ACLU warns people about traveling to Texas

ACLU warns travelers to stay away from this state

ACLU warns travelers to stay away from this state

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has taken the unusual step of issuing a travel advisory to USA citizens as well as visitors against travelling to the southern state of Texas - warning that "people of colour" could be subject to profiling. We, however, do not need to wait 94 years to doubt whether the Trump administration's action against "sanctuary cities" is much ado about not much.

The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, a constant thorn in Republicans' sides from earlier legal battles, is expected to play a key role in the litigation over Senate Bill 4, which will allow police officers to question people about their immigration status if they are detained during routine interactions.

Critics say the measure unfairly targets Mexicans and increases racial tensions in the state; it also allows for the prosecution of law enforcement officers who refuse to assist federal authorities with deportation efforts.

Galvan, who said he doesn't see a huge change from what his department already does, also said the law needs to be looked at very closely by all police departments. It is government inspired by "Animal House", in which movie the character Otter says: "I think this situation absolutely requires a really futile and stupid gesture be done on somebody's part!" I knew that even before I got the press release yesterday from the ACLU Hawaii chapter saying the organization has issued a travel advisory for anyone headed to Texas.

Last week, after fiery debate on the Texas legislative floor, the GOP did not dial back on the bill, which initially had a narrower focus regulated to interrogating immigrants under arrest.

The advisory cautions people traveling to Texas to "anticipate the possible violation of their constitutional rights when stopped by law enforcement". Federal courts have found that if local police hold US citizens without probable cause, simply because ICE asked them to, those police departments can be held legally responsible. These are requests to hold someone in jail while their immigration status is checked out. The Texas Chambers even went so far as to mandate that college campus police function as ICE agents - forcing our youth to live in constant fear. This bill raises profound legal, constitutional, and public policy concerns that must be addressed.

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San Antonio police chief William McManus ripped into the Republicans who pushed the law through despite the objections of every big-city police chief in the state.

"Such a divide between the local police and immigrant groups will result in increased crime against immigrants and in the broader community, create a class of silent victims, and eliminate the potential for assistance from immigrants in solving crimes or preventing crime".

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".

"We want to make sure we don't cross that line into racial profiling", Galvan said.

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

"Legal immigration is different from harboring people who have committed risky crimes", Abbott said.

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