ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – Dozens of immigrant advocates from New Mexico are heading to Texas to protest that state’s new law allowing police officers to ask about a person’s immigration status.
The advocates from the New Mexico Dream Team will join immigrant activists in Texas on Monday for a demonstration against the law at the Texas Capitol Building.
The Texas law also requires police chiefs and sheriffs – under the threat of jail and removal from office – to comply with federal requests to hold criminal suspects in jail for possible deportation.
Opponents blast the Texas bill as a version of Arizona’s immigration crackdown law, SB 1070, which sparked protests and led to legal challenges in 2010. They say the Texas law will result in racial profiling.