Border city, county sue Texas over "sanctuary" law

Marsha Scott
May 10, 2017

The ACLU released its alert on Tuesday, days after Abbott signed Senate Bill (SB) 4, which fines police agencies and local governments that resist immigration enforcement and allows officers to investigate a person's immigration status during routine traffic stops.

"We plan to fight this racist and wrong-headed law in the courts and in the streets", said Texas ACLU director Terri Burke.

On Monday, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a lawsuit against the city of Austin, targeting local officials who refuse to cooperate with the bill that combats sanctuary cities, in what Patrick called a "preemptive strike, against of what will be the obvious lawsuits coming from the left".

El Cenizo, near Laredo, said it has offered refuge since before Texas, the largest Republican-controlled state, was part of the United States.

The American Civil Liberties Union's "travel alert" warning those visiting Texas might have their constitutional rights trampled by law enforcement is a frivolous assertion that favors criminals, Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, told Newsmax TV on Tuesday.

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Though the bill, Senate Bill 4, doesn't take effect until September 1, the American Civil Liberties Union said in its announcement that it "is concerned that some law enforcement officers may begin to treat residents and travelers unfairly now".

The safety measure to make sure criminal illegal immigrants are deported out of the USA has devastated open borders activists with the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). The term "sanctuary cities" has no legal definition, but Republicans want local police to help federal immigration agents crack down on criminal suspects who are in the US illegally.

The ACLU said its "alert" comes amid the passing of a Texas law known as SB4, legislation signed Sunday by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, who said Texas residents expect lawmakers to "keep us safe". "We believe our law is constitutional, so we're ready to go".

The group's official statement takes issue with officers being able to ask people if they are in this country legally or not, adding that somehow that is unconstitutional and too invasive.

They're concerned the law will have a chilling effect on people in the Hispanic community who may be reluctant to come forward and report crimes. "Austin didn't seem to want to listen to its law enforcement leaders across the state".

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