AUSTIN - Another group is vowing to fight back against Texas' ban on so-called "sanctuary cities."
The Latino civic engagement organization Jolt has launched "100 Days of Organizing Against SB4" Monday.
Gov. Greg Abbott signed Senate Bill 4 (SB 4) into law last Sunday. It will require all Texas law enforcement to honor U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainers, which are voluntary requests from ICE to hold someone in jail while their immigration status is investigated.
Jolt leaders said their goal is to spend the next 100 days educating the Latino community on SB 4 and registering people to vote with the intention of replacing lawmakers who voted for the bill.
The group calls SB 4 an "anti-immigrant show me your papers" law because officers will be allowed to ask about the immigration status of anyone who is detained, which includes people pulled over for traffic violations.
Supporters of the bill said SB 4 is not about immigration, but rather the rule of law and ensuring all law enforcement are operating the same. But those against it said immigrant communities will now fear police and be less likely to report crimes.
"Separating families just because they are immigrants, profiling people who are brown and removing our democratically elected representatives for what they believe in is an assault to our values and our democracy," said Margarrita Arroyo, a volunteer with Jolt.
"SB 4 is just the exclamation point on discrimination that has been the record of this House, and this Senate and this Capitol now," added Representative Rafael Anchia (D-Dallas). "Since 2011 there have been six federal court decisions that have found intentional discrimination against Latinos."
SB 4 is set to go into effect Sept. 1, but there is already a legal battle brewing. Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a lawsuit against Austin and city leaders asking a judge to rule on the constitutionality of the law.
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