Rio Grande City passes resolution opposing SB 4

The Rio Grande City commission passed a resolution against Senate Bill 4 on Wednesday evening.

In a packed Rio Grande City Commission Chambers, a round of applause erupted as the commission passed a resolution opposing the “sanctuary cities” law.

Many said the wording of the law, which goes into effect Sept. 1, was divisive.

Once in effect, local authorities would be obligated to question the immigration status of those detained. Since passed by Gov. Greg Abbott, the law has caused an uproar in the Hispanic community across the state.

"Almost all the persons are a little bit scared, especially the Latinos if they don’t know how to speak English or something like that because they’re saying that the law -- police officers, will stop them to question in English,” said Rio Grande City resident Jose Saenz. “So, they’re kind of scared of that.”

Community members filled city hall Wednesday evening, some forced to wait outside as the commission passed their resolution. All on hand to show their displeasure with the controversial law.

Community members and advocates, such as LUPE, say the resolution is a win, but that the journey for equality and respect continues.

Residents now want county Judge Eloy Vera to follow suit with Rio Grande City, and want Starr County residents to know that their voices matter.

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