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This Week in Texas: Laredo Joins SB 4 Lawsuit, While Teenagers Protest via Quinceañera

Laredo City Council votes to join legal fight against SB 4 The Laredo City Council this week voted unanimously to join the lawsuit against SB 4, Texas’ new anti-immigrant law, following a public discussion lasting 2 hours during which 13 members of the public testified. All but two of those who spoke asked the City … Continue reading »

ICYMI: “Paxton should consider the harm of ending DACA’s success”

Austin, TX  – As the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program faces renewed attacks, originating from the Lone Star State, and ahead of today’s introduction of a new Dream Act from Senators Durbin (D-IL) and Graham (R-SC), Angelica Rodriguez, a Dreamer; DACA recipient; and advocate for immigrant rights, has a new piece for the Austin-American Statements outlining the life changing … Continue reading »

This Week in Texas: Fort Worth Robberies Target Hispanics, Ex-City Official Threatens to Call ICE, Redistricting Trial Could Lead to Changes for 2018

Redistricting trial could upend Texas state, House districts before 2018 elections A weeklong trial is continuing in Texas over redistricting, the culmination of a six-year long battle that started in 2011. As the Texas Tribune reported, a three-judge federal district court panel in Texas is “at the end of a week of hearings over the … Continue reading »

This Week in Texas: Texas Leaders Silent on DACA, Mayor of Laredo Wants Resolution on SB 4 Instead of Lawsuit

The Dallas Morning News today had an interesting piece highlighting the silence from Texas Republicans a week after the state’s Attorney General announced he was going to sue Donald Trump unless the president ended DACA. As the Dallas Morning News wrote: Support for Paxton’s action from his fellow Texas Republicans has been muted. None of … Continue reading »

This Week in Texas: Attorney General Ken Paxton Wants Trump to End DACA, San Antonio Hears SB 4 Case

Texas AG to Trump: End DACA or we’ll sue you The big breaking news of the week involved a letter from Ken Paxton, the Attorney General of Texas, and the AGs of nine other states. The Attorneys General (and one Governor) threatened to sue Donald Trump unless he repeals Obama’s deferred action for childhood arrivals … Continue reading »

ICYMI: Washington Post on SB4: “State Officials Are Eager to Keep Texas a Bad Place to Not be White.”

Austin, TX – The Washington Post editorial board published a new piece detailing why SB4, the Republican-led racially discriminatory bill that Gov. Greg Abbott signed in May, is an assault on people of color in Texas. According to Mario Carrillo: As noted routinely during the state’s legislative session and beyond, SB4 will encourage racial profiling by allowing … Continue reading »

ICYMI: San Antonio Business Leaders Urge Other Leaders Across Texas to Speak Out Against SB4

San Antonio – This week, a San Antonio Federal Judge held a hearing to consider a preliminary injunction on SB4. Now city business and community leaders are loudly expressing their opposition to the discriminatory law signed by Gov. Greg Abbott in May. Long-time San Antonio business and community leaders, Frank Herrera and Max Navarro published an opinion piece … Continue reading »

Immigrant Advocates and Legal Experts Analyze SB 4 Hearing in San Antonio

San Antonio – Today, immigrant advocates and legal experts analyzed yesterday’s court hearing regarding whether or not a federal judge should block Texas’ “show me your papers” SB4 law from enactment. Speakers reviewed the current status of the lawsuits filed to enjoin SB 4 and outlined the next steps in the fight against the state’s … Continue reading »

Advocates Rally in San Antonio as Court Hears Motion to Block SB 4

Today, advocates from all over Texas gathered for an all-day rally in San Antonio while a federal court considered a motion to block the state’s SB 4 anti-immigrant law from taking effect. Outside, advocates showed off signs, spoke out against the damage SB 4 would do to immigrant communities, marched, and chanted. Children with the Workers … Continue reading »