As the legal battle rages on between local community leaders and the state of Texas over the new immigration law, residents have provided their proverbial two cents. In spite of the disputed solutions about to become formalized, they still have significant concerns over the state of their state’s soon-to-be immigration policies
One by one, Texas cities are lining up against the state’s new immigration law set to go into effect in September. From El Cenizo, the state’s oldest sanctuary city, to Austin, the Lone Star State’s capitol, communities are coalescing to stop Senate Bill 4.
Immigration enforcement continues to ramp up not only in Texas following passage of Senate Bill 4, but also throughout the country. The growing chorus of protests includes unlikely critics.
Legal battles are looming after Gov. Greg Abbott signed the controversial Senate Bill 4 in spite of heavy opposition from leaders in the state’s major metropolitan areas. The law set to go into effect on September 1 could extend federal immigration enforcement into local police departments.
Changes to the nation’s immigration and enforcement laws, if not the entire apparatus continue. The latest volley by Republican lawmaker has taken the form of legislation currently going through the committee process with little notice.
The fallout from Texas’ new immigration law continues. Protests within and outside that state border continue. The campaign promises of Gov. Greg Abbott have become a welcome relief for some and a harsh reality for others.
As Texas prisons, both public and private, begin to fill up with undocumented immigrants that have criminal records, more cells may be necessary. Sanctuary cities have been in the crosshairs since the election of Gov. Greg Abbott. However, a new law may also target state law enforcement officials.
Since his election in 2014, Texas Governor Gregg Abbott has made it his mission to end sanctuary policies in the Lone Star State. He even cited the issue as an emergency item in his State of the State address.
When it comes to the subject of undocumented immigration, few states – border and otherwise – have been swept to the forefront of prominence more than Texas. Seemingly every day, new disputes arise as existing controversies continue to percolate.
As the Trump administration continues to increase their enforcement of immigration laws, cases languish, numbering more than a half a billion. Thousands of nonviolent undocumented immigrants, including asylum seekers, remain locked in detention centers with their legal status in an uncertain “gray area.”