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insight and information is ignored, it often leads to consequences that might have been averted. eastern, at 8:00 p.m. harvard professor william juliet wilson. >> the citizens do not fully understand the complex forces that are increased, there in cream -- their economic woes. economic insecurities create conditions that are breeding grounds, breeding grounds for racial and ethnic tensions. >> this week at 8:00 p.m. eastern on c-span. a federal district court judge is weighing whether a texas immigration bill known as is constitutional. a hearing was held in san antonio and late june. the texas bill and similar immigration laws around the country were discussed by a panel at the annual conference
of the national association of latino elected and appointed officials in texas on june 24. the speakers include state legislators from texas, arizona, and california as well as several are its -- as well as civil rights attorneys. this is about one hour. [applause] >> as i said yesterday, it's always good to be able to say madam president, just waiting to be able to do that at the white house. but today we are going to focus again on the bill we have talked to you about. i hope you also have your buttons and will wear them for us to spread the word about not only this very bad legislation but also arming ourselves with the information we need to unite ourselves to fighting legislation like this anywhere in any state in any city anywhere in this country.
because only working together will we be able to stop this kind of scapegoating and rhetoric. today, we will focus again on the racial profiling bill that's what i call it. show me yourt the papers bill but it does not matter what we call it because we know what it is. it is targeting our communities. whether it is like what started in california under pete wilson with their proposition or 1070her it's the arizona sb or hours which is sb4, it is bad. call it what you want that it is bad. i have mentioned to you in the opening remarks that we made at the beginning of this conference on thursday that the one thing we have already seen in houston has been the drop in reporting of crimes. remember what i said, already our police chief has frowned that reporting of rape among hispanics is down 42.8%.
the reporting of violent crimes is down by 13%. that is just out of the fear of what the president is doing nationally and knowing that sb4 may come because it is not take too -- it is not going affect until september unless we stop it and that's what we will focus on today. on your program, you saw that dina perales was supposed to be here. ldive has always been there. maldive will be there again and she is preparing for litigation and the hearing is on monday and i plan to be there and a lot of my colleagues from texas will also. elena moreno is sl
and we know that texas is not alone. arizona has been through this. senator of theer time to talk about the arizona experience. we have the state senator from california who will talk about their experience. we have experts to talk about from the professor to a litigator so you will see that our panel will look at different perspectives to make sure we all understand exactly what we are facing and how you might see it in your own community and how to fight back. leading the conversation is professor -- is the professor aom texas and victory is contributor to msnbc, pbs, and cnn as well as a regular political analyst for porto del mundo. she is a fellow at the center
for politics and government -- governance of the lbj school of public repairs -- public affairs. she has been named some debts one of the top 12's colors in the country. this panel will be ready to go. you all make sure you have haveions ready in case we time, we will try to make sure we allow for a little bit about that. please remember, this will impact all of us. it may startthat with that traffic stop because you don't have a taillight. but it could lead to a detainment and ultimate deportation that will lead to a broken family. and all of that will lead to broken faith in our system on the part of our community. let's all work together, let's listen, let's get ready and above everything else, let's unite and fight back. professor? [applause]
>> thank you, senator garcia and thank you all for being here today. professionally, i have been looking at the issue of immigration for well over a decade. but for most of us in this room, immigration is not just another policy issue. it's something deeply personal. it's something that infects us in terms of her children, her siblings. you add onto that what has happened in the last couple of years of immigration policy
becoming even more personal, even more localized. when we look at the arizona sb 1070 or the texas law, this is something that happened beyond us. it's something that happens in our community. in this panel, we are going to take a deep dive into what these laws mean and what these laws mean for us on a day to day basis, how we live our lives, what decisions we make in terms of whether or not we will run an errand or not because we are scared we might get pulled over and second, what are the political implications? what is the long game here question mark where are we going to be as a community as latinos? in two years, five years, in 10 years, is a result of these laws? teacher and so i cannot help but give a lecture when i have a microphone. i will take two minutes of your
