Said Bishop Joe Vásquez of the Catholic Diocese of Austin, representing the Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops, “We reject the premise that persons who are merely suspected of being undocumented immigrants should be rounded up by state and local police agents.”
TMO leader Rev. Fred Clarkson, with the Network of Texas IAF Organizations, spoke in opposition to Senate Bill 4 which would punish so-called ‘sanctuary cities’ by withholding state funding and forcing law enforcement to act as immigration agents.
“This bill requires local police and sheriff’s deputies to enforce federal immigration laws as if their job of maintaining public order and the public safety weren’t difficult enough as it is,” said John Elford, senior pastor of University United Methodist Church and member of Austin Interfaith.
[In photo, Austin Catholic Bishop Joe Vasquez speaks, surrounded by religious leaders of the Network of Texas IAF Organizations.]
Press Release, Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops