ILJ Network Condemns Gov. Abbott’s Push for Xenophobic State Legislation

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On December 18, 2023, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed one of the most draconian anti-immigration laws in modern U.S. history.

SB4 makes it a state crime to “illegally” cross the border from Mexico into Texas. The law provides local law enforcement with the authority to detain, arrest, and incarcerate people suspected of being non-U.S. Citizens who have entered Texas from Mexico. Punishment can range from a misdemeanor to a second-degree felony. The law also allows state judges to issue deportation orders against migrants suspected of violating the law.

SB3 appropriates $1.54 billion to continue building a wall along the Texas-Mexico border and to fund immigration enforcement efforts.

The impact of these laws is not limited to migrants. All people of color will become targets of racial profiling. These laws create an environment where people of color will live in fear of intimidation and harassment. These laws also undermine access to asylum and further the militarization of border communities in Texas. 

Immigration Law & Justice Network condemns Gov. Abbott’s relentless push for these xenophobic and anti-immigration laws. The U.S. Constitution provides the Federal Government with the sole authority to enforce immigration policy.

In Arizona v. United States, the Supreme Court held that the federal government preempts state governments from developing immigration laws or “supplementing” immigration enforcement. Gov. Abbott’s attempt to take immigration policy into his own hands is a blatant disregard for the laws of our nation and the civil rights that are afforded to everyone in the United States. 

Immigration Law and Justice Network demands the Biden administration sue the State of Texas to prevent these laws from being implemented. Our asylum system and the constitutional rights and civil liberties of those living or traveling through Texas deserve our protection.




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