Support Bills to Weaken or Repeal SB 4 (“Show Your Papers”)

April 16

ACTION

There are 3 bills being heard in the House State Affairs Committee on Wednesday, April 17, that would weaken or repeal SB 4 (the “show me your papers” bill) from 2017. Contact members of the committee to ask them to approve bills HB 445, HB 652, and HB 2266 for a vote in the full house.

Suggested text when calling:

My name is {name} and I am a Texan who lives in {town/district}. (Or, “I am a constituent who lives in {town}” if you live in their district). I am calling to ask Representative _____ to vote HB 445, HB 652, and HB 2266 out of committee. SB 4 from 2017 erodes local control and damages trust between local law enforcement and the communities they serve. It is causing crimes to go unreported because victims and witnesses fear attracting attention from ICE. Please let local law enforcement focus on enforcing local law.

Texas House, State Affairs Committee:
Dade Phelan (Dist 21), Chair, (512) 463-0706/(409) 745-2777
Ana Hernandez (Dist 143, Vice Chair, (512) 463-0614/(713) 675-8596
Joe Deshotel (Dist 41), (512) 463-0662/(409) 982-6266
R. D. “Bobby” Guerra (Dist 41), (512) 463-0578/(956) 292-0407
Sam Harless (Dist 126), (512) 463-0496
Justin Holland (Dist 33), (512) 463-0484
Todd Hunter (Dist 21), (512) 463-0672/(361) 949-4603
Phil King (Dist 61), (512) 463-0738/(512) 463-0738
Tan Parker (Dist 63), (512) 463-0688/(972) 724-8477
Richard Peña Raymond (Dist 42), (512) 463-0558/(956) 753-7722
Eddie Rodriguez (Dist 51), (512) 463-0674/(512) 463-0674
John T. Smithee (Dist 86), (512) 463-0702/(806) 372-3327
Drew Springer (Dist 68), (512) 463-0526/(940) 580-1770

BACKGROUND

Media coverage:

https://www.texastribune.org/2018/03/14/texas-sanctuary-cities-law-opponents-say-theyre-down-not-/

https://www.npr.org/2017/05/25/529513771/new-immigration-crackdowns-creating-chilling-effect-on-crime-reporting

Ask for hearing on HB 1217 (Immigration)

March 25

ACTION

Contact House State Affairs Committee Chair Phelan or your Representative on the Committee to ask for hearings on HB1217, which would strengthen communities by supporting local law authorities to best address the needs of their local community.

Suggested text {when calling…}:

My name is {name} and I am a Texan who lives in {town/district} (or, I am a constituent who lives in {town} if you live in HD 21, Phelan’s HD). I am calling to ask Representative ___ to hold a hearing in the State Affairs Committee on HB 1217. This bill would strengthen communities by supporting local law authorities to best address the needs of their local community.

Texas House, State Affairs Committee:
Dade Phelan (Dist 21), Chair, (512) 463-0706/(409) 745-2777
Ana Hernandez (Dist 143, Vice Chair, (512) 463-0614/(713) 675-8596
Joe Deshotel (Dist 41), (512) 463-0662/(409) 982-6266
R. D. “Bobby” Guerra (Dist 41), (512) 463-0578/(956) 292-0407
Sam Harless (Dist 126), (512) 463-0496
Justin Holland (Dist 33), (512) 463-0484
Todd Hunter (Dist 21), (512) 463-0672/(361) 949-4603
Phil King (Dist 61), (512) 463-0738/(512) 463-0738
Tan Parker (Dist 63), (512) 463-0688/(972) 724-8477
Richard Peña Raymond (Dist 42), (512) 463-0558/(956) 753-7722
Eddie Rodriguez (Dist 51), (512) 463-0674/(512) 463-0674
John T. Smithee (Dist 86), (512) 463-0702/(806) 372-3327
Drew Springer (Dist 68), (512) 463-0526/(940) 580-1770

BACKGROUND

Bill details

https://billtrack50.com/BillDetail/1045607
https://capitol.texas.gov/BillLookup/Text.aspx?LegSess=86R&Bill=HB1217

Note: Companion bill is HB 1217

Media Coverage

https://www.texastribune.org/2018/03/14/texas-sanctuary-cities-law-opponents-say-theyre-down-not-/
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/15/us/texas-sanctuary-sb4-immigration.html
https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/06/texas-sb4-immigration-enforcement/529194/
https://www.statesman.com/news/20170418/texas-sheriffs-sb4-burdens-law-enforcement-local-taxpayers

Ask for hearing on SB 166 (Immigration)

March 25

ACTION

Contact Senate State Affairs Committee Chair Huffman or your Senator on the Committee to ask for hearings on SB 166.

Suggested text {when calling…}:

My name is {name} and I am a Texan who lives in {town/district} (or, I am a constituent who lives in {town} if you live in SD 17, Huffman’s SD). I am {writing/calling} to ask you to support a hearing on SB 166, which would strengthen communities by supporting local, appropriate help that suits the needs of the local community.

