In a significant legal development, Texas Governor Greg Abbott has signed a law that could markedly change the landscape of state-level immigration enforcement. Known as SB4, this law empowers state officials to arrest and seek deportation of individuals suspected of illegal border crossings. This represents a dramatic shift in the state’s approach to immigration, traditionally a federal matter.
SB4 arms Texas law enforcement with the authority to detain migrants on new, state-specific illegal entry charges, a move that’s expected to trigger a series of legal challenges and intense debate. This law, set to take effect in March 2024, has already sparked controversy and opposition from various quarters, including Democratic lawmakers and civil rights groups, who argue it could lead to racial profiling and fear among immigrant communities.
Amid these developments, understanding your rights has never been more critical. At Gomez Law, PLLC, we stay at the forefront of evolving immigration laws, offering expert guidance to navigate these uncertain times. We invite you to reach out for a free consultation, where our experienced team can provide clarity and support in understanding how these changes might affect you or your loved ones.