There’s been a lot of buzz lately about the upcoming Texas SB4 law, and it’s sparked some intense discussions. For those who may not be familiar, SB4 is a controversial bill in Texas that aims to address immigration enforcement. Some argue that SB4, like similar laws in other states, disproportionately affects Hispanic communities and can lead to racial profiling. Others argue that the law is meant to ensure public safety and uphold immigration laws. What do you think? Do you think this is racist? Or do you think this is a necessary law to keep our country safe? Let’s talk about it…

Gilbert Dimas Jr.: “Very necessary.”

Oscar Gonzalez: “No, it’s not racist.”

Gene A. Gomez: “Profiling. Most of us here are born in this country and may have family from Mexico. And if you’re caught driving your family to an apartment or anywhere, you could be arrested. Imagine that. What’s next?”

Robert Vasquez: “Definitely not racist. It’s our law.”

Uhl.x: “I agree it needs to be stopped. Get the Venezuelans outta here.”

Poeticone1: “Reading comments from Hispanic people applauding this is crazy. When so many Hispanic people are now successful due to illegal entry that their own parents or grandparents were once guilty of.”

steptoe: “They all fit the profile, same tactic they use on us. Oh well.”

Joseph Benitez: “Show your ID and go about your way. We got too many people in Texas already anyway.”

Donna Guinn: “That’s going to be a whole entire mess!! WOE BE UNTO THEM!”

Demetrius Smith: “It’s time to get paid…”

TEbony Johnson: “That’s pretty racist.”

Ron Martinek: “Can’t believe Biden would protect Ukraine but won’t protect Texas.”

Linda Whitby: “US Constitution Article 4 Section 4-The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against Invasion. It’s Biden that’s violating the Constitution!”

Geoff Smith: “Yes, immigration is a problem, but the language of the law allows officers to arrest anyone they “suspect” of entering Texas illegally – e.g. you could have darker skin, an accent, be poor, speak another language, the list is endless. Any of the above examples would now be enough for them to put you in jail. You would then have to make bail, hire a lawyer, and make your court date to prove your innocence… all because an officer “suspected” you might be an immigrant. Not to mention they could keep doing it to you over and over. It’s racist, unconstitutional, and not the answer”

Joann Sanchez: “It’s a complex situation. I was living in Kansas at the time with my three-year-old daughter. We were out fishing and on our way back home when we got stopped. I often ponder what might have transpired if I had chosen to get out and run when faced with immigration questioning. It’s true that sometimes they can intrude on your daily life and disrupt your world, but there’s a reality we must accept. Rules are in place for a reason, and laws are meant to be followed. We all have to abide by them, even presidents.”

Austen Jones: “So… If you’re the chief of police in Brownsville Texas… Which is on the border… Are you just supposed to arrest the entire town? Fill up all the jails. then waste time finding out 90% of everyone arrested is a citizen… Wasting time… Instead of finding gun smugglers, fentanyl, and sex trafficking? Let’s just arrest anyone that doesn’t “look American” In 2021, 40.2% of the population was Hispanic and Latino American of any race, 39.3% non-Hispanic white, 11.6% Black or African American. So sorry y’all… But Texas is more than 50% other than white people. What a waste of time. This is just stupid. Fix the immigration system. Don’t just block everyone.”

Kevin Burke: “
“Losing your ID and facing the possibility of deportation just because you look like an immigrant is a concerning issue. It’s important to consider more efficient and fair alternatives that could be a better use of our tax dollars.I propose implementing a simplified immigration system that includes a straightforward background check process. With this system, IDs could be issued promptly, granting individuals a five-year working visa. If someone has been a responsible resident, consistently paid their taxes, and stayed clear of serious felonies during this period, they could become eligible for citizenship within five years. This approach aims to streamline the process and promote a fair and efficient path to citizenship.”

Caroline Ban: “That’s precisely what some critics argue. Texas is known for having one of the most profitable prison systems in America. Some believe that Governor Greg Abbott’s primary concern might not be halting immigration but rather ensuring the satisfaction of his donors. Let’s consider this: How many times have you personally lost your driver’s license? And if you did, how long did it take to get a replacement, usually within three days at most? The likelihood of getting stopped right when you lose your ID is quite low. The question arises whether it’s a wise use of taxpayer dollars to house, feed, provide schooling, healthcare, and transportation to individuals without legal status. Simultaneously, there’s a concern that some American citizens, including veterans, are losing housing opportunities to accommodate those without legal status. It’s a complex issue that raises questions about priorities and fairness in our society.”

Rusty Goats: “ I don’t mind them raising my taxes to build more prisons, Texas has plenty of room.”

Matt Ess: “The immigration system, which is carried out by the federal government, is not being fixed. Not only are they dragging their feet with immigration and citizenship processing, but now they are bending laws to allow and encourage illegal immigration. The federal government is not seeing this first hand. States like Arizona, California,