Mexico and police chief slam Texas' new 'sanctuary city' ban

Carla Harmon
May 9, 2017

"We all support legal immigration. but legal immigration is different from harboring people who have committed risky crimes", Abbott said on Facebook Live while signing the bill.

It is already illegal for a law enforcement officer to racially profile anybody. But other police chiefs around the state signaled heavy opposition to Abbott's new law. Texas-based businesses raised concerns about the negative economic impact of the anti-immigrant bill.

Even before Abbott signed the legislation, Democrats and immigrants' rights groups were vowing to challenge it in court.

"Isn't this quasi-insane that we have to pass a law to force law enforcement officers to comply with the law?" The law, which required officers to determine an individual's immigration status during routine stops, had many of its provisions revoked when it went before the Supreme Court. "What Texas has done here is told the police.if a person has an accent, is brown, you should probably start asking questions about their immigration status".

"We're going to have to take it off the books", said McManus, adding that it will probably have to spend a year now training his roughly 2,400 officers on immigration law.

When the Senate Bill 4 was first pushed through the Texas Legislature, Hernandez said in a statement to NewsHour that while she agreed to comply with the law, she was "disappointed" in its passage. It's set to take effect September 1.

"These types of measures further criminalize the migration phenomenon, promote racial discrimination and reduce migrant communities' collaboration with authorities", Mexico's Foreign Relations Ministry said in its statement.

Abbott said key provisions of the bill had already been tested in the United States supreme court, which struck down several components of Arizona's law but allowed the provision permitting police to ask about immigration status.

Attorney General Ken Paxton's office filed the federal lawsuit Monday, a day after Republican Gov. Greg Abbott signed it into law. Police chiefs and immigrants' rights groups oppose the law.

In an interview on FOX & Friends Governor Abbott defended the controversial bill. Immediately after the signing, opponents of the bill indicated they would challenge the bill, which they regard as an imminent threat to the state's Latino population, in court. Meanwhile lawmakers in the statehouse have been debating how wide-reaching the ban on sanctuary cities should be, settling on legislation late last month after a 16-hour marathon hearing.Horrified by the outcome, immigration advocates have pushed back, protesting at the state capitol during the lengthy hearing on the bill last month and gathering outside the governor's mansion last night.

Republicans want local police to help federal immigration agents crack down on criminal suspects in the USA illegally.

"The Travis County Sheriff declares that she would not detain known criminals accused of violent crimes". As a result, Abbott stripped Travis County of more than $1 million in criminal justice grant funding - yet Hernandez held her ground.

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