Battle of the Sanctuary
With the return of Game of Thrones everything seems like a battle these days. Of course GoT isn't real life but the political battles of the Texas Legislature sure are. One of the most hotly debated bills passed the Texas Legislature in May and while it didn't have the guts and glory of a Game of Thrones battle it definitely came with extreme tension, intense emotions and plenty of impassioned words to leave Tyrion Lannister speechless. Ok, I profusely apologize if you don't watch Game of Thrones (what is wrong with you?!?!?!) but I just couldn't help merging one of my favorite book series/TV shows with the real life political battles engulfing our state.
During the Regular Session the Texas Legislature passed an incredibly contentious bill, Senate Bill 4 (SB4) pertaining to sanctuary cities and illegal immigration. Sanctuary city isn't defined anywhere in law but it is a fiercely disputed notion. While the bill passed and a repeal of the bill has been filed for the Special Session, the overturning of the legislation does not seem to be happening anytime soon. The legislative battles may be over for now but the legal battles are about to begin.
For this segment, I interviewed Chairman Rafael Anchia from Dallas to give a basic overview of this legislation and to discuss the detrimental implications it will have not only to the Latino community but also to the South Asian and Muslim communities as well. Tune in to WiseUp on this bill and learn what YOU can do to have your voice heard to make a difference!
The abbreviated radio version is down below.
Or you can check out the full interview below!
In case you're curious as to what a Special Session is, check out this article (we referenced it during the podcast segment)