AUSTIN (KXAN) — Within a few hours of Gov. Greg Abbott signing Senate Bill 4 into law on Facebook Live Sunday evening, protesters showed up at the Governor’s Mansion to voice their opinion about the new law.
Senate Bill 4, also known as the sanctuary cities bill, will ban sanctuary cities in Texas and will require government and law enforcement officials to follow federal immigration laws.
While the new bill does not go into effect until Sept. 1, some local groups are fighting back.
“We’re not going to stand back. We’re going to actually fight back. We’re not willing to go into the shadows. We’re going to be here as a community to say we’re here to stay,” protester Julieta Garibay said.
Garibay says her group will be protesting all week.
“We’re going to be escalating but it’s going to be the community fighting back,” she said. “We’re not going to stand back.”
Several protests are scheduled for Monday.