America’s highly racist State, Texas, has been hit with a never before seen “Travel Warning” from “Rights & Liberty” unit, ACLU, for travelers to be concerned that their “Constitutional Rights” may be trampled on. This is a new type of travel warning. Never before had there been a travel warning that people’s travel may see them systemically isolated away from the highest law, meaning Constitution, of a country and, again, thus may face risk of systematic lawless prosecution.
The closest to this type of travel warning, meaning travelers face risk of lawless treatment, have occurred at times, related to highly suppressive and oppressive developing countries.
In the past, travel warning, travel alert, or travel advisory involves an official warning statement issued by a government agency to provide information about the relative safety of travelling to or visiting one or more specific foreign countries or destinations. The purpose is to enable travelers to make an informed decision about a particular travel destination, and to help travellers prepare adequately for what may be encountered on their trip. In the United States, travel warnings are issued by the Department of State and are often called warden messages. Travel advisories may relate to issues such as inclement weather, security matters, civil unrest or disease.
The ACLU reports (source): The ACLU Recently Issued This Travel Advisory For Anyone Preparing To Visit Texas
Recently, Texas Governor Greg Abbott, a strict conservative, authorized SB 4, a bill that serves as a blanket ban against sanctuary cities throughout the state. The specifics of the bill prohibit local (primarily city, county, and neighborhood) officials from preventing the police from questioning noncriminals about their immigration status. Any officials who do not comply face criminals charges.
Aside from the overarching xenophobic premise of the bill, it gives officers the ability to circumvent probable cause and due process by subjecting a person guilty of, say, a traffic stop violation, to questioning about a completely unrelated issue (their immigration status). This specific circumvention has drawn the attention and action of the ACLU, which recently issued an official travel alert informing prospective visitors that their rights in Texas may be systematically infringed upon in a fashion not permitted in other states.
TRAVELING TO TEXAS MAY RESULT IN VIOLATION OF CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS, ACLU WARNS
May 9, 2017
WASHINGTON — The American Civil Liberties Union issued a “travel alert” today informing anyone planning to travel to Texas in the near future to anticipate the possible violation of their constitutional rights when stopped by law enforcement.
The alert comes amid the passing of a Texas law known as SB4. 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.
Historically, travel advisories have been issued by the State Department, a federal agency, to those contemplating travel to areas which may, unbeknownst to travelers, pose significant threats to American travelers, be they an infringement or prohibition on rights that Americans hold as fundamental or specific dangers to travelers’ health or well-being.
The act doesn’t take effect until September 1, but Texas has already filed a civil action against Austin’s locale, Travis County, for their reluctance and refusal to enforce state-issued immigration mandates. The police chiefs of virtually every other large city in Texas (Dallas, Arlington, Houston, San Antonio, and Fort Worth) have gone on record via local newspapers to voice their disapproval of the bill and the motivation behind it.
The travel advisory may most practically benefit immigrants visiting Texas, but the ultimate fallout from Abbott’s bill could have profound repercussions locally, including a resentment of immigrants, legal or illegal, and, as the ACLU itself puts it, “the creation of a class of silent victims, and eliminate the potential for assistance from immigrants in solving crimes or preventing crime.”