Texas police will not start demanding people’s immigration status when they show up at shelters fleeing Hurricane Harvey, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said Wednesday.
The governor did not, however, say anything about suspending the enactment date of the state’s strict new anti-sanctuary city law, slated to take effect Friday.
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“When people are going to evacuation centers, when people are seeking help or anything like that, no one is being asked about their status,” the governor said.
Top Democrats have called for the law, known as SB4, to be delayed. Houston’s mayor said he personally would provide legal representation for any illegal immigrants snared by police while seeking relief from Harvey.
SB 4 would permit police to check immigration status of those they encounter and have
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