La Puerta Waco


A ministry of accompaniment


DREAMer — Jemima’s Story

What is SB4?

SB4 is a Texas law that forces local governments and law enforcement agencies to do the work of federal immigration officers. It punishes local officials who choose to prioritize their communities’ safety over the anti-immigrant agenda of politicians, diverts precious local resources away from communities to serve the needs of the federal government, corrodes public trust in law enforcement, and drives victims and witnesses of crime into the shadows, making everyone less safe. Sheriffs and police chiefs across the state strongly advised the legislature not to pass this awful law. Governor Abbott signed SB4 on May 7, 2017.

What is the status of SB4?

Cities and counties across the state challenged SB4 in federal court arguing that it was unconstitutional. On August 30, the court issued an order temporarily blocking the majority of SB4 from going into effect. The State of Texas has filed an appeal of the court’s decision.

What has been blocked?

  • Local officials can now make their own decisions about whether or when to assist in federal immigration enforcement, and will not face penalties for declining requests to assist with federal immigration agents.
  • Local officials are now free to speak out against laws like SB4 that would require cooperation with federal immigration enforcement. For example, sheriffs and police chiefs can continue to speak publicly about why asking about immigration status is a poor police practice that harms public safety.
  • Sheriff and police departments are now free to decline requests from federal immigration agents to continue detaining a person on the side of the road or in jail. These requests, called “ICE detainers,” are not mandatory.

What was NOT blocked?

  • Local officers can still ask about immigration status, if they choose to, but only during a lawful stop or arrest. But local officers cannot stop someone solely to ask about immigration status.
  • Local officers are not required to ask about immigration status—they can choose not to ask. Local officers will not face any penalties if they chose not to ask about immigration status.
  • If local officers decide to ask about immigration status, they cannot hold a person longer solely to inquire about their status or attempt to verify their status with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
  • If a local officer learns that someone is undocumented, he or she cannot arrest or continue to hold the person on that basis. The officer can provide that information to ICE, but is not required to do so and can choose not to.


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La ausencia de ropa no es una barrera social nunca mas. La ciudad de Waco y varias organizaciones sin beneficios de lucro proveen semanalmente esta necesidad. Si deseas saber acerca de los días y donde puedes encontrar estos servicios, por favor, contactanos.




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Es muy dificil confiar en los recursos legales que sean confiables. Nosotros como oficina creemos que si hay abogados confiables en Waco. Si deseas saber mas acerca de estas oficinas sin fines de lucro a bajo recurso, porfavor, contactanos.


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La medicina es primordial para todos. Que no sea un impedimento poder conocer los recursos en Waco en español.  Si deseas conocer mas acerca de lo lugares que puedes resibir asistencia medica, por favor, contactanos.





El alimento es necesario para el desarrollo mental, emocional, y estabilidad de la familia. Nosotros creemos que una persona bien alimentada puede ser mucho mas efectiva en lugar de trabajo, en la escuela, en deportes, etc. Si deseas saber mas acerca de los bancos de comida, estampillas, descuentos, por favor, contactanos.


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El estado emocional y sentimental en el ser humano es una necesidad básica. Nosotros creemos que una persona necesita de una persona profesional. Si necesitas ayuda para encontrar consejería en Waco, porfavor, contactanos.





Ya no es un impedimento no saber ingles o no terminar la preparatoria (high school). La ciudad de Waco, organizaciones e iglesias tienen estos recursos, si deseas saber mas acerca de estos lugares, por favor, contactanos.


We must all obey the great law of love and compassion. It is the most powerful law for the people.
— Israel Loachamin
Hospitality to the stranger is a virtue
— Dr. M. Daniel Carroll R.


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