Texas Senate, State Affairs Committee:
Joan Huffman (R Dist 17), Chair, 512.463.0117
Bryan Hughes (R Dist 1), Vice Chair, 512.463.0101
Brian Birdwell (R Dist 22), 512.463.0122
Brandon Creighton (R Dist 4), 512.463.0104
Pat Fallon (R Dist 20), 512.463.0130
Bob Hall (R Dist 2), 512.463.0102
Eddie Lucio, Jr. (D Dist 27), 512.463.0127
Jane Nelson (R Dist 12), 512.463.0112
Judith Zaffirini (D Dist 21), 512.463.0121

BACKGROUND

Bill Details

https://billtrack50.com/BillDetail/993803
https://capitol.texas.gov/BillLookup/text.aspx?LegSess=86R&Bill=SB166

Note: Companion bill is HB 1217

Media Coverage

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/15/us/texas-sanctuary-sb4-immigration.html
https://www.texastribune.org/2018/03/14/texas-sanctuary-cities-law-opponents-say-theyre-down-not-/
https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/06/texas-sb4-immigration-enforcement/529194/
https://www.statesman.com/news/20170418/texas-sheriffs-sb4-burdens-law-enforcement-local-taxpayers

Support Hearings on SB 167 and SB 168 (Immigration)

March 18

ACTION

Contact Senate State Affairs Committee or your Senator on the Committee to ask for hearings on SB 167 and SB 168, regarding immigration.

Suggested text {when calling…}:

My name is {name} and I am a Texan who lives in {town/district}. I am {writing/calling} to ask you to support having a hearing on SB 167 and SB 168. These bills would keep communities safe because they support the local agencies who best understand and can protect their communities.

Texas Senate, State Affairs Committee:
Joan Huffman (R Dist 17), Chair, 512.463.0117
Bryan Hughes (R Dist 1), Vice Chair, 512.463.0101
Brian Birdwell (R Dist 22), 512.463.0122
Brandon Creighton (R Dist 4), 512.463.0104
Pat Fallon (R Dist 20), 512.463.0130
Bob Hall (R Dist 2), 512.463.0102
Eddie Lucio, Jr. (D Dist 27), 512.463.0127
Jane Nelson (R Dist 12), 512.463.0112
Judith Zaffirini (D Dist 21), 512.463.0121

BACKGROUND

Bill details

SB 167
https://billtrack50.com/BillDetail/993875
https://capitol.texas.gov/tlodocs/86R/billtext/html/SB00167I.htm

SB 168
https://billtrack50.com/BillDetail/993974
https://capitol.texas.gov/tlodocs/86R/billtext/html/SB00168I.htm

Additional info/articles

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/15/us/texas-sanctuary-sb4-immigration.html
https://www.texastribune.org/2018/03/14/texas-sanctuary-cities-law-opponents-say-theyre-down-not-/
https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/06/texas-sb4-immigration-enforcement/529194/

Support a hearing on HB 2266 (policing/immigration)

March 18, 2019

ACTION

Contact Rep. Dade Phelan  (512) 463-0706 to ask for a hearing on HB 2266.

Suggested script or text:

My name is {name} and I am a Texan who lives in {town/district}. (Or, “I am a constituent who lives in {town}” if you live in HD-21). I am calling {writing} to ask Representative Phelan to hold a hearing in the State Affaris Committee on HB 2266. HB 2266 would repeal certain provisions of SB 4, a law that erodes local control and damages trust between local law enforcement and the communities they serve. It is causing crimes to go unreported because victims and witnesses fear attracting attention from ICE. Let’s pass HB 2266 and let local law enforcement focus on enforcing local law.

BACKGROUND

Bill details

https://capitol.texas.gov/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=86R&Bill=HB2266
https://billtrack50.com/BillDetail/1079657

Media coverage:

https://www.texastribune.org/2018/03/14/texas-sanctuary-cities-law-opponents-say-theyre-down-not-/
https://www.npr.org/2017/05/25/529513771/new-immigration-crackdowns-creating-chilling-effect-on-crime-reporting

Support a State Affairs Committee hearing on SB 672 (policing/immigration)

March 18, 2019

ACTION

Call or write to Sen. Joan Huffman (512) 463-0117 to ask for a hearing on SB 672.

Suggested script or text:

My name is {name} and I live in {town/district}. (Or, if you live in SD 17, “I am a constituent who lives in {town}.”) I am calling {or writing} to ask Sen. Huffman to hold a hearing on SB 672 in the State Affairs Committee.
SB 672 would repeal certain provisions of SB 4, a law that erodes local control and damages trust between local law enforcement and the communities they serve. It is causing crimes to go unreported because victims and witnesses fear attracting attention from ICE. Let’s pass SB 672 and let local law enforcement focus on enforcing local law.

BACKGROUND

Bill Details

https://capitol.texas.gov/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=86R&Bill=HBSB672
https://billtrack50.com/BillDetail/1057137

Media coverage

https://www.texastribune.org/2018/03/14/texas-sanctuary-cities-law-opponents-say-theyre-down-not-/
https://www.npr.org/2017/05/25/529513771/new-immigration-crackdowns-creating-chilling-effect-on-crime-reporting

Website for the Texas Legislature. Provides information on legislation, committees, house, and senate.

https://capitol.texas.gov/home.aspx?LegSess=86R&Bill=HBSB672