Loon Star State: Sanctuary Cities

Senate Bill 4 is being considered by a House committee on March 15.


Ben Sargent

In April’s Loon Star State, award-winning cartoonist Ben Sargent illustrates the Texas GOP’s “anti-sanctuary squad” taking on Lady Liberty.

Senate Bill 4, the anti-“sanctuary cities” bill made a priority by conservative leadership, sailed through the Senate in February and is being considered by the House State Affairs Committee Wednesday.

The controversial proposal would cut state grant funding from local governments that don’t fully cooperate with federal immigration authorities and increase collaboration between local law enforcement and federal immigration agents. Opponents have called the measure racist against Hispanics and anti-immigrant.

Read more Observer coverage on the so-called sanctuary cities debate at the Texas Legislature.

This cartoon will appear in the April 2017 issue of the Texas Observer. Subscribe now to get the magazine in your mailbox.