Texas activists stage sit-in to protest immigration bill

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In opposition, Police chiefs in Dallas and Houston published letters stating that the law would alienate both documented and undocumented foreign residents. They warn of “fear” and say “SB 4 will make our communities more dangerous.”

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The sit-in in Texas is one response, as they join other activists staging protests across the country.

Activists in Texas are concerned with S.B. 4’s allowance for local law enforcement to ask about the immigration status of “detained” individuals, not requiring them to be formally arrested or charged with a crime to collect the information.  They compare it to Arizona’s S.B. 1070, a law passed in 2010. Some measures of the Arizona law were halted by courts, with civil rights organizations settling with the state on a revised set of guidelines in 2015.

Activists contend that immigration law is outside the scope of state lawmakers.

Chanting, “S.B. 4 is hate,” the protesters call the “hateful” bill undemocratic.  They ask protesters not to leave until Gov. Abbott vetos the bill.  They also ask Texas residents to “refuse to comply.”

H/T: The Hill

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