time because i think it's really important to understand the context of the history of immigration and emigration policy in this country. the country is 250 years old and we need to context of the histof understand what is happening now in texas in particular factors into that. it's interesting but for the first 100 years of this country, we had a completely open armed policy when it came to immigration. 1800s, wein the late started to see that policy start to constrict, what we call the closing door of immigration and i think this is an important date for us to remember. 1882. it was when the u.s. congress passed the chinese exclusion act. what happened there is a set of precedence in our country
looking to exclude persons based on their race and their ethnicity. and the door to immigration has been closing ever sense but more particularly, it has always been targeted toward one group or another. i joke and a sense that latinos cannot take it personally because, at one time or another, the ancestors of nearly all americans were targets. italians, jewish, irish, now it's latinos. important thing we need to keep in mind when we are talking about immigration is that it is a federal level issue. it's squarely something that should be in the purview of washington, d.c. as we all know here, our immigration system has been broken for a long time and limping along. what has happened then is that our states have taken up the baton and tried to figure out
for better or for worse what to do about immigration. in the mid-1990's, we saw california take its first stab at trying to deal with issues related to immigration. 2010, we a law and in saw a number of states spearheaded by arizona put into place restrictionist immigration laws. today, we see texas doing the same. understanding that yes, this is happening on the local level but it is part of a much bigger constellation of federal level laws that have not worked for us and while we work to change what is going on in our local levels, we cannot move our from what is ?oing on in d.c. with akamai will turn it over to our expert panel which we are lucky to have this morning. let me briefly introduce each of them and then we will start the conversation. to my immediate left is texas
state representative who is the chair of the mexican-american n legal caucus and former naleo chair. aave harris gonzales, lawyer, a partner at law firm focusing on issues related to immigration at the local level formal -- a former senior counsel for immigration rights in the obama administration. last but not least, california , if we can welcome them all with a round of applause please. [applause] let me start with representative
achia. you have been in the trenches so if you can give us a sense of the genesis of sb4 beginning with the legislative session in january and how it moves through the texas legislature to end up being signed by governor greg abbott recently. if i can contextualize it come at the outset of the session in the governor's state of the state speech, he declared quote unquote, sanctuary cities and emergency item. that and ensure that the bill is going to speed through the --cess, receive preferable preference in terms of treatment over other bills and that's exactly what happened. mexican old american legislative caucus in many of my colleagues are here today. they worked really hard to slow down the bill, appeal to the speaker of the house that there's bill would get out of
control on the house side which but the wheelsid of the legislative process were greased for this bill. it spent very little time in procedural committees and despite the fact that in the committee hearing, there were over 600 people who testified against the bill and less than 10 people who testified in favor of the bill, it was shot out of committee and took the house floor very quickly. a paperse passed please bill and the house -- and the house include a provisions that only would trigger the oring of citizenship status lawful presence of there was an arrest. which in our view, minimized the impact -- it's still a bad bill on the pretext of the postal bad but it minimized the damage to our community which was the goal of many of us.
we set of something is going to pass, we want it to impact as few people as possible regardless of what the motivations which i think were impermissible and unlawful. we warned the speaker of the house, every member of the mexican-american caucus, who is a committee chair thomas sent a speaker to not bring this to the floor. the texastion bill on house floor in this political climate where you have a president who calls latinos rip us and criminals will get out of control. that was represented to us that his leadership team would hold and not get out of control but in fact, the minute it hit the house floor, the bill was attacked from the right to make and thes please again members, the gop members of the house, headed for the hills on ultimately voted for the most egregious form of the bill possible. once that occurred, the senate
that billpassed concurred with the house and went straight to the governor who bragged that he was getting his signing ready to go. there was going to be a massive action against the governor at the governor's mansion. that day he was slated to son is so he signed it on a sunday facebookprivate via live as opposed to standing in front of the media, standing in front of members of the public and that's really how this thing went. was a lot of intrigue i could give you but i don't want it to be it to inside baseball. the governor declared as an emergency item despite the fact that virtually 100% of ice detainers are complied with in texas. i'm not saying whether that is good or bad but the study we did showed 99.78 percent of ice detainers are complied with so it was clearly not an emergency.
