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Chief U.S. District Judge Orlando L. Garcia temporarily blocked Senate Bill 4, a bill that gives law enforcement the right to question a person’s immigration status, Wednesday Aug. 30 pending further review.

The bill, authored by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, was a way to outlaw “sanctuary cities” across the state. Local leaders that fail to enforce the bill could face civil penalties beginning at $1,000 for the first offense and up to $25,500 for any following offenses.

Junior Jonathan Chavez said he believes the bill is unnecessary and that the police should focus on “real crime” instead of checking people’s immigration status.

“I would be separated from my parents,” Chavez said. “I feel the bill being blocked will cause less fear and stress of deportation for families without papers, including mine.”

The new bill does not apply in some places, including hospitals, school districts, or religious establishments, etc.

Senior Ruth Calderon said immigration status has nothing to do with arrests or traffic violations and officials shouldn’t be punished for not enforcing this bill.

“Some of my close family could be separated from their kids,” Calderon said. “That would leave my family with the responsibility to provide for their kids.”

A teacher that preferred not to be named, said while people might come here for a better life, it is still against the law so the government needs to make the process of coming to the U.S. easier. He said he agrees with the consequences for officials that fail to enforce this law.

“I honestly believe that those consequences are just and correct because even though you may not agree with the federal government or state government as a government official it is your job to uphold and enforce the laws,” he said. “So should you wish that the laws not be that way, then you should be making a change to those laws, but you shouldn’t put your personal feelings into whether or not those laws are accepting to your morals.”

AP World History teacher Justin Gilmore said the bill is a violation of privacy and it shows no other purpose other than to discriminate.

“Immigration status has no bearing on whether you’re breaking the law or obeying the law,” Gilmore said. “Are they gonna pull me over and ask my immigration status? No. They’re gonna ask people that fit a certain profile. That’s essentially racial profiling, which is racism.”

Andrew Mitchell

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