The Mexican government said that Texas' new immigration bill could "create a climate of persecution" among the state's Mexican-American population in a affidavit submitted to a federal court Tuesday. Penned by Luis Videgaray Caso, Mexico's Secretary of Foreign Affairs, the affidavit backs the lawsuit filed by a number of Texas cities, counties, and advocacy groups against Senate Bill 4
— a measure that extends the reach of federal immigration enforcement into local police departments.
"Laws such as SB4 further criminalize migration; open the door to possible acts of racial discrimination; [and] erode the collaboration of the migrant community with local authorities," reads a press release
posted on the government's website Tuesday. The actual affidavit has yet to be published online.
The affidavit includes data reflecting the "uncertain situation" faced by the Mexican community in Texas as a result of this law and the anxiety surrounding its looming enforcement, according to the press release.
Like the fact that the number of calls to the government's call center for Mexicans living abroad (the Center for Information and Assistance for Mexicans) in May and June increased nearly 680 percent over the same period in 2016.
Or that the number of citizens asking for legal advice at Mexico consulates in Texas jumped 60 percent in the six weeks after Gov. Greg Abbott signed SB 4 into law,
compared to the six weeks prior. During that same period, the government says, the number of Mexicans asking for information on how to become naturalized U.S. citizens increased by more than 27 percent.
The Mexican government says it plans on following the SB4 case, which had its first hearing in San Antonio's District Court
Monday, on an ongoing basis.