The American Civil Liberties Union has issued a “travel alert” for people traveling to Texas, warning them that after the passage of a new law, their constitutional rights might be violated during a routine traffic stop.
The law, signed by governor Greg Abbot on May 7 while on Facebook Live, is the country’s strictest ban on so-called sanctuary cities, where officials can decide to limit cooperation with federal immigration authorities. The new regulation allows law-enforcement officers to ask anyone they detain, even in a traffic stop, about their immigration status. The ACLU says this will lead to “widespread racial profiling, baseless scrutiny, and illegal arrests of citizens and non-citizens alike presumed to be “foreign” based on how they look or sound.”
SB4, as the law is known, also requires local law-enforcement officials to cooperate with federal immigration authorities who request they detain people suspected of being in the US illegally.
SOURCE: Hanna Kozlowska