Senate Bill 4 allows Texas police to arrest immigrants who cross the border between ports of entry. The federal government says the law is unconstitutional.
In 2010, Arizona lawmakers passed Senate Bill 1070, which made it a state crime for legal immigrants not to carry their immigration papers and required police to investigate the immigration status of any person they come into contact with. In a landmark 2012 case, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that local police didn’t have the authority to arrest someone solely based on their immigration status and said that responsibility falls to the federal government.
Source: Texas Tribune BY Uriel J. Garcia
Photo: Migrants seeking refuge in the U.S. cross the Rio Grande back into Ciudad Acuña, Mexico as others return to the U.S. carrying food near Del Rio on Sept. 19, 2021. A new Texas law that makes illegal immigration a state crime is being challenged in court by the federal government. Credit: REUTERS/Adrees Latif