NCLR Stands with Texas Communities Opposed to SB 4

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.

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Texas’ S.B. 4 is License to Discriminate

On Sunday night, without notice and in an apparent effort to avoid the rising tide of protests, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed Senate Bill 4 into law, an unnecessary, unworkable, and dangerous piece of legislation.

This new law, opposed by a host of police chiefs from all over Texas, calls on law enforcement to inquire about immigration status in traffic stops and other interactions, allows police officers to question children about immigration status, and mandates fines and jail time for elected officials and law enforcement who fail to comply with the discriminatory law, even though it may make them complicit in violating constitutional safeguards. S.B.4 is scheduled to go into effect in September.

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