Immigrants Slap Red State With Major Lawsuit

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( – On Tuesday, two immigrant rights groups and El Paso County filed a lawsuit against Texas over their new law which allows local and state law enforcement officials to arrest suspected undocumented migrants.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbot (R) signed the bill on Monday which could be legally challenged as it is not clear whether or not state authorities have necessary jurisdiction to make arrests at the border. Previously federal law enforcement had been the ones involved in all immigration arrests.

In the new legal challenge, the plaintiffs have argued that this new law was going against federal law and allowed untrained local police to get involved in something that was the responsibility of the federal government. As they point out in the suit local law enforcement does not have the necessary training to interfere with the federal government, they further note that the federal government was in no way involved in Texas’s scheme.

The suit claims that the law is illegal and that it goes against the protections normally granted under federal law. They further point out that it deprives people of access to the process and rights that Congress would grant them. This includes the right to try and seek asylum.

The lawsuit was filed by El Paso County, American Gateways, and Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center. The suit also has the support of the Texas Civil Rights Project and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) which had previously stated that they would also be legally challenging the bill.

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