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December 6, 2018

Lawsuit wrongRe: the lawsuit by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton against the city of San Antonio:The Pro-Immigrant Coalition-Coalicion/Pro-Inmigrante supports Chief William McManus’ actions of Dec. 23. He was well within the law when he treated the immigrants found in the semi-trailer on that day as victims of trafficking, and therefore followed that established protocol. SAPD officers do not have authority to enforce immigration laws.To that specific point, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down a provision in SB4 that would have imposed penalties on local officials who endorse policies that limit immigration enforcement, ruling that this provision would violate the First Amendment of the Constitution. The intent of SB4 was to demonize all immigrants, to frighten and to subjugate a class of people. All immigrants, as all U.S. citizens, are protected by the Constitution.As residents of San Antonio, we have a centuries-long history of being tied to our southern neighbors by culture, by blood and by language. SB4 is an instrument to drive a wedge between us, a practice developed since 1836 and continues today.Rebecca Flores, Maria Berriozábal and Yvonne DillingSculley valuableAs a resident of the city of San Antonio, I was against Propositions A, B and C. I found it disheartening that the firefighters union, with a certain council member, aligned themselves for devaluing the office of city manager. While I am grateful for the firefighters of the city (my uncle was a firefighter), I think its leadership has been seduced by political vengeance.I am grateful for the advancement that City Manager Sheryl Sculley brought to San Antonio. I feel with a lesser salary for future city managers, our city will have no choice but to settle for something less. You know, the late President George H.W. Bush was the last president who fully understood the office of the president. In my opinion, one only has to look at the lack of leadership now in the White House.I am glad Sculley said she wanted to stay in San Antonio. I hope she will continue to challenge City Council and the leadership of San Antonio not to settle for something less than what is needed.San Antonio has come a long way. Let’s continue. It seems that some folks want to go back to the Bubba Good Ol’ Boys Club. If that happens all that has been done to advance a city of 1.5 million people can only go backward.The Rev. Dr. James E. SchellenbergSuch enthusiasm!I’ve heard of crimes of jealousy, crimes of passion, crimes of rage, crimes of assisted suicide and a few others,but now Michael Cohen’s lawyers are claiming that Cohen’s lying under oath on the stand was simply a crime of enthusiasm (for helping his boss). A new one for the books.Still laughing!Michael B. White

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