By Kevin Diaz and Lomi Kiel
WASHINGTON – Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo, speaking Thursday at a national immigration forum, blasted Texas’ new anti-sanctuary cities law, known as “SB4,” that allows police officers to question the immigration status of people they detain.
“It is so counter-intuitive, counterproductive,” Acevedo said in remarks that recalled Sunday’s mass shooting in Las Vegas that took the lives of at least 58 people as well as the gunman.
“When you have millions of victims and witnesses of crime that you’re pushing back into the shadows, people who might know about a guy who’s going crazy and might shoot up 20,000 concertgoers, and they’re afraid to come forward,” he said. “How is that a public safety measure? It’s a real problem.”
Acevedo delivered his remarks at a conference of the National Immigration Forum, a group that has sought to rally moderates and conservatives to a “center-right” consensus on immigration reform.