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State of Texas
State Senator José Menéndez Protests Erroneous Lawsuit Against City of San Antonio by State Attorney General
News Release
Tuesday, December 04, 2018

San Antonio, Texas -  State Senator José Menéndez joins government leaders, city law enforcement and legal advocates in an outpouring of opposition to the Texas Attorney General's frivolous lawsuit that accuses the City of San Antonio of violating State Senate Bill 4, known as the “anti-sanctuary cities” law. 

Paxton is trying to squeeze several million dollars in penalties from the city, where San Antonio 

police, followed a clear policy of not discriminating against potential victims of human smuggling regardless of their national origin or race. SAPD officers do not turn over someone to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) unless there is a deportation order for that person. In doing so, they follow the rights of all people in this country under the U.S. Constitution. Furthermore, immigration arrests by local police are unconstitutional and federal immigration officials have not complained about their interactions with our SAPD.

The following quote is attributed to Senator José Menéndez:

"It is a disgrace for the state’s top attorney to distort the requirements and range of a state law’s provisions far beyond what is guaranteed under the U.S. Constitution. Furthermore, Mr. Paxton does not speak for ICE or federal authorities on policies and procedures related to migrants he dehumanizes as “aliens.” While there are numerous other issues which the Attorney General should focus on, this latest lawsuit solely aims to intimidate local officials and immigrants into forfeiting their rights."

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