In Response To 'Sanctuary' Law, ACLU Warns Against Traveling To Texas

If they refuse to follow this law, or if they adopt sanctuary city policies, they are subject now to the stiffest penalties in America for adopting sanctuary city policies - which includes jail time where sheriffs could wind up in the same jail they may be releasing inmates from who are the subject of ICE detainer requests. "Just like in Arizona and Alabama, our community will use all of our resources to fight against the Lone Star state's mandate of hate".

The law makes ignoring an immigration detainer a Class A misdemeanor, Breitbart Texas reported.

"While supporters of SB 4 have presented it as a "law and order" measure, the reality is different", Raul A. Reyes of CNN wrote in a Monday op-ed. The new law also directs police officers to aid in the enforcement of immigration laws as an extension of their regular duties when a situation warrants. The legislation also would prohibit local jurisdictions from passing or enforcing ordinances that prevent police officers from inquiring about a detained person's immigration status.

The American Civil Liberties Union issued a "travel alert" on Tuesday for anyone planning to go to Texas.

For now, local and county law enforcement departments are busy reading the law and making sure they understand it. We issue Travel Warnings when we want USA citizens to consider very carefully whether they should go to a country at all because of a chronic threat. The Morales v. Chadbourne case that's now working its way through the courts involves a woman who was naturalized in 1995 but found herself being held a full 24 hours after a judge officially released her from jail because ICE officials wanted to question her about her immigration status. The reality is far more mundane.

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"A lot of local law enforcement - they're not trained in immigration law".

"That's where that questioning ends for them", Galvan said. But it does allow Texas police to inquire whether a person is in the country legally, even if they're not under arrest.

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

Galvan wants to be mindful of the constitutional and civil rights of the people. It threatens people, regardless of immigration status. We issue a Travel Alert for short-term events we think USA citizens should know about when planning travel to a country.

Although the Texas law doesn't go into effect until September 1, the ACLU said it's concerned some law enforcement officers may already be using it.

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Its backers claim the bill will keep communities safe, but this contention is rooted in the false notion that increased immigration leads to increased crime - something numerous studies have debunked. Not only is this law morally wrong, it will strain our law enforcement and make our communities more risky.

The biggest issue for Galvan is victims of crimes and those who witness them.

Generally, the governor holds a press conference with authors of the bill to sign such a bill. If you wish to remain silent, tell the officer. And that is a common sense approach to law enforcement work.

Ever since President Donald Trump took office, it seems like everyone has been talking about immigration and the wall. Abbott is up for re-election in 2018 and can not be unaware that anti-immigrant bigotry is what the Republican base is clamoring for.

The bill was signed by Abbott on Sunday.

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Amanda Marcotte is a politics writer for Salon.

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