what it was was an attempt by the governor and numbers of the legislature to put a brown face on an item and use impermissible acts like using race to push a lyrically motivated agenda. when the governor and his state of the state pointed to the most important case you could show, he pointed to a latino immigrant , an undocumented immigrant, who had murdered a woman in texas and said this is exhibit a for why we need this. in fact, that exhibit a had been in ice custody three times and deported three times and because of our broken immigration system murdered someone. the sanctuary cities would not have stopped that case yet it was willie hortonesque. willie horton was a black man used as a political pawn to attack someone. this bill is built on a foundation of lies and racist
pretext and i think that's what made at most a gracious in a state that is 40% latino. >> it's very important to highlight just how much effort was put into trying to stop sb4 first in the senate. i know the house was putting forward every effort they could but as we said, the larger political contacts, not just here in texas but nationally, was just too much of a wave to fight against. this is where i think we moved to a different strategy in this is the legal strategy. once we saw the writing on the going toknew this was pass by governor abbott, we knew it was a foregone conclusion that this was going to be fought in the court. elena, if you can talk to us about the court challenge brought almost immediately and how you see that challenge in the short to medium-term playing out. thank you toll,
the chairman and everybody in the legislature, error allies and over 1000 people came out to speak against sb4 we came up short but we are taking the fight now on monday to federal court in san antonio to block the law before it ever takes effect on september 1. we are proud to represent san cityio, san antonio councilman and three amazing organizational plaintiffs. plaintiffs,er other we will go to court to tell the judge that this will have irreparable harm in our community, to the jurisdiction in the state of texas and this law is unconstitutional and it cannot stand. the chairman mentioned the way the governor signed the bill
into law. the very next day, the governor actually took a playbook -- a page out of the book of governor pete wilson in california but he did not finish reading it until the end because when prop 187 was passed in california, as governorson bennett did, both governors were trying to intimidate our community from standing up in court against this bill. i know that we dry tremendous strength and inspiration from our clients but particularly those that are most vulnerable. they are certainly not intimidated and neither are we as we look forward to the courtroom fight on monday where nina perales will be presenting oral arguments and live witnesses for the court on monday. >> that's a good excuse for why
nina is not here. a law-enforcement officer, you are on the ground, you are seeing firsthand the effect of a law like sb4 where the rubber meets the road. can you talk to us about what you have seen. sb4justification was that was not anti-latino or anti-immigrant but it was about public safety and about making texas safer. are we safer question mark are we not safer? >> in my opinion, this law will make us less safe. i represent harris county which is primarily in the greater houston area. it's the third largest in the country and the largest here the state. law-enforcement officer, to me, it's imperative we work with all communities especially the immigrant community to make sure we are getting information, to make sure we're scything --
solving violent crimes and also making sure they come forward to report. there is a trust factor there and this diminishes that that's what i try to advocate at the state level with our allies. our voices were ignored by the governor, in my opinion and those that passed this law. i think it's important for them to understand that in our diverse community, there is already a sense of fear to begin with. there is already an underreporting of case of family violence, sexual assault and this just makes it worse. we have heard anecdotally or some individuals, some women have said i should never have called out my husband because now he may get deported even though he is beating me. we have heard cases like that. we have heard children say they are worried that the parents will not be able to spit -- to pick them up from school. i am grateful for the the law likecement specialists those who understand the verse commodities who have stood up and advocated against of this.
