The ACLU is unhappy with Texas' new law banning sanctuary cities. Nothing to be shocked about here. If the ACLU were to have its way, violent criminals would be the ones with the liberties while peaceful Americans would be herded to the end of the line.
At least in their most recent outrage, they've shown a bit of creativity.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) issued a “travel alert” following Governor Greg Abbott’s signing of the nation’s toughest sanctuary city law.
The warning from the ACLU tells people planning a trip to the Lone Star State to “anticipate the possible violation of their constitutional rights when stopped by law enforcement.”
As an aside, where is the ACLU's concern for the constitutional right of Americans to keep and bear arms? What about the constitutional right of free speech for all university students? In the ACLU's world, one simply makes the constitution say whatever the ACLU wants it to say. And as far as the rights of all Americans, well, some count more than others.
Back to the story. Here's their press release. They want people to believe that entering Texas is not all that different from entering North Korea.
“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,” said Lorella Praeli, ACLU director of immigration policy and campaigns. “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.”
“We plan to fight this racist and wrongheaded law in the courts and in the streets. Until we defeat it, everyone traveling in or to Texas needs to be aware of what’s in store for them,” said Terri Burke, executive director of the ACLU of Texas. “The Lone Star State will become a ‘show me your papers’ state, where every interaction with law enforcement can become a citizenship interrogation and potentially an illegal arrest.”
Where do you start with something like that? That's more an exercise in hyperbole than a press release.
For one thing, the ACLU alleges the existence of “Trump's draconian deportation force” as though this mythical organization has been created by Texas' new law. Or that deportation is, by definition, an evil to be fought. It would be interesting to learn if there are any circumstances under which the ACLU would approve of deportation.
They are also concerned about “illegal arrests.” We don't like illegal things either — illegal immigration being one of them. But what are these “illegal arrests” about which they are warning the country? Are they claiming that law enforcement will stop and then arrest people simply because the look Hispanic? On what charge?
On the contrary, the law prohibits such abusive behavior.
The ACLU’s claims of possible racial profiling ignore the fact that the law specifically prohibits such conduct by police. The new law also provides protections for victims of crimes and witnesses to crimes not already afforded under previous laws. Police officers are prohibited under the new law, from asking about the immigration status of a crime victim or witness, unless the immigration status is germane to the investigation as in the case of human smuggling crimes.
What this is about is the refusal by the left, which naturally includes the ACLU, to acknowledge that people who have entered this country illegally should be deported. If they should not, then there is no point in having immigration laws. In fact, if the whole truth were to be told, one can be quite sure that the ACLU would support the repeal of all such immigration laws.
You can almost use the ACLU as a perfect contrary indicator: If they oppose something, it's probably a good idea.
— ACLU National (@ACLU) May 10, 2017