The ACLU issued a “travel alert” to Americans on Tuesday warning them that they could be entering a low-rights zone if they go to Texas once the state’s new anti-sanctuary law takes effect in September.
Part of the new law explicitly permits police to ask the legal status of those they encounter during their regular duties. The core of the law punishes sanctuary cities by fining police leaders and allowing the ouster of public officials who refuse to cooperate with federal immigration agents.
The American Civil Liberties Union predicted racial profiling will result and American citizens will be ensnared. It warned travelers to be aware.
“The ACLU’s goal is to protect all Texans and all people traveling through Texas — regardless of their immigration status — from illegal harassment by law enforcement,” said Lorella Praeli, ACLU director of immigration policy and campaigns. “Texas is a state with deep Mexican roots and home to immigrants from all walks of life. Many of us fit the racial profile that the police in Texas will use to enforce Trump’s draconian deportation force.”