again, those voices were not heard of many people to feel comfortable and come forward and they can't when we have this kind of law. that's why i have been an office in this role since january and soon after taking office, i ended the 287g in my community [applause] because i knew this type of law again brings negative connotations and there is a fear that's associated with it. instead of is going forward, we're going backward. ashink it's very offensive an elected official, i can run the risk of being arrested and removed from office by not complying with this. i was elected by the people to serve and represent and determine what are the priorities. [applause] what the law enforcement priorities should be for my jurisdiction. i am on the ground i know what's happening -- what happens to local control for stub was elected represent my constituents and we should be
addressing violent crime. this type of law with people being in fear hurts everyone because if there is a latino that was a witness to a crime, now they will be a flight -- they will be afraid to come forward and report those crimes and i am unable to go after the perpetrator or the latino community could be targeted because those predators will know that they will not come forward because they will be afraid. you can also lead to racial profiling because now with any lawful stop, they could be subject to immigration. be immigration officers, we would have signed up to be an immigration. [applause] unfortunate and texas is ground zero right now. >> gabriel, you come at this issue from a very eclectic background. obama in d.c. with the administration in the civil rights division of the education department but back in the 90's, you are in the trenches with
and now the stop 187 you're working with local communities to figure out how to that hasess the fear consumed our community at the national and local level. if you can talk to me about the most effective education policy approaches for policymakers in this room to take back with them when they talk to their constituents are talking to their community members about the fears they have about immigration. sure, i'm a partner at law firm in california that represents the majority of in anddistricts community colleges and after the election of president trump, we had a lot of questions and concerns that were related to to support and protest and document the students. brief our effort to clients and the public about what are the laws that are still
in effect. unfortunately, when you hear pronouncement by the white house or members of the administration , that leads to a lot of confusion and a lot of palpable fear. the main course of business was to ensure that the public new what was in fact still the law. thatminded individuals this is the law of the land. that means any individual cannot be denied visa immigration status to attend a public elementary or secondary school under the equal protection clause of the 14th amendment. this is a case that was brought by the mexican american education fund in 1992 and it's still the law of the land. i want to ensure that everyone in the country understands that. we also have federal immigration laws that are in effect. individuals should not be harassed, bullied,. we want to make sure that individuals knew that was still the law of the land and we can ensure that individual being
discriminated against or harassed, they should know what the policy and procedures are at the school district, at the community college district, at the university so those matters are addressed. we also are concerned about the prospect of ice coming to campus. there are many entities in california that are putting together protocols to ensure that individuals understand that if ice were to come knocking on the door at our school site and our campuses, the protocol is in place that they understand there to limitations and they need work in concert with their president's office, with their not onlyto ensure that civil rights laws are not violated but our constitutional protection. we also wanted to ensure that we still have privacy rights. individual student records are still protected under current conditions. this is incredibly important.
it's about communicating with is what still is in force. unfortunately, sometimes still -- the mere fact that they are teaching our students, doing what they're supposed to do is in violation of the law. this is creating confusion and it's our responsibility as leaders in the committee to ensure that there is constant real-time to medication with individuals across the nation to let them know we are still fighting for rights that still the constitution or the courtroom or whether it has to do with civil rights and that's what we have been doing across the state on ongoing basis, anding with organizations leaders like the senator. climate of fear, misinformation tends to multiply itself. it's hard to already grasp and then you add the fear. thank you. a supervisor gallardo, fellow arizonan.
we are seven years out from arizona sb1070 which came on the heels of the tea party movement and really held the banner for this larger trend in localized anti-immigrant laws we have seen. theyou talk to us about good, the bad, and the ugly that has resulted in the past couple of years since sb 1070 was signed into law question mark >> let me start off by saying that the governor of texas and the lieutenant governor who continue to want to push or pass the bill, if they do not think there is an economic boycott around the corner, they are fooling themselves. they are living in never never land. [applause] my fellowion to texans is to be aggressive.
the author of senate bill 1070 was removed from office a year and a half later. [applause] we made it a point. he was target number one. he represented the most redist legislative district in the state of arizona. point that we were going to make an example of this individual. we knew we would not be able to beat him with another democratic candidate but we thought another republican candidate who is sympathetic to our needs, we invested millions of dollars and we removed that senator from elected office. [applause] taxes, don't wait for the courts. is a lot of positions you can take in order to push back. otherwise, they will continue. to 2004, we had
our own senate till, proposition 187, it was prop 200. we waited to see what the courts did. later on, they came up with proposition 300 and targeted our dreamers and then we had proposition 100, 1 01, employer sanctions, we did english only three times in arizona and then bill 1070. senate you have to push back, you have to be aggressive, you have to be bold and brave. favorite congressman is from arizona. right after senate bill 1070 said itwent on cnn and is time to boycott the state of arizona. this out here --
since that, we have not had any anti-latinont or legislation introduced or past out of the arizona legislature over the last seven years. [applause] a lot of that was because of the actions we talked as a community to get more engaged. a program to be more aggressive in our elections. we started building relationships with allies we have never had before. i am a progressive liberal gay labor senator. [applause] i had no interest in meeting with a lot of groups, particularly some of the business groups. it pushed me to say, wait a minute, we need a bill that alliances with these groups. where is the business community on senate bill 4?
