"SB 4 is constitutional, lawful and a vital step in securing our borders", Paxton said. Governor Abbott signed the controversial bill into law Sunday. Immediately after the signing, opponents of the bill indicated they would challenge the bill, which they regard as an imminent threat to the state's Latino population, in court.

Later Sunday night, protesters gathered at the Governor's Mansion to decry the bill's signing, The Dallas Morning News reported. But organizers of the protest promised the battle is far from over.

The Texas bill, known as S.B.

Abbott recently signed a law effectively banning sanctuary cities across in Texas. He says he's going to be working with the immigration community to make sure this message gets across and is believed.

McManus said the law discriminates on the basis of skin color or language. The law goes into effect on September 1, according to Dallas News, and forces officers to cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents "and requires sheriffs to honor agency detainers, or requests to hold someone to determine whether deportation proceedings should begin", according to NBC.

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"But legal immigration is different from harboring people who have committed unsafe crimes". The actions in Austin and other cities enflamed fears of a broad crackdown on all undocumented immigrants. "But now, under this law, a law enforcement officer who does want to inquire will have the discretion to do so". "It merely tells police officers that they can ask and that they can't be prohibited from asking".

Congressman Lloyd Doggett is a Democrat representing Austin.

"We will not allow state officials to move their anti-immigrant agenda forward unchallenged", Executive Director Mimi Marziani said, "and we stand with our community in Austin, our allies at MALDEF, and the Constitutional values we hold dear". The law also threatens hefty fines and even criminal charges against police chiefs and sheriffs who refuse to comply with warrant-less requests from federal immigration officials to jail people suspected of being in the country illegally, even if they haven't been charged with a local crime.

"As a result, you're at slightly greater risk to be a victim of a crime, at least from the perspective the crimes that otherwise wouldn't occur, because the aliens would otherwise have been deported for not protected under the law the way these sanctuary cities are doing.

There is no need to change our practices or policies since we already comply with federal officials", Lt. Chris Cook wrote in a statement.