The Mexican government is weighing in on a lawsuit in which a handful of Texas cities are challenging their state’s new law.
Among the provisions of the law known as SB4, police officers are given the authority to ask people their immigration status, and local law enforcement officials face penalties if they don’t comply with federal requests to detain immigrants.
In a brief filed in federal court on Friday, the Mexican government argues the law would create fear, panic and uncertainty for Mexicans living in Texas. It also said the law would discourage tourism and investment from Mexico.
Foreign relations secretary Luis Videgaray said in a statement on Friday that he’s respecting U.S. sovereignty while seeking to protect the rights of Mexicans abroad.
A federal court has temporarily blocked the law while the case is pending.