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Mexico to file affidavit expressing concern over Texas law

Mexico to file affidavit expressing concern over Texas law

Texas' law allows police officers to ask a person about their immigration status during any legal detention, including routine traffic stops.

A federal judge in San Antonio is considering whether a new Texas "sanctuary cities" crackdown backed by the Trump administration can take effect. SB4 was passed during the last legislative session and goes into effect September 1.

During a plenary session titled, Supporting the Lone Star State Post SB 4: How Latino Leaders Can Unite to Combat Anti-Immigrant Laws and Practices, officials shared the lessons they've learned from California's Proposition 187 and Arizona's SB 1070.

SB 4 bars local jurisdictions in Texas from denying requests from Immigration and Customs Enforcement to hold suspected undocumented immigrants on the federal government's behalf.

"Anti-immigration legislation that would make intolerance the law of the land is bad for business, it divides our communities, and make no mistake about it - let's listen to our law enforcement officials, it makes our communities more unsafe", Nirenberg says.

"Especially in light of the federal governments representation of probable cause, there is no 4th amendment violation when states and localities honor ICE detainers", said Marc Rylander, Communications Director with the Texas attorney general's office.

On Friday, the U.S. Department of Justice filed a statement of interest in the case, officially throwing its support behind the State of Texas and Attorney General Ken Paxton.

LULAC attorney Luis Vera has called Texas a "battleground" in the fight to determine how far states can go to punish cities that resist federal immigration policy.

The Justice Department argues that federal law does not preempt the legislation, known as "SB4", and that it is not unconstitutional.

Astrid Dominguez, ACLU of Texas' policy strategist for immigrant rights, said SB 4 is "an insult to our values and our freedom".

Houston City Councilman Larry Green, who voted in favor of joining the lawsuit against SB4, said there are major flaws with the bill, regardless of the DOJ position. The largest city in Texas on Wednesday added its name to the list of cities opposing the law, saying it violated the guarantees of free speech and equal protection under the Constitution.

Garcia ruled in a separate case this month that a county jail in Texas had illegally detained an immigrant on behalf of ICE. In addition, critics of the law argue that it gives the federal government too much in the affairs of an individual state.

After Gov. Greg Abbott signed the bill, officials from the city of El Cenizo, Maverick County and the League of United Latin American Citizens filed a lawsuit questioning the constitutionality of the new law.

President Trump's Justice Department is exploring new ways to take down so-called "sanctuary cities" via legal methods, according to a new report.


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