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Texas AG Paxton: ACLU's Texas 'Travel Warning' Can Be Ignored

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By    |   Wednesday, 10 May 2017 04:01 PM

The American Civil Liberty Union's "travel warning" to those visiting Texas – that their constitutional rights could trampled by law enforcement – should be ignored, Ken Paxton, the Lone Star State's attorney general, told Newsmax TV on Wednesday.

"I would never take travel advice from the ACLU, personally," Paxton told host Bill Tucker on "America Talks Live" three days after Gov. Greg Abbott signed a new law banning so-called "sanctuary cities."

"We're very confident in this law . . . [Over] the past five years, the Department of Public Safety did a study on crime associated with illegal immigrants – 220,000 illegals were booked over that period.

"And of those, 220,000 people supposedly committed 586,000 crimes, including almost 1,200 homicides, and 6,000 sexual assaults, and almost 69,000 other assaults, and the list goes on. So, we have a real issue, and this is what we're trying to address."

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The new law, known as SB4, also allows police to ask about a person's immigration status and threatens sheriffs with jail if they do not cooperate with federal authorities.

The ACLU wrote in a statement Tuesday:

"The law gives a green light to police officers in the state to investigate a person's immigration status during a routine traffic stop, leading to widespread racial profiling, baseless scrutiny, and illegal arrests of citizens and non-citizens alike presumed to be 'foreign' based on how they look or sound.

"The travel alert applies to all travelers to Texas, including U.S. travelers from other states and U.S. citizens. In addition, this alert applies to all encounters with federal, state, county law enforcement, including local police and sheriffs."

Lorella Praeli, ACLU director of immigration policy and campaigns, added: "The ACLU's goal is to protect all Texans and all people traveling through Texas — regardless of their immigration status — from illegal harassment by law enforcement."

Paxton does not buy the ACLU argument.

"I believe we will be more safe as you've watched illegal immigration declining over the last three or four months because of two things: Donald Trump getting out and giving his message that we're not going to allow this anymore, and they have encouraged border agents to actually do their jobs," Paxton said.

"I've talked to border agents in the last couple months, and they have told me they were not really allowed to do their jobs over the last eight years, and they feel very empowered right now to go out and actually do the job they were hired to do. I think you're seeing illegal immigration decline dramatically."

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