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SB 4 Texas’ Anti-Immigrant Law

Gov. Greg Abbott Has Made Texas the Frontline of Fight Against Trump’s Deportation Machine

After blocking DAPA’s implementation in 2014, Gov. Greg Abbott signed SB4, an unconstitutional law that will target communities of color and immigrants in Texas Austin, TX – The Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly announced yesterday that the administration is rescinding the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) program. DAPA, announced by President Obama in … Continue reading »

San Antonio Voters Elect City Councilman Ron Nirenberg as Mayor

During campaign, Nirenberg was vocal opponent to anti-immigrant SB4 and pushed San Antonio to sue Texas Austin, TX –  San Antonio City Councilman Ron Nirenberg defeated incumbent Ivy Taylor to become the next mayor of San Antonio in Saturday’s runoff election. Taylor’s defeat is proof of the growing momentum against SB4, Texas’ anti-immigrant “show me … Continue reading »

ICYMI: San Antonio Judge: Bexar County Violated Constitutional Rights of Immigrant Detained for Two Months

This week, San Antonio Judge Orlando Garcia ruled that the Bexar County sheriff violated the constitutional rights of Julio Trujillo Santoyo by holding him on an ICE detainer for more than two months even after his criminal charges were dismissed. Judge Garcia is also presiding over the case against Texas’ anti-immigrant, “show me your papers” … Continue reading »

This Week in Texas: Judge in San Antonio Suit Ruled Against ICE Detainers; Dallas Joins Lawsuits

Here’s the latest in what’s going on with SB 4 and Texas immigration news. Judge who will hear SB 4 suit ruled against ICE detainers Opponents of Texas’ SB 4 anti-immigrant law were given a good sign this week when Judge Orlando Garcia — the same federal judge who will hear the San Antonio lawsuit … Continue reading »

AILA Praised for Standing Up for its Values and Moving Annual Immigration Conference from Texas Due to SB4

Yesterday, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) announced that it was moving its 2018 annual immigration conference from Texas due to the passage of the SB4. As the Texas Tribune reported: AILA ‘said the bill’s ‘dangerous, destructive and counterproductive proposals’ go against the group’s mission … ‘One of the issues that drove the board’s decision … Continue reading »

ICYMI: Dallas Morning News: ‘SB4 Lawsuit Filed to Block Texas’ New Sanctuary Cities Ban From Taking Effect’

Today, the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) and the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas sued the state of Texas, in an SB4 lawsuit designed to block the law from taking effect this year. The Dallas Morning News’ James Barragan detailed the plaintiffs’ argument: “In their motion, attorneys said the law, previously known as … Continue reading »

ICYMI: The New Yorker: “Why Police Chiefs Oppose Texas’s New Anti-Immigrant Law”

One week ago, more than one thousand people descended on the Texas Capitol to stand against the state’s anti-immigrant “show me your papers” law, SB4, which will allow for racial discrimination against people of color across the state. In a new piece for The New Yorker, Jonathan Blitzer reviews the intense reactions from Texas police … Continue reading »

Gov. Abbott Sues Cities and Civil Rights Groups Standing Against His Racial Profiling Law

While Gov. Abbott Expands His Lawsuit Against Civil Rights Organizations Standing Up to SB4, the City of Austin Joins the Fight Against the State’s “Show Me Your Papers” Bill Austin, TX – Late last night, and while challenges continue to mount for the “Show Me Your Papers” bill, it was discovered that Gov. Abbott and … Continue reading »

This Week in Texas: San Antonio and Austin Sue Texas, While Texas Sues Everyone

San Antonio and Austin sue Texas over SB 4 This week in Texas, San Antonio and Austin sued the state over the anti-immigrant and discriminatory​ “show me your papers” law, ​SB 4 . The Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF) formally filed the lawsuit on behalf of San Antonio as well as the Texas … Continue reading »

ICYMI: DeFrancesco Soto: “Calling Immigration on Latinos Protesting SB4 is Racial Profiling”

Earlier this week, hundreds gather at the Texas state capitol to protest TX SB4, the virulently anti-civil rights, anti-immigrant, and anti-public safety legislation signed into law earlier this month. While not set to go into effect until September 1, SB4 has already inspired racial profiling – just this week, Texas Rep. Matt Rinaldi cast freedom … Continue reading »