The mayor of Dallas, Mike Rawlings, announced that the city of Dallas will be joining other counties and cities in Texas to fight the state's immigration bill, Senate bill 4, in federal court. The law, which is set to go into effect in September, would allow local law enforcement officers to question the immigration status of people they legally detain or arrest. The state of Texas petitioned a federal court to declare the law constitutional in May, the event that triggered the fight against it. Opponents of this law call it unconstitutional and racist, arguing it undermines the ability of local governments to make decisions for their community that would protect it.
Our Verdict: This law would give far too much power to police officers and elected officials and would certainly violate the civil rights of those that would be targeted. With the support of the ACLU, we hope that the city of Dallas succeeds in its attempt to counter the state bill.