Even though immigration law enforcement is a federal responsibility, some at the Legislature want to conscript local police forces to serve as immigration law enforcers. The whole day in the Texas House on Wednesday, April 26, was taken up with debate on this issue, in the form of SB 4. Under this Senate bill, local officials would be forced to do the federal government’s job, hindering fulfillment of local governments’ proper functions, like community policing and educating children without regard to immigration status.
Coverage of the bill includes colleges and universities, where campus police-community relations would be chilled and law enforcement impeded by this proposed law. Texas AFT has opposed this bill in all its guises from committee to floor in both Senate and House and will continue to do so.