At the June 2017 meeting in Phoenix, the NCLR Board of Directors unanimously passed a resolution opposing Texas Senate Bill 4 (SB 4).
The Texas law, which goes into effect in September if implemented, is reminiscent of Arizona’s infamous SB 1070 law—the “show me your papers” bill. That bill also sought to force local and state law enforcement to act as U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers. SB 4 would allow law enforcement to engage in racial profiling of Hispanic communities in Texas, and make it permissible for police officers to inquire about anyone’s immigration status.
Despite backlash from police chiefs all over Texas, SB 4 asserts that should law enforcement officers choose not to comply with these new duties, they could face Class A misdemeanor charges and a hefty fine.