If you’re an immigrant in Houston affected by Hurricane Harvey and afraid to seek help for fear of deportation, Mayor Sylvester Turner says you needn’t worry, ABC News reports.
The mayor says the city will put Senate Bill 4 (which outlaws sanctuary cities and would take effect later this week) "on the shelf” so that everyone can seek the help they need.
“I don’t care who you are, I don’t care what your status is. I do not want you to risk losing life of [that of] a family member because you’re concerned about SB 4 or anything else,” Turner said in a press conference on Monday.
“If someone comes and they require help and then for some reason [someone] tries to deport them, I will represent them myself,” Turner, who is also an attorney, added. “If you are in a stressful situation, I don’t care who you are, I don’t care what you’re religion is, I don’t care what your language is, you come and take advantage of every service that we have.”
The city echoed the Mayor’s message with a tweet on Monday evening:
We will not ask for immigration status or papers from anyone at any shelter. This rumor is FALSE!
— City of Houston (@HoustonTX) August 29, 2017
Senate Bill 4 is still being fought in court with U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia of San Antonio expecting to rule later this week.
While the Bill is still up in the air, we’re just glad that the Mayor had the presence of mind to address and protect immigrants during this devastating time.