23 South Texas law enforcement officials sign onto Gov. Abbott's Sanctuary Cities op-ed

23 South Texas law enforcement officials sign onto Gov. Abbott's Sanctuary Cities op-ed

Following an op-ed over the weekend in the San Antonio Express-News by Governor Greg Abbott, Hidalgo County Sheriff J.E. Eddie Guerra and McAllen Police Chief Victor Rodriguez that discussed Senate Bill 4 (the sanctuary city ban), 23 more law enforcement officials from south Texas today lent their name in support of the op-ed, the governor's office announced in a release.

In the op-ed, the Governor, Sheriff, and Police Chief discussed the need to “decrease fear and uncertainty about what the law really does,” adding, “whether driven by misunderstanding or by purposeful fear-mongering, those who are inflaming unrest place all who live in Texas at greater risk.” The op-ed also clarifies misinformation being spread by critics of the bill, including:

Senate Bill 4 does not change how most law enforcement agencies in Texas already work.Senate Bill 4 specifically prohibits racial profiling and discrimination.Senate Bill 4 provides new protections to crime victims and witnesses

The following law enforcement officials have joined Governor Abbott, Sheriff Guerra and Chief Rodriguez in signing onto the op-ed:

Sheriff Joe Frank Martinez: Val Verde County

Chief Arturo Espinosa: Alamo PD

Chief Enrique Sotelo: Alton PD

Chief Ruben "Ram" De Leon: Donna PD

Chief Eloy Cardenas: Edcouch PD

Chief David White: Edinburg PD

Chief Primitivo Rodriguez: Elsa PD

Chief Rodolfo Espinoza: Hidalgo PD

Chief Ramon Gonzalez: La Joya PD

Chief Victor Garcia: La Villa PD

Chief Olga Maldonado: Mercedes PD

Chief Robert Dominguez: Mission PD

Chief Michael Vela: Palmhurst PD

Chief Christopher R. Barrera: Palmview PD

Chief Roel Bermea: Peñitas PD

Chief Ruben Villescas: Pharr PD

Chief Juan Gonzalez: San Juan PD

Chief Richard Ozuna: Sullivan PD

Chief Stephen Mayer: Weslaco PD

Constable Celestino Avila: Constable Pct 1

Constable Martin "Marty" Cantu: Constable Pct 2

Constable Lazaro "Larry" Gallardo: Constable Pct 3

Constable Atanacio "J.R” Gaitan: Constable Pct 4

- The Office of the Texas Governor