Local Leaders Oppose Governor Perry's Immigration Efforts
POSTED: Thursday, January 27, 2011 - 5:43pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, February 1, 2011 - 4:29pm
EL PASO - Some states are looking to adopt immigration laws similar to Arizona's controversial SB 1070, but tomorrow local El Paso leaders will implore Texas government not to.
Tomorrow Congressman Silvestre Reyes, State Senator Jose Rodriguez, County Judge Veronica Escobar, Mayor John Cook, and a commander from the Sheriff's Office will address their concerns over governor Rick Perry's efforts to require that local law enforcement check immigration status.
"Whether or not someone is undocumented, they shouldn't feel afraid to cooperate with police to help solve and report crimes," Congressman Reyes said in a statement.
Leaders say El Paso will lose its safest city title if police and sheriff's deputies must instead spend their time engaging in immigration matters.
There will be a press conference tomorrow at 11:45 a.m. in the lobby of the Cortez building downtown.