By KAILA CONTRERAS
This past week, the Mexican government filed an affidavit to stop Texas Senate Bill 4 from being implemented in September.
Signed into law by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott via Facebook Live, Senate Bill 4 states sanctuary cities are not allowed in the state and that local police chiefs and sheriffs are to help enforce immigration law. Those who refuse to cooperate can face removal from office and even jail time.
According to The Associated Press, Carlos Sada Solana, Mexico’s assistant secretary of foreign relations, said the affidavit will express Mexico’s concerns. Sada Solana said, “In our community there is concern, there is discomfort and there is fear of this situation.”
SB 4 has created an uproar among Texans and legislators who were against the bill becoming law.
Representative Rene Oliveira, D-Brownsville, has been fighting this bill since 2011. Oliveira said he has known about the Mexican government filing an affidavit for months.
“For the last couple of months they wanted to know what I thought was going to happen, and we discussed the litigation to some extent,” Oliveira said. “They said they were going to go back to their legal counsel and discuss what they were going to play.”
Oliveira was approached by two Mexican counsel members and was pleased with the Mexican government’s action to try and stop SB 4 from being implemented.