Swift reaction to "sanctuary cities" law


Abbott signed the bill on Facebook without prior notice, the Associated Press reports. Our law enforcement professionals have told us this legislation will make our community less safe by degrading the relationship between our residents and the police who protect them.

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Every major police chief in Texas, which includes some of the largest cities in the USA, opposed the measure that allows police to inquire about the immigration status of anyone they detain, a situation that can range from arrest for a crime to being stopped for a traffic violation.

Abbot has pointed out that the Supreme Court decision upheld the Arizona law's provision allowing police to ask about immigration status, and expressed confidence the SB4 will stand up in court.

The lawsuit targets immigrant rights groups and local officials who are likely to challenge the law.

The measure goes into effect on September 1, according to the governor's office.

Those (including Gov. Abbott) who tout SB 4 as a measure for public safety should consider that last month, sheriffs of five Texas counties penned a joint op-ed in The San Antonio Express-News in which they condemned the law as "anti-immigrant grandstanding". Trump campaigned on only putting away or deporting criminals, but the fact of the matter is that he's doing much more than that. It's an argument that the governor, the architects of the law and proponents of the ban have been making; if unauthorized immigrants aren't detained in time, they could go on to commit more risky crimes, they argue.

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Any anti-sanctuary city measure may face a tough road after a federal judge in April blocked Trump's executive order seeking to withhold funds from local authorities that do not use their resources to advance federal immigration laws.

'MALDEF will do its level best, in court and out, to restore Texas, the state where MALDEF was founded, to its greater glory, and to help Texas to overcome "Abbott's Folly,"' Saenz said in a written statement.

In fact, protesters did show up at the governor's mansion on Sunday, shouting, "Here to stay", and waving a banner that read, "Abbott is a racist".

"Elected officials and law enforcement agencies, they don't get to pick and choose which laws they will obey".

After his appeal, Abbott uncapped his pen, brandished it before the camera, and signed the bill.

Critics of the legislation say that it will allow authorities to discriminate against Hispanics. In fact, between 2014 and 2016, Texas fulfilled 35,632 of the 58,452 Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainer requests it received - more than any other state, according to statistics compiled by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University.