As an Immigration lawyer in Houston, I follow Texas legislative activity closely. The right to determine who is allowed to come in and out of the United States is generally considered an issue in the control of the federal government. But in recent years, there have been several state laws introduced that are designed to give power to the state of Texas to enforce immigration laws. In 2017, the Texas legislature passed a new law called Senate Bill 4 ("Texas SB4"). SB4 has raised concern in immigrant communities, and several Texas cities have sued the State of Texas to try to stop it from going into effect.
As Houston begins its recovery from the flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey, our office is working hard to keep our clients up to date with new changes to immigration law.
Just before Harvey hit, I wrote about how enforcing immigration law is not black and white. I had no idea when I wrote the blog that President Trump would pardon Joe Arpaio, former sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona, who was notorious for his policies of racially profiling the citizens of Maricopa County in order to try to identify undocumented immigrants. This seemed to be a form of approval of this behavior, which was very concerning.