As horrible as Hurricane Harvey has been, there have been countless glimpses of the best of humanity following the disaster.
When KHOU 11 News reporter Brandi Smith spotted a trucker with his life in danger from the flooding, she flagged down police to rescue the man.
After Aransas Police Officer Jack McCarty saw an American flag about to fly away, he weathered the fierce elements to save it.
NFL superstar J.J. Watt was paying close attention to it all, too. In fact, as of Tuesday, Watt has helped raise over $1 million for flood victims.
Rescues are still underway, and the flooding hasn’t ended. However, while the spirit of unity stays alive, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner (D) has decided to make things political.
How? Turner is pledging himself to represent any illegal immigrants in court who might face deportation in Houston.
According to the Texas Tribune:
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner on Monday morning sent a clear message to members of Houston’s immigrant community who might fear seeking help during Hurricane Harvey because of their legal status.
“There is absolutely no reason why anyone should not call [for help]. And I and others will be the first ones to stand up with you,” Turner, an attorney, said to reporters. “If someone comes and they require help and then for some reason [someone] tries to deport them, I will represent them myself.”
Sanctuary cities were outlawed in Texas after Gov. Greg Abbott (R) signed Senate Bill 4 into law in May. When Abbott signed the bill, he said, via Dallas News, “It simply makes sense. Citizens expect law enforcement officers to enforce the law, and citizens deserve lawbreakers to face legal consequences.”
Turner, on the other hand, wants to put the law, which goes into effect September 1, on hold as rescue efforts continue. Though even after the dust settles, Turner hasn’t shown any signs of goodwill toward the immigration law.
When President Donald Trump was elected, he said, in part, “I know there are a lot of families and children who are afraid and worried right now about what might happen to them. I want them to know that Houston is, and always has been, a welcoming city, where we value and appreciate diversity.
“HPD is not the Immigration and Naturalization Service. We don’t profile, and we are not going to start profiling people to determine whether they are here illegally.”