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Judicial Watch Slams ACLU's Texas 'Travel Warning'

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By    |   Tuesday, 09 May 2017 04:37 PM

The American Civil Liberties Union's "travel alert" warning those visiting Texas might have their constitutional rights trampled by law enforcement is a frivolous assertion that favors criminals, Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, told Newsmax TV on Tuesday.

"That's not serious, and it's the ACLU that puts the rights of criminals above the rights of citizens to be safe from them," the government-watchdog guru told host Bill Tucker on Tuesday's "America Talks Live."

"If there are any travel warnings to be issued, it should be about sanctuary cities, where illegal aliens and alien criminals are given special rights and benefits no Americans get.

"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.

"It's really a crisis in terms of law and order, and it's putting citizens at risk all over the country, and that's where the warning should be issued."

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The ACLU said its "alert" comes amid the passing of a Texas law known as SB4, legislation signed Sunday by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, who said Texas residents expect lawmakers to "keep us safe."

The law bans so-called "sanctuary cities" and allows police to ask about a person's immigration status and threatens sheriffs with jail if they do not cooperate with federal authorities.

But in a statement issued Tuesday, the ACLU said:

"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.

"Texas is a state with deep Mexican roots and home to immigrants from all walks of life. Many of us fit the racial profile that the police in Texas will use to enforce Trump's draconian deportation force."

Fitton, author of "Clean House: Exposing Our Government's Secrets and Lies," published by Threshold Editions, said of the ACLU missive:

"I guess the only constitutional basis is the 10th Amendment and the idea of federalism that a federal law doesn't need to be necessarily enforced by a state or a locality or isn't required to be enforced. You can't necessarily require these cities and states to enforce immigration law.

"But that's not what is at issue here. We're asking that these cities and states don't thwart immigration law. No one is allowed to get in the way of a communication about someone's immigration status and certainly setting up your own immigration policy in these states on these cities.

"Which is what these sanctuary cities are doing . . . they're setting up their own mini immigration policies is certainly at odds with our constitutional system of government gives the federal power and Congress the power to set our immigration standards."

Judicial Watch describes itself as a "conservative, non-partisan educational foundation, promotes transparency, accountability and integrity in government, politics and the law."

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