Target: Charles Perry, Texas Senator
Goal: Return integral funding to county refusing to question individuals on their immigrant status.
Over a million dollars in funds have been revoked by Texas Governor Greg Abbott from Travis County, where the sheriff has refused to ask individuals about their immigration status unless it is pertinent to a case. The governor’s agenda on this matter seems to go further than Trump’s executive order, as the president never specified what kind of money could be pulled, and now a Texas senator has proposed a bill to solidify the action. The $1.5 million that the county, which includes the city of Austin, has lost was allocated for court and crime victim services such as family violence education.
A local judge believes that Sheriff Sally Hernandez of Travis County is operating within the law, upholding the right to due process, and that the order puts the police in the service of the Department of Homeland Security. Hernandez said questions about citizenship would come into play for allegations of sexual assault, human trafficking, and homicide, and also iterated that hunting for immigrants would surely cause a rift in trust between immigrant communities and police, deterring many from speaking out against a crime. Senator Charles Perry’s proposed bill bans local governments from receiving state funds if they do not comply with the immigration order. Please sign this petition to demand that Texas abandon this absurd and detrimental practice and give funding back to Travis County.
Dear Senator Perry,
Ordering jurisdictions to question everyone in their custody about immigration status may destroy trust between police and communities. The money your governor has denied to Travis County is necessary for aiding victims of crimes, and it should not have been taken away.
According to a judge, the sheriff of Travis County is working within the laws currently in place. Your proposed bill to deny state funds and make Abbott’s ruling law is unconstitutional, and goes beyond Trump’s executive order. I demand that you abandon this notion and return funding to Travis County.
[Your Name Here]
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