Texas House set to discuss so-called "sanctuary cities" bill

27 April, 2017, 01:57 | Author: Evan Mason
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She plans to not eat until the house takes their vote on the floor Wednesday.

A Texas lawmaker is going four days without food to protest a bill that would crack down on sanctuary cities.

"I want people to know how bad this law is", Neave said, according to The Dallas Morning News. One person sent her a Facebook message saying, "I hope you starve to death", while another said her death would mean there would be "ONE LAST DEMONCRAP ON THE PLANET!"

President Trump on Friday intensified threats to crack down on sanctuary cities, warning nine jurisdictions that they may lose coveted law enforcement grant money unless they document cooperation with federal authorities.

"What else can I do to defeat this bill?" she said. "I have teachers come into my office, telling me about the fear their second-grade students are having about their parents being deported".

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Earlier this month, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said his department found the number of Hispanics reporting rape is down 42.8 percent from previous year, and those reporting other violent crimes has registered a 13 percent drop. "They're not going to want to testify in court as a witness to a crime, if they know they're immigration status is going to be checked", said Neave.

Since announcing her hunger strike, Neave has been the target of many online attacks.

For Neave, making sure the bill isn't signed into law is personal: Her father, who is now a USA citizen, first entered the United States illegally. These critics of the bill argue that it will create feelings of fear among immigrants, lead to fewer violent crimes being reported (because of fear of deportation) and increase instances of racial profiling.

"This is going to make our communities less safe, not more safe", Neave said. For her, this hunger strike is a spiritual matter, a way of "trying to give everything I can, everything of myself".

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