When you think “travel warning”, you probably think of some country plagued by instability or civil unrest. But the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) just issued a travel warning for… Texas? Yup, that’s right. Their travel alert says going to Texas “may result in violation of constitutional rights”.  This comes after Texas passed SB4, a law that targets “sanctuary cities”, which the ACLU says will lead 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.”  Terri Burke, executive director of the ACLU of Texas, said “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.” Okay, now we’re confused and can’t decide whether we’re supposed to stay away from Texas or take to the streets of Texas. But the city of El Cenizo, the League of United Latin American Citizens, and Maverick County are less indecisive, as they just sued Texas over the law, saying “plaintiffs are safer when all people, including undocumented immigrants, feel safe when their local law enforcement officers can be trusted for reporting crimes.” Hmmm, security AND civil liberties are on the same side of an issue? That’s a tough one!

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