On May 7th, we wrote about the signing of a new Texas bill into law entitle SB4. SB4 takes the harshest stance on investigating possible situations of illegal immigration that has been seen in any state. You can read more about the specifics of what the bill includes in the May 7, 2017 blog post, but the main idea is that Texas law enforcement are now allowed to ask anyone they stop, regardless of why they are being stopped (even if you're caught speeding), their immigration status.
The law goes further than anything seen before at the state level in terms of rooting out illegal immigration. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) released a statement on May 9, 2017, issuing a travel alert for anyone travelling in Texas. They state that allowing police officers to investigate a person's immigration status for any offense will lead to increased racial profiling and illegal arrests.
Our Verdict: A precedent has been set by the Trump Administration. In this White House, a priority is going to extraordinary and unnecessary lengths to root out illegal immigration (i.e. building a Wall). Unfortunately, some states are beginning to take this even further, exemplified by this new law passed in Texas. As we discussed in the May 7 blog post, there has been incredibly strong resistance to this new law as the constitutionality of the bill is still in question. For now, Arrived would like to repeat to readers the need to be cautious while travelling in Texas.
The link to the travel alert can be found here: https://www.aclutx.org/en/press-releases/aclu-issues-texas-travel-advisory. Additionally, here is a resource to use to help you "Know Your Rights": https://www.aclu.org/know-your-rights