President Trump’s plan for a deportation force is meeting resistance in the courts, but Texas is about to pass a bill that will make all of the state’s law enforcement part of it—whether they like it or not, says the Daily Beast. Seven years after Arizona enacted a similar law, Texas is on the verge of passing a bill that would give every police officer in the state the power to say “show me your papers.” The bill, SB4, demands that local police hold people for immigration agents and permits them to investigate a person’s immigration status upon arrest.
In March, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said he was willing to throw law enforcement leaders in prison if they didn’t spend their resources on immigration enforcement. Talking specifically about Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez, Abbott said Texas would pass legislation “that will impose criminal penalties where the sheriff herself can wind up behind bars, and hence be removed from office, fines that could add up to millions of dollars per year, as well as other penalties. We’re gonna make it so costly, so expensive, there’s no way that any city or county can take on sanctuary city policies.” Why do cities opt to become immigrant sanctuaries? Because for many years, ICE would essentially ask local police to do them an unconstitutional favor: hold a person up to 48 hours without probable cause until ICE agents were able to pick them up. Multiple federal courts have determined that this had violated people’s Fourth Amendment rights.