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SB 4 Texas’ Anti-Immigrant Law

ICYMI: Federal Judge Dismisses Texas AG Paxton’s Suit Against Cities That are Fighting Against SB4

Weeks ahead of implementation, cities receive victory against discriminatory law Austin, TX  – Yesterday, U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks dismissed the state of Texas’ lawsuit against cities and localities that have taken a stand against SB4, a discriminatory and anti-immigrant law set to take effect onSeptember 1. The lawsuit, filed earlier this summer, was Attorney General Ken … Continue reading »

Immigration 101: What is SB 4, Texas’ Immigration Law?

In May, Governor Greg Abbott, a Republican, signed the nation’s newest, and harshest, anti-immigrant bill — Texas’ SB 4 — into law. It’s been described as a bill that curtails sanctuary cities, but it’s a lot more than that. SB 4 is comparable to Arizona’s SB 1070 and Alabama’s HB 56, two famously anti-immigrant and … Continue reading »

This Week in Texas: SB 4 Will Cost Texas $5 Billion, Fort Worth Rallies Against Inaction, 18 Counties Join 287(g)

Here’s what’s been happening this week in Texas: Report: SB 4 will cost Texas $5 billion The Reform Immigration for Texas Alliance, using data from the 2015 American Community Survey and Bureau of Economic Analysis, estimated that SB 4 will ultimately cost the state $5 billion in GDP, $223 million in state and local taxes, … Continue reading »

ICYMI: SB4 Is Already Damaging Public Safety in Texas

One month before discriminatory law takes effect, local law enforcement express frustration, confusion Austin, TX  – Texas’ racially discriminatory law, SB4, is set to be implemented across the state on September 1, but in pieces from The Intercept and the Dallas Morning News, local law enforcement have already expressed confusion and frustration on how it will affect trust within … Continue reading »

Texas Voices Standing up for DACA Program and Dreamers

Austin, TX – The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program provides opportunities and futures for nearly 800,000 Dreamers who live, study, and work in America, including more than 124,000 in Texas. Yet the future of DACA is under serious threat. A coordinated assault on DACA, led by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, is trying to force President … Continue reading »

ICYMI: SB4 Will Cost Texas Economy Between $9.2 and $13.8 Billion

Yesterday, Texas Together campaign launched in response to discriminatory law Austin, TX  – Texas’ racially discriminatory SB4 law will cost the state billions of dollars in revenue according to an analysis released yesterday by Texas Together, a campaign created by community and business leaders in opposition to the law. From the Texas Together campaign: The coalition urged … Continue reading »

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 »

Texas Teenagers Throw Quinceañera to Fight Back Against SB 4

Fifteen Texas teenagers today gathered on the steps of the Capitol in Austin, Texas to demonstrate against SB 4, the state’s new anti-immigrant law. But this was no ordinary protest — in a show of creativity that has drawn attention from outlets from Univision to People Magazine, the rally took the form of a quinceañera … Continue reading »