Immigrant Lawyer Association Protests New Immigration Enforcement Measure

In response to passage of a controversial immigration enforcement measure, a 15,000-member association of attorneys and law professors are relocating a 2018 convention out of Texas.

As The Texas Tribune reports, the American Immigration Lawyers Association, which was scheduled to hold its three-day event in Grapevine, Texas next year, said Senate Bill 4’s “dangerous, destructive and counterproductive proposals” go against the group’s mission.

About 3,000 people were expected to attend the convention.

Senate Bill 4, which goes into effect Sept. 1, allows law enforcement to question the immigration status of people they legally detain or arrest and punishes department heads and elected officials who don’t cooperate with federal immigration agents by turning over immigrants subject to possible deportation.

Several local governments have filed lawsuits to keep the bill from taking effect. The state of Texas has filed its own pre-emptive action and has asked a judge to declare the bill legal and constitutional.

By Angie Haflich for HPPR
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