Cameron County commissioners voted in favor of joining a lawsuit against Senate Bill 4 during a commissioner’s court meeting on Tuesday.
Cameron County Judge Eddie Treviño put the item on the agenda himself, stating that the ‘anti-santuary cities’ bill is unconstitutional.
Cameron County plans to join the lawsuit filed by the city of El Cenizo in Webb County. The lawsuit filed by El Cenizo in May has been presented before a judge. Still, Cameron County must request the judge to intervene before they can legally join the lawsuit.
If the judge does not grant them the opportunity to join the El Cenizo lawsuit, Treviño says the county will file an amicus curaie brief with the court.
“Now all of a sudden our state legislature has determined that they know what’s best for our local community,” Treviño said. “I think it’s wrong on a bunch of different levels, so we felt incumbent since litigation has already begun, especially in view with the fact that our constituency—the fact that we live on the border. We wanted to make sure that the people that live here in Cameron County—we don’t want them living in fear.”
Cameron County commissioners unanimously approved joining the lawsuit. The item was talked about during executive session, and later discussed publicly before today’s commissioner’s court adjourned.