where are they? it is their elected members, let's be honest, it's republicans that are pushing these types of bills. supporters strongest of many of the republican elected officials? it's the business community. why aren't they stepping up and saying wait a minute, knock it off? right after senate bill 1070, we had 60 ceos in the state of arizona send a letter to the republican caucus telling them to knock it off. not only are you damaging the reputation of arizona but you are hurting our economy. $250 million in tourism. i think it's more than that. it has created a black cloud over the state of verizon a. it's going to take us forever -- over the state of arizona. it's going to take us forever to get over.
we need allies in many to reach out to folks we've never reached out to before and get them on board. tellhave to be able to those handful of republicans that want to continue to push this that we are not going to stand for it. we will not accept it and we will push back, let it be from an economic standpoint or a political standpoint but you've got to make a point. to not justurage wait to the court, be aggressive, goes after those politicians. you don't have to chalice them with a democrat but challenge them with a republican, get them out of office. [applause] thank you for highlighting that this is a battle that has to be fought on many fronts and that also politics makes for strange bedfellows. we need to embrace that. close to 25 years
since prop 187. many thought for a while that it was going to be the exception that confirmed the rule that states were not going to get involved and now we see that they have in fact. has passed,e that we have seen big changes in california politically and demographically so you can you talk to us about how prop 187 affected latinos politically but also the larger dynamic in california since then? >> first, i would like to say on behalf of the california latino population, we stand in solidarity with our colleagues from texas. we were watching closely what was happening here. we offer any help we can from california. 187 is very bittersweet for us. i don't think gabriel and i would be here sitting if it were
not -- if it were not for prop seven. many politicized the large group of us that thought we were all white. we are american. all of a sudden, no, you are not like us. parents that visited the country is undocumented immigrants in our a put a face , put a face to this. you have a much more informed electorate in the latino community. that does not mean there is bill theety and fear given administration. something that is very critical in california was that the proposition was passed to create independent redistricting commission will stop
it took the redistricting power out of the politicians in sacramento and into a board and many of us were very concerned. we were -- i was a member of the house of the time. is creative and fair districts that became much more competitive. even in the republican district in california, i don't think one single legislative district does not have over 30% latinos. it has helped make more moderate republicans and even some of our democratic colleagues much more confident the gnome -- that not only they can get reelected but these are the right issues to attack. california has completely embraced immigration law. we have taken it upon ourselves to write our legislation regardless of what happens at the federal level. we are moving our century state bill, we are moving bills to whicht our databases in
we provide services like health care and education and so on. we will not wait for the federal government for anything. a place ofng from being the fifth largest economy in the world. we know that we have the responsibility to engage in andcy and arizona and texas help any college to go through what we went through 20 years ago. i agree with their supervisor that we need to attack this on multiple fronts and be unapologetic of who we are as a community and be unapologetic [applause] fact that some of us are undocumented and there should be no shame in that. and this goes beyond any border. to engage be able fully and other states seeing this and continue to push back at every level of government. >> thank you, what i want to
highlight from the senator is the battle front of the redistricting. this is something we may not immediately think of the we are coming up on another redistricting in texas, we have had a lot of gerrymandering. battlefront would be not getting other districts gerrymandered. >> it provides further context for sb4. the week before sb4 came to the floor, a sixth federal court decision came down finding intentional discrimination by the state of texas and either photo id legislation or redistricting to put it in further stark relief, we are were in illegal maps that originally drawn in 2013.
discriminatory intent and not democratically appointed judges but also republican appointed judges in three different courts in washington, d.c.. when you think about where we are on sb4, you have to see it against the discriminatory that the six federal court decisions have found and that's important. as latinos were being impacted not only by sb4 but gerrymandered lines that disenfranchise us across the lines. we cannot assume that our latino community understands what the senate bill is about. >> i can almost guarantee that generationurth families that will look at it or hear or read in the paper that that does not affect me.
i am a third or fourth generation latino. why do i care question mark the fact is, you cannot implement senate bill 4 without racially profiling. thinks it is only our immigrant brothers and sisters, thesorry, we sought in state of arizona with our sheriff who was pulling over anyone who looked brown regardless. it is going to be the third or fourth generation latinos were going to be pulled over, they will be detained, they will be questioned. they will have their rights violated. and that is the message we need to send to the entire community, inform them what senate bill 4 is all about. it's attacking everybody. you cannot implement it without racially profiling. >> picking up from the arizona experience and you mentioned this earlier, where is the
business community? we know there was a battle within the republican party. talk to us -- how was the chamber of commerce emblems able to shrink away question mark >> 011 a papers please bill passed the house and senate and they were doing discriminatory gerrymandering. the difference was that the business committee showed up at the end of the session and into special sessions and said this has to stop. you have the largest homebuilders in the state, perry homes out of houston, the largest -- the ceo of the largest grocery store chain in the states and we are not doing this. it died a quiet death. this time around, the big difference was that the business community was unable to fight the two front war. i have been very critical of
this unity in texas. they were so focused on the bathroom bill that while andriminatory was horrible negative for the state of texas, the impact to be very clear, it was a much smaller cohort of people sb4. sb4 impacts conceivably 40% of the population but they were unable to do it. they were successful so far on the bathroom bill. they were going in on the 18th of july for the bathroom bill but they could not fight a two front war. they completely collapsed and were ineffective and some of ,hem like the texas farm bureau i think the farm bureau, the farmers need immigrant label in the state may actually put a card in for the papers please bill on the senate side and that is inexcusable and unforgivable. >> we would be remiss if we did
not talk about the politics and the political chess game here. it was no coincidence in arizona that then governor jan brewer was losing and she latched onto this immigrant proposition in 2010. same thing in california, governor pete wilson and you go back to the 1800s and back to the early 1900s. any time you had a politician, an elected official that was floundering, they would look to boatration as a life because it drums up so much emotion and passion. we saw a lot of that here in texas as well with governor abbott feeling heat from the right flank. we cannot divorce the issue of -- of the political chess game from this. do you want to jump in? >> you have to hold the business community accountable. the fact is, they are reaping the benefits of undocumented labor. so hold making money
them accountable. i think that's where organizations in texas, national organizations you look at in texas, there is an economic type effort is needed here. this is what got the business committee's attention in arizona when we have an economic boycott. we lost millions of dollars in tourism. there was a similar hands-off and arizona. you have to send that message. [applause] listen toommunities their pocketbooks and when you hit them in their pocketbooks, that's when they wake up. they will not send a letter to the republican caucus saying knock it off similar to what they did in arizona. 60 ceos sent a letter a year told senate bill 1070 and the legislature to knock it off,
you're hurting arizona, you're hurting our economy, your damaging our reputation. arizona. you have to engage the business community. using the point in immigration issue -- it's very easy to do that. regardless of which generation are vulnerable folks. this is why it's critical for us to be unapologetic about owning our immigrant story, now more than ever. even in your own social circles, being very upfront about the issue. this is why politicians use it latinos, widow like to talk politics, we don't like to talk about our own stories even with their own parents talking about their immigration stories but this is why we need to take a playbook from our lgbt community. we are very upfront about who we are.
we know that if you meet somebody who is openly gay, that changes your perspective. we are your neighbors. we are your colleagues and coworkers. we as latinos need to not accuse anybody from talking ill about immigrants or about latinos. we tend to shy away from these conversations but we need to be more upfront and apollo -- an unapologetic about who we are. when you understand who we are, you understand that about your neighbors. we care about the economy. there talking about economic impact. when i landed here, our attorney is on our patronized list. the governor called me last night, what are you doing in taxes. i said at the moment, i'm learning how to to step -- how to ptwo-step and i failed miserably. [laughter]
it behooves us to have other states weigh in. the fact is now no one from our can attend conferences in texas or mississippi or alabama. this is a coordinated effort for us to push back as well and to be able to demonstrate that we are an economic engine, that latinos contribute to the economy and be able to demonstrate that by hurting folks temporarily were matters the most which is their pocketbook and understanding we have an additional perspective and support our legislative colleagues in them -- and empower them to push at every level of government here. there is light at the end of the tunnel. california was that place before and to see how far we have come, to be able to demonstrate that you can have the most inclusive and the skypolicy
will not end, you'll will continue to be an economic powerhouse in the world. by demonstrating that inclusive policies work. we incorporate everyone and everyone continues to be part of the post-american dream. let one election or one bill determine who we are as americans and the we are as latinos. we need to continue to push and support every effort to defeat this in texas and anywhere where it rears its ugly head. there are a lot of lessons to be learnt so let's look to arizona, let's look to california, but i think your point about looking to the lgbtq playbook is incredibly important. look at how other commodities who have been repressed have followed suit. i want to turn to the topic of what's going on on the ground level. sheriff, you hope for the best and you prepare for the worst.
let's say september 1 rolls around and sb4 goes into effect -- what can law enforcement departments across the state do to mitigate the effects of sb4 in the community? >> one of the things we can do that continue to reinforce -- i i agree with the supervisor that racial profiling will still creep up in this because of the latino community being targeted -- that we reinforce that racial profiling is not allowed and to create a policy where i make sure that the deputies document why they are asking and to identify the probable cause and documentingey are in a report what their purpose was. what was the cause for asking and was the documentation so i can better understand and see who is really out there.
they should be focused on other police priorities instead of ice agent. many sheriffs and chiefs of talked about that. may i highlight something to rip off the sheriff? the first time in texas history you have spanish surname sheriffs elected throughout the state in austin, and harris county, houston, here in dallas and throughout the valley. coincidence that this papers please bill creates a provision that allows the state government and the attorney general to remove democratically elected spanish surname sheriffs from office if they fail to comply with this papers please bill? i don't think it's any coincidence.
county and el paso county in travis county in dallas county, spanish surname latino sheriffs that are democratically elected in these one-timeas that were strongholds and they are getting elected so boom, with all of a sudden we see a bill the can remove them. >> to add more to that, we are seeing a difference between the major urban law enforcement leaders and the rural ones. we have more diverse communities. houston is recognized as the most racially diverse community now in the country. the l.a. times had an article in may talking about this. hundreds of languages are spoken. safety.k about before meonly county taking office that was involved.
the only sheriff in the state out of 254 counties, no be else had it. they could have signed up for any part of this if it was about safety. the new presidential administration and other things now theening and smaller municipalities are looking to sign on. where was the fear before? what is this trying to solve? if you want to solve these issues, we need tougher immigration reform, not put unfunded mandates at the local level. [laughter] [applause] i don't think that is the issue here. what they'reactly talking about, it's a violation of the voting rights act of 1965 and i think that will -- is what we will be arguing monday in court. these are what they're talking about, it's a violation of the voting rights folks thaty elected often by a latino majority district. part of what the voting rights act does is it supposed to read
-- to protect the choice, the candidates of their choice. when latinos elect somebody, that is the very purpose of thevra. you cannot just thwart the will of the voters. it's governor greg abbott. [applause] >> it's a very important point that the attack on the immigrant community is being waived by the republican administration here in the state on multiple fronts. we will have to fight it on multiple fronts. fear back to this theme of that is pervasive, what are the tools and the information that superintendent, folks who work in the administration of community colleges can take back with them especially in light of the threat. there have been a lot of threats of funding being removed from the federal government, dollars.al what can you tell these
administrators? fortunately in california, we have individuals working together from the governor to the attorney general, we have nonprofits nonprofits with a structure there. they are all working together. >> we're going to leave the three quarters program now as the house devils in -- gavels in briefly. no legislative business is expected. m the speaker. the clerk: the speaker's rooms, washington, d.c., july 3, 2017, i appoint alexander x. mooney to act as speaker pro tempore on this day, signed paul d. ryan, speaker of the house of representatives. the speaker pro tempore: the prayer will be offered by our chaplain, father conroy.