Home > News

What does SB4 mean for residents and visitors in Fort Worth?

Posted Sept. 13, 2017 | Last updated Nov. 1, 2017

Archived Content Information and links provided may no longer be accurate.

Gov. Greg Abbott signed Senate Bill 4 (SB4) on May 7, 2017. The law went into effect on Sept. 1, 2017. However, there are court challenges to parts of the law that the court has not ruled on yet. Here is some information on what this means for residents and visitors in Fort Worth.

What is Senate Bill 4?

Under SB4, the following is allowed:

  • Asking someone who has been lawfully detained or arrested about their immigration status.
  • Sharing information and cooperating with immigration authorities.
  • Permitting federal immigration authorities into local jails.

The Fort Worth Police Department remains committed to their philosophy of Community Policing and building relationships with the community.

Officers provide police services to the community in a nonpartisan, fair, equitable and objective manner without consideration of race, color, gender, age, national origin, religion, disability, economic status, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, transgender status, membership in a cultural group or an individual’s ability to speak English.

What does Senate Bill 4 do?

SB4 requires local police to cooperate with federal immigration authorities and allows police to ask the immigration status of people they have lawfully detained.

It allows officers to arrest a lawfully-detained person if the person is untruthful about their identity.

It also says that local authorities can not adopt policies that would prevent a police officer from asking about a person’s immigration status.

If law enforcement officials, public colleges, city staff and elected officials adopt policies that prohibit a police officer from asking about a person’s immigration status, they can be charged with a Class A misdemeanor and possibly jail time. They can also face civil penalties from $1,000 to $25,000.

Download additional information:

Get articles like this in your inbox weekly. Subscribe to City News

City News

Calendar

Commercial Board of Adjustment Work Session: 9 a.m. Oct. 17, 2018; City Council Conference Room 290, 2nd Floor City Hall, 200 Texas Street.
View the agenda »

Commercial Board of Adjustment Public Hearing: 10 a.m. Oct. 17, 2018; City Council Chamber, 2nd Floor City Hall, 200 Texas Street.
View the agenda »

Residential Board of Adjustment Work Session: noon Oct. 17, 2018; City Council Conference Room 290, 2nd Floor City Hall, 200 Texas Street.
View the agenda »

Residential Board of Adjustment Public Hearing: 1 p.m. Oct. 17, 2018; City Council Chamber, 2nd Floor City Hall, 200 Texas Street.
View the agenda »

Canceled Rolling Town Hall: 6 p.m. Oct. 17, 2018; .

Town Hall Meeting with District 4 Councilmember Cary Moon: 6:30 p.m. Oct. 17, 2018; Riverside Community Center, 3700 E. Belknap St.

Urban Design Commission REVISED: 10 a.m. Oct. 18, 2018; City Council Conference Room 290, 2nd Floor City Hall, 200 Texas Street.
View the agenda »

City of Fort Worth “Monthly Informational Forum for M/WBEs”: 11:30 a.m. Oct. 18, 2018; James E. Guinn Entrepreneurial Campus - Fort Worth Business Assistance Center, 1150 South Freeway.

Community Action Partners (CAP) Council: 1:30 p.m. Oct. 18, 2018; Fort Worth City Credit Untion, First Floor Board Room, 2309 Montgomery Street.
View the agenda »

Fort Worth Affordability, Inc.: 5 p.m. Oct. 18, 2018; FWHA Administrative Office Board Room, 1201 East 13th Street.
View the agenda »

Fort Worth Housing Solutions Regular Board Meeting: 5 p.m. Oct. 18, 2018; FWHA Administrative Office Board Room, 1201 East 13th Street.
View the agenda »

Fort Worth Housing Solutions - Katy Station Lofts: 6 p.m. Oct. 18, 2018; FWHS Administrative Office, 1201 East 13th Street.
View the agenda »

FWHS Board of Commissioners Public Meeting: 6 p.m. Oct. 18, 2018; FWHA Administrative Office Board Room, 1201 East 13th Street .
View the agenda »

Minority and Women Business Enterprise Advisory Committee: 11:30 a.m. Oct. 19, 2018; James E. Guinn Building, 1st Floor, PharmaFab Conference Room #116, 1150 South Freeway.
View the agenda »

Neighborhood Litter Stomp: 8 a.m. Oct. 20, 2018; Various.

Code Rangers: 9 a.m. Oct. 20, 2018; Hazel Harvey Peace Center for Neighborhoods, 818 Missouri Ave.

Responsible Pet Ownership Class (Spanish): 9 a.m. Oct. 20, 2018; Chuck Silcox Animal Care & Adoption Center, 4900 Martin St.

Crud Cruiser Mobile Waste Collection: 9 a.m. Oct. 20, 2018; Gateway Church, 4205 Basswood Blvd.

Frontier Fall Fest at Log Cabin Village: 1 p.m. Oct. 20, 2018; Log Cabin Village, 2100 Log Cabin Village Lane.
Register for this event »

Fall Festival at Worth Heights: 6 p.m. Oct. 20, 2018; Worth Heights Community Center, 3551 New York Ave.

Building Standards Commission Pre-Meeting: 9 a.m. Oct. 22, 2018; City Council Conference Room 290, Second Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.
View the agenda »

Building Standards Commission Meeting: 9:30 a.m. Oct. 22, 2018; Council Chambers, Second Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.
View the agenda »

Hammond Street Drainage Improvements Project Meeting: 6 p.m. Oct. 22, 2018; Victory Forest Community Center, 3427 Hemphill St.

Bellaire Channel Stormwater Maintenance Project Meeting: 6 p.m. Oct. 22, 2018; South Hills Christian Church, 3200 Bilglade Road.

View the full city calendar and current meetings.