. After the brothers provided Mexican ID cards, Gonzalez contacted ICE and put the brothers in handcuffs. About 15 minutes later, ICE agents loaded the pair into a van and took them to the federal building downtown. Within 30 hours, they’d been deported to Nuevo Laredo, Mexico.

Nevada has the opportunity to stand up and say, ‘No.’ We have the opportunity to say, ‘No,’ and protect our undocumented neighbors and friends. We need our elected leaders at the Nevada Legislature stand with us and say, ‘No raids in Nevada.’

Call your state Senator (find their contact info here). Tweet them. Mail them a postcard and send a carrier pigeon. Tell them you support #NoBanNoWallNoRaids in Nevada, and you want a hearing for SB223!

Click here to read more on SB223.

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