A Texas town near the Mexico border has wasted no time filing a lawsuit challenging the new sanctuary cities ban in Texas.
SB4 was signed into law by Governor Greg Abbott Sunday night, and on Monday, LULAC attorney Luis Vera filed the suit on behalf of El Cenizo.
The town has a “safe haven” ordinance prohibiting city employees from asking a person about their immigration status.
Abbott says the ban is needed to keep immigrant criminals off the streets.
The law, which goes into effect September 1, allows local police to inquire about the immigration status of persons who are lawfully detained, even for a traffic or jaywalking violation.
In anticipation of lawsuits challenging the sanctuary cities bill, Texas took preemptive action in defense of the law Monday.
The state is asking a federal court to uphold the constitutionality of SB4.