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Immigrant rights group moves S.B. 4 protest

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The Corpus Christi immigration Coalition wants officials to hear their voice when it comes to S.B. 4, which allows police to question someone's immigration status.

“This city is on the cusp of being a world city, what's the message we're telling?” asked Eduardo Canales of the Corpus Christi Immigration Coalition.  “This city should be a sanctuary city.”

The group moved its weekly protest to in front of the city's United Chamber of Commerce because the coalition believes S.B. 4 is an economic issue for the immigrant community.

“If you curtail their activities by having a law like S.B. 4, their behavior is already modified,” said Canales.  “They're not going to church, to the grocery stores, they're not spending as much money.”

A handful of protesters marched in front of the chamber office, a protest welcomed by the chamber president.

"This is their right to come out here and express how they feel on this issue,” said Chamber President Cleo Rodriguez.  “It's an issue that's personally very important to me."

The chamber has met with the coalition as both sides work toward a solution, and a statement, by the city's business community.

“Take a human rights position in the fact that you don't want families to be divided, you don't want police to enforce immigration law because it creates tension in this community,” said Canales.

The coalition says its "Moral Monday" protest will continue in front of the Chamber of Commerce until the business community takes a stand against S.B. 4.

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