Controversial law prompts ACLU warning for Hawaii residents with Texas travel plans

Image Protesters who are against the Senate Bill 4 Sanctuary Cities ban rally outside the Texas Department of Insurance building

They're requests to hold someone in jail while their immigration status is checked out.

As The Washington Post reported, Abbott's surprise signing is widely believed by opponents to be an effort to avoid the protests that were scheduled in anticipation of this bill's being signed.

In an interview Tuesday with NBC 5's Julie Fine, Paxton said the law was created to protect citizens and if you're not breaking the law you have nothing to worry about. "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".

They are prepared to ask a federal judge to temporarily halt the law's enforcement until the court can undertake a broader review of its constitutionality, while Republican state leaders who passed the law remain confident they will prevail.

In March, US Attorney General Jeff Sessions threatened to cut federal funds from the sanctuary cities and states that will not comply with immigration laws.

The law also will prohibit local jurisdictions from passing or enforcing ordinances that prohibit police officers from inquiring about a detained person's immigration status.

Officers will hold suspects for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers, who will investigate the person's immigration status.

"This legislation is bad for Texas and will make our communities more unsafe for all", the police chiefs of cities including Houston and Dallas wrote in an opinion piece in the Dallas Morning News in late April. He added, "What this bill requires threatens fundamental constitutional rights and it threatens millions of people". "There are deadly consequences to not enforcing the law, and Texas has now become a state where those practices are not tolerated".

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It would also result in a misdemeanour charge for sheriffs, police chiefs and constables who fail to comply with detention requests and in removal from office for elected and appointed officials, Abbott's office said.

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

"A lot of local law enforcement - they're not trained in immigration law". Like in the Facebook Live video, he falls back on the reductive narrative that undocumented immigrants are threatening criminals.

Lest you think you're safe from this law because you're a US citizen, think again.

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.

Judson Robinson, President and CEO, the Houston Area Urban League, said, "Senate Bill 4 is a discriminatory measure that legalizes racial and ethnic profiling under the guise of immigration reform". "SB 4 is fiscally irresponsible".

On behalf of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and the undersigned national civil and human rights organizations, we write to express our strong disappointment over the enactment of S.B.

Amanda Marcotte is a politics writer for Salon.

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