Valley Interfaith Priest Concerned That SB4 Can Empower Cartels

Following a press conference in which leaders of the Texas IAF Network of Organizations joined the Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops to oppose the anti-sanctuary cities bill, SB4, Fr. Kevin Collins of St. Eugene’s de Mazenod Catholic Church and Valley Interfaith in Brownsville had more to say.

“If you cannot trust the police, who can you turn to?”  Collins argues that one unintended consequence of SB4 becoming a law is that organized crime will become more powerful if community policing is diminished by lack of trust.

According to written testimony by Bishop Jose Vasquez, speaking on behalf of the Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops, “The Catholic Church has a long history of involvement in the immigration issue….we reject the premise that persons who are merely suspected of being undocumented should be rounded up by state and local police agents.  The primary duty of state and local law enforcement is to enforce state and local law with the aim of protecting communities from those who seek to harm others.”

Bishop Joe Vasquez’s submitted testimony has been published by the Rio Grande Guardian and is part of the article below. Valley Interfaith is part of the Network of Texas IAF Organizations.

[Photo Credit: Steve Taylor, Rio Grande Guardian]

Valley Priest: Anti-Sanctuary Cities Bill Could End Up Empowering Drug CartelsRio Grande Guardian [pdf]

Texas Interfaith Leaders Take a Stand Against SB4KXAN [pdf]

Local Organizations Stand Against Sanctuary Cities BillKEYE

Press ReleaseTexas Catholic Conference of Bishops