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  • Who is affected by Texas law SB4?
  • Undocumented immigrants could be at risk.
  • ACLU offers resources for those affected.

Just before the end of 2023, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed a controversial law called SB4.

This law allows police to arrest immigrants who illegally cross the United States border.

But that’s not all, it also gives local judges the authority to deport them immediately. So who will be most affected by Texas law SB4?

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Today, all state and local governments must seek permission from the federal government before arresting undocumented immigrants.

This could change in Texas starting in March, the month that SB4 is set to go into effect. In addition to allowing local police to arrest them, this law increases the penalties for crossing the border illegally.

It could result in a first-degree felony charge, which would automatically make them ineligible to stay in the country.

In addition, those found guilty of violating SB4 could face 180 days to five years in prison, depending on their criminal history.

What happens to repeat offenders?

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It’s worth noting that those affected by SB4 include people who are caught re-entering the country more than once. This could lead to a second-degree felony charge.

Greg Abbott stated that immigrants who enter the country repeatedly could spend up to 20 years in prison.

This law is set to go into effect in March of next year, although several organizations have already filed lawsuits to have it overturned.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has promised to challenge the law in court.

Some limitations of SB4

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According to immigration lawyer Eduardo Soto’s website, SB4 does not have the power to change federal immigration laws.

This is because Texas does not have jurisdiction over federal laws, but it does affect state agencies and residents.

Local law enforcement is required by law to comply with detainers issued by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

It also prohibits any Texas town, county or agency from limiting its cooperation with this department or a border agent.

Police officers could be affected

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Something that must be taken into account is that police could also be affected by Texas law SB4, according to Eduardo Soto.

Although it will not change the way laws are enforced on Texas streets, their behavior could be influenced.

It may encourage them to profile people based on their appearance, which could lead to discrimination.

For this reason, it is important that you know your rights if you are stopped by a police officer.

What should those affected by SB4 do?

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Finally, the ACLU has shared some information for those who are affected by Texas law SB4.

First, call the Immigrant Rights Hotline.

If you or any member of your family have been arrested or questioned about immigration status, you should contact the ACLU of Texas.

The number is 1-833-HOU-IMMI (1-833-468-4664), and they can be reached from 9-5, Monday through Friday.

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