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Local organizations stand against sanctuary cities bill

Right on the day the Texas Senate will hold the very first public first public hearing on the Senate Bill 4, several local organizations join their voices to oppose the proposed sanctuary city bill.

On Thursday, members of "United We Dream" will gather at the State Capitol along with other allies to deliver over 3,000 petition signatures to the Texas Senate Committee on State Affairs to show what they call "statewide opposition to the anti-immigrant Senate Bill 4."

Advocates from all across the state are expected to show up, including the Youth Empowerment Alliance (Houston), University Leadership Initiative (Austin), Minority Affairs Council (RGV), North Texas Dream Team (DFW), Council for Minority Student Affairs (College Station), Education Initiative Association (Beaumont). They will be wearing orange #HereToStay shirts to protest.

A coalition of faith-based organizations is also expected to show up, including the Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops, the Texas Baptist Christian Life Commission, Austin Interfaith and the Texas Industrial Areas Foundation.

So far, almost 250 people have signed up to testify against the bill.

The committee meeting kicked off at 8:30 a.m. this morning and is expected to last several hours.

You can watch the discussion LIVE HERE.

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