Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has sued the San Antonio police chief for what he says are violations of the state’s immigration law targeting “sanctuary cities.” Paxton accuses Chief William McManus of violating SB-4, the anti-sanctuary law, when he refused to turn over migrants in a human smuggling case to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on January 2018.
The sanctuary city policy can be traced to liberal San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg and certain city council members, as well as to the city manager, Sheryl Sculley, who facilitated the illegal aliens’ release.
In June 2017, San Antonio became the largest city in Texas to sue the state over SB 4. San Antonio joined three civil rights organizations in arguing that SB 4 is unconstitutional, and asked the Mexican American Legal Defense Education Fund (MALDEF) to represent the City.
MALDEF is the nation’s largest liberal Hispanic legal advocate, organization, and they support open borders and defend illegal aliens.
In mid-July, 2017, Marisa Bono, the MALDEF Regional Counsel, was hired as Mayor Nirenberg’s chief of policy. She advises the mayor and oversees the implementation of his policy agenda, including public safety and the opposition to SB 4.
McManus released the migrants instead into the custody of a local nonprofit rather than turning them over to ICE. McManus argued his department had no legal authority to hold the migrants and that police released them to Catholic Charities.
The City and the local liberal media are defending themselves by confusing the issue. One local media outlet mentioned that Paxton is under indictment for securities fraud. The City responded Friday with a statement accusing Paxton of “furthering a political agenda.”
When liberals in San Antonio claim illegal aliens don’t cause crime, they should remember Ernesto Esquivel-Garcia, an illegal alien who was arrested regarding the death Jared Vargas. One offense, whether large or small, committed by an illegal alien is one too many.
Chief McManus and the entire leadership of the City of San Antonio should be investigated and charged for endangering citizens by ignoring SB-4, and picking and choosing to which laws to obey base on their political opinions. All illegal immigration is illegal, and it should not be excused or rewarded.