Mexico is suing Texas over a new law that, if it gets implemented, would crack down on sanctuary cities. The government of Mexico has aligned itself with other municipalities in the lawsuit arguing that the actions of Texas may hurt Mexico’s relationship with Washington.
The Mexican government has hired lawyers to argue that Texas Senate “Bill 4” creates unnecessary tension in the relationship between Mexico and the United States. They believe that the bill will force Mexico to treat Texas differently from other states and that it interferes with diplomatic interests and ongoing negotiations in several bilateral matters ranging from trade to security.
“Given the importance of the international relationship between the U.S. and Mexico, it is essential that Mexico be able to approach its discussions with one consistent negotiating partner. Rather than having to enter into 50 different negotiations with each state regarding the type and extent of immigration enforcement that will occur in that state,” the Mexican government wrote in an amicus brief filed on Thursday night.
Back in August, a San Antonio federal judge temporarily stopped the implementation of the state law that would punish officials who don’t honor immigration authority requests to detain people who may be in the country illegally. Texas appealed the judge’s decision last month, and the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans allowed Texas officials to begin the law partially while they wait for a full hearing on the appeal in November.
Republican Gov. Greg Abbott signed the law in May. The law intends to prevent municipalities from adopting their policies to limit enforcement of immigration laws. It also empowers police officers to question people about their immigration status when they are detained.
Antagonists to the law in Texas believe the law will infringe civil rights and promote racial profiling. Some are calling it the “show your papers” law.
Mexico is America’s third largest trade partner and a strategic ally in a wide range of security, migration and trade issues. They two countries are presently in a heated negotiation over NAFTA, the trade agreement that Trump has threatened to withdraw from if a better deal can’t be worked out by Mexico, Canada and the U.S. The Mexican government is saying that the Texas law will make these agreements more difficult.
Leon Fresco, a lawyer representing the government of Mexico, argues that SB-4 has already injured the relationship between Mexico and the United States. Mexican nationals are full of so much fear; they were afraid to seek government assistance during Hurricane Harvey.
“The reason immigration law is meant to be federal is that when 50 states pass 50 different laws, this negatively impacts foreign policy in ways that the federal government is unable to control,” Fresco said.
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