Dallas Activists Voice Opposition to Anti-sanctuary City Bill

Maria de Jesus Garza remembers singing the Star-Spangled Banner with all she could to prove to immigration agents that she was U.S. citizen. She was 17 years old and boarding a Greyhound bus in San Diego when agents detained and deported her. Her father traveled from the Los Angeles area to Tijuana with documents that proved her U.S. citizenship. Now a 32-year-old organizer with the Workers Defense Project, the bilingual, U.S.-born Garza uses her story to show how racial profiling can sweep up those who aren’t even immigrants.The potential for increased racial profiling is one of the reasons Garza says she joined Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins, members of the League of United Latin American Citizens and other groups at a news conference announcing their opposition to immigration legislation headed Wednesday for a full House vote in Austin after approval by the Republican-controlled Senate.Garza said the proposed legislation would ease the way for more abuse. “It is a fear that lives inside of me always and it is not just me,” Garza said.  Continue reading...

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