May 08, 2017

 

The Foreign Ministry is concerned about SB4 becoming law because it contains provisions that could adversely affect the rights of Mexicans and those of Mexican background

  

The Foreign Ministry regrets the enactment into law of Texas Senate Bill 4, which could negatively affect Mexicans living in and visiting Texas. The bill passed the Texas House of Representatives on April 27, the State Senate on May 3, and was signed into law by Governor Greg Abbott yesterday.

 

The Foreign Ministry is concerned about SB4 becoming law because it contains provisions that could adversely affect the rights of Mexicans and those of Mexican origin living in the state, who account for about one-third of its total population.

 

Beginning on September 1, 2017, when it is scheduled to enter into force, any law enforcement officer will be able to inquire about an individual’s immigration status during an arrest, detention or routine operation. The Texas government will also be able to impose penalties on local and university officials who do not collaborate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents. Such measures further criminalize immigration, encourage acts of racial discrimination and erode the cooperation of the immigrant community with local authorities.

  

The Foreign Ministry will monitor closely the implementation of this law. In addition, Mexico's eleven consulates in Texas will keep the community informed about the law's scope and will continue to take the necessary steps to ensure respect for their rights, regardless of their immigration status.