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What is the new Texas immigration law SB4?

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  • What is Texas law SB4?
  • Civil rights groups are suing.
  • Greg Abbott is under fire.

In a ceremony held on Monday, December 19 at the border in Brownsville, Texas, Governor Greg Abbott signed a controversial new law.

This is Texas law SB4, which will take effect in March of next year and would allow local police to arrest undocumented immigrants.

However, experts predict there will be an intense legal battle between the White House and the state of Texas.

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According to CNN, the Texas law SB4 makes coming into the U.S illegally a state crime.

This allows police to detain migrants based on their appearance, or simply suspicion.

It also authorizes state judges to deport migrants immediately.

The law allocates $1.5 billion for Texas to build its own border wall. It will take effect in March 2024.

Who else will Texas law SB4 affect?

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The law also states that $20 to $30 million from Texas residents’ taxes will be allocated for the construction of the border wall.

Those who enter Texas irregularly will be most affected by this new legislation.

Democratic members of the House of Representatives say it oversteps state authority and echoes Arizona’s «show me your papers» law.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) describes it as one of the toughest anti-immigrant laws passed by any U.S. state.

Civil rights groups sue over Texas law SB4

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Several civil rights groups filed lawsuits against the state of Texas on Tuesday, December 19.

This lawsuit, filed in a federal court in Austin, comes less than 24 hours after Governor Greg Abbott signed it into law.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and its Texas branch say this law is unconstitutional.

The Texas Civil Rights Project, on behalf of El Paso County, and two migrant aid groups also joined the lawsuit.

Immigration is a federal responsibility

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«The bill overrides bedrock constitutional principles and flouts federal immigration law while harming Texans,» said Adriana Piñon.

The legal director of the ACLU of Texas stated that the law will particularly harm Black and Hispanic communities.

According to The Associated Press, immigration control in the U.S. is a federal responsibility.

Under this new law, detainees can either accept the judge’s order to leave the United States or be prosecuted for illegal entry. This is just the beginning.

Some say the Biden administration is not doing enough

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According to the AP, migrants who do not leave the country could be prosecuted under more severe charges.

Opponents describe Texas law SB4 as the most dramatic attempt to give local or state police responsibility over immigration.

Republicans in Texas say President Biden’s administration is not doing enough to secure the U.S. southern border.

Recently, Governor Abbott was widely condemned for installing buoys wrapped in barbed wire along the banks of the Rio Grande, bordering Mexico, trapping and injuring some migrants.

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