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LAPD Chief Charlie Beck and Ex-AG Eric Holder Support California’s Pro-Immigrant and Pro-Public Safety SB54 Bill

California, long a national leader in pro-immigrant policymaking, is poised to once again provide a powerful example of how states can stand up for immigrants and protect public safety for all. At a press conference yesterday, Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck joined with former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and California State Senate Leader … Continue reading »

Columbus City Council’s Ordinance Protecting Immigrants Is A Strong Step In The Right Direction

On Monday night, the Columbus City Council unanimously voted to formalize Mayor Andrew Ginther’s executive order making Columbus, Ohio a refuge for immigrants. The new ordinance passed by the council prohibits city workers from using city money, equipment or personnel solely to find and apprehend people based on their suspected immigration status, unless it is … Continue reading »

Illinois TRUST Act Offers National Model for Pro-Immigrant and Pro-Public Safety Policy In Face of Trump and Texas

In recent months, we have been decrying the costs and consequences of the mass deportation agenda of the Trump Administration. The worst expression of this strategy at the state level is the recently-enacted SB4 in Texas, a law the encourages racial profiling and threatens local law enforcement with jail time in order to maximize deportations. … Continue reading »

This Week in Texas: Cities, Advocates File Additional Lawsuits Against SB 4, While LA, WI Consider Anti-Immigrant Bills

This week in Texas saw cities and advocacy organizations joining