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National Latino group pulls convention from Texas over SB4

Paul Cobler

Houston Chronicle

Jul 20, 2017

The National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators is moving its annual convention from Houston to Chicago in protest of Texas' "sanctuary cities" bill, SB4.

In a press release Wednesday, the group called SB4 the "'show me your papers law' on steroids," and said Chicago is a city that welcomes immigrants, unlike cities in Texas.

"As Latino state legislators, we cannot in good conscience invest in a great state that nonetheless has chosen to scapegoat immigrants and minorities while making communities there less safe and turning innocent Latinos into targets," NHCSL President and Pennsylvania State Representative Ángel Cruz said.

The summit draws "state legislators, Hispanic organizations, corporate representatives and high-ranking elected officials and diplomats to discuss issues that concern the Hispanic/Latino population," according to the organization's website.

Texas State Representative Roberto Alonzo, D-Dallas, also weighed in on the convention moving.