Cost to Defend the San Antonio Police Chief and the City’s Sanctuary Policy –
Invoices released by the City of San Antonio show that it has spent more than a quarter-million dollars defending Chief William McManus, the SA police department and the City’s sanctuary policy against a lawsuit filed by the Texas Attorney General’s Office late last year.
The lawsuit claims McManus interfered and limited the enforcement of federal immigration laws in December 2017, when he decided to release 12 suspected illegal aliens found inside a tractor-trailer on the East Side, instead of handing them over to federal immigration officials.
Mayor Ron Nirenberg and other officials of the City of SA continues to state that San Antonio is not a sanctuary city publicly, however, their actions show otherwise. Not only did McManus interfere in this case, but the City has budgeted taxpayer money to defend illegal aliens in court cases.
The invoices were provided to TV news KSAT 12 Defenders with an open records request that showed the city has already been billed $258,725.19 by Austin-based law firm Scott Douglass & McConnico LLP, as of April 18, 2019. The municipal government should not interfere in the enforcement of federal immigration laws, nor should it defend illegal aliens with taxpayer money.
When community leaders pick and choose which laws to obey or ignore, the rule of law begins to erode. If people dislike a given law, they should work with the system to change it.
However, liberals and leftists that control San Antonio’s politics want to undermine the U.S. Constitution and justify and reward illegal immigration. Congressman Joaquin Castro has claimed, “there is no border crisis,” while the former mayor and Democrat presidential candidate Julian Castro has called for the “decriminalization” of illegal immigration. Also, the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce has opposed President Trump’s threat to close the border and tighten security efforts.
Taxpayer money should not be used to defend illegal aliens. Furthermore, public officials who facilitate someone breaking laws should be removed and they should use their own money to defend themselves in court. Also, illegal immigration is illegal and local police must obey federal laws and should help protect the community against illegal activities and law-breakers.
Voters in San Antonio should always remember the following as they go to the polls. The defense of freedom and liberty starts in your backyard at the polls.