Abbott: Texas 'Sanctuary Cities' Law Won't Spark Racial Profiling

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Abbott, who last week inked a controversial ban of sanctuary cities, said the law will not result in people being "pulled over and detained".

Maverick County and El Cenizo, a small town south of Laredo, already have filed a lawsuit saying the law infringes on the rights of city and county officials. It also allows officers to ask about a person's immigration status during routine stops.

Texas Senator Bob Hall (R-Edgewood) was the only lawmaker in the Senate to vote against a bill that would crowdfund money to deal with the state's backlog of thousands of untested rape kits. According to the Officer Down Memorial Page in the a year ago 153 officers died in the line of duty, 18 of whom were in Texas law enforcement. However, the San Antonio City Council has not taken action to consider joining a lawsuit against the state.

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Austin City Council Member Delia Garza promised quick action against SB4, which goes into effect September 1.

The law requires local governmental entities and law enforcement officials to comply with federal immigration laws and detainer requests for people in custody.

"Contrary to the suggestions of sanctuary city advocates like Mayor Adler, the law specifically safeguards witnesses of a crime and victims of a crime, and specifically outlaws racial profiling", he added.

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Casar was among leaders from Austin, San Antonio, Dallas and El Paso County who gathered Tuesday at the south steps of the Capitol with promises to fight the law in court.

"I have to preserve the work of these courageous leaders in Austin", said Philip Kingston, a member of Dallas City Council. Kingston says the law will have the opposite effect on public safety than its sponsors intend. "We're in a public safety crisis and the governor is making my city less safe. There are laws against racial profiling, and those laws will be strictly enforced", Abbott said Tuesday, The Texas Tribune reports.

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