Austin Local News
San Marcos Files Brief Supporting SB4 Challenge
Last week the San Marcos City Council issued its first public statement in the wake of Governor Greg Abbott signing SB4, also known as the sanctuary cities law. The council waited longer than many others, in part due to fears that if they criticized the law too much, certain provisions within it would lead to their removal from the dais. Noetheless, when Mayor John Tomaides read the statement publicly, he expressed great concern over the impact the law would have.
On Tuesday morning, the city council met for an emergency meeting to discuss the law further. After less than an hour of discussion, the council voted unanimously to file an amicus brief in support of the multi-city legal challenge to SB4, which Austin is currently a part of.
Believing SB4 will make the city less safe by eroding community relations with police, as well as making illegal immigrants fearful of coming forward to report crimes, the council said filing the brief was the right thing to do.
The filing is not the same as joining the lawsuit, however. Despite some consideration of that idea, the council felt offering its support through an amicus brief was the better option for the city as a whole.
SB4 takes effect on September 1.