For Immediate Release
July 12, 2017
Contact: Anna Castro firstname.lastname@example.org
Mi Familia Vota Texas Denounces Harris County Decision Against Joining SB 4 Lawsuit
HOUSTON, TX — The Harris County Commissioners Court’s refusal to take a stand and join the multi-jurisdiction lawsuit challenging Texas racial profiling law, SB 4, is “a shameful slap in the face to residents of Harris County,” said Carlos Duarte, Mi Familia Vota Texas Director.
The following is a statement by Duarte:
“Even though the city of Houston has joined other major jurisdictions in Texas in the legal battle against this ugly law that threatens our community safety and economy, the state’s largest county has refused to take a stand.
“By refusing to act, the commissioner’s court rejected the expert opinion of Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez, who has been an outspoken critic of SB 4. As the sheriff stated in USA Today earlier this year, ‘We believe locally elected sheriffs know the needs of their communities better than state and national leaders who are currently trying to tie our hands.’
“The county judge said that refusal to take a vote on whether to join the lawsuit should not imply an endorsement of the state law. That’s unacceptable. You stand with the community or against us, and refusing to vote on the motion by Commissioner Rodney Ellis is a slap in the face to residents of Harris County.
“Meanwhile, we thank Commissioner Ellis for advancing the motion. We will not give up trying to get Harris County’s full support.”