Back in May the atrocious law SB4, also known as the “Show Me Your Papers Law” was voted in. This law gives the authority to local police to question a detainee for their citizenship status. This law puts many undocumented AND documented people in danger of being racially profiled and unfairly detained. This law targets minority communities and is set to increase deportation and separation of families. As a Latina woman, the passing of this law infuriated me. The discrimination and racism we have seen since January 21st has been appalling, but seeing it in my state and my city was even worse.
The anger towards this law spurred action throughout Texas. Many cities and advocacy groups fought for their city to join litigation. Cities like Dallas, Austin, and San Antonio, amongst others, joined litigation to oppose this law. Seeing nothing being done in my city of Fort Worth was saddening, especially since it has a 34.2% Hispanic population. (http://fortworthtexas.gov/about/population) Out of this anger, United Fort Worth came into action in the City of Fort Worth.
United Fort Worth is a grassroots effort who worked tirelessly to push the city of Fort Worth to join the litigation from meetings with council members to rallies, marches, and mobilization. On August 15th Fort Worth City Council voted 4-5 in favor of NOT joining litigation against SB4. We will not forget. The anger we had, we turned into action. Having anger towards an issue is fine, but what you do after the anger and what you do with the anger is what is important.
However, our action does not stop here. Although our city didn’t join the litigation, we are ready to fight for our community. Although San Antonio U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia has halted some provision of the law, we will persist until the law is 100% gone. (http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local/amp/San-Antonio-judge-enjoins-Texas-sanctuary-12162674.php) The DACA program, that protects those who were brought to the U.S. as undocumented children, is being threatened by Trump. (https://www.uscis.gov/humanitarian/consideration-deferred-action-childhood-arrivals-daca) The immigration system is broken and families live in fear of losing their loved ones. We are ready to mobilize people to the polls, to educate our community, and to serve those who need a voice.
La lucha sigue. The fight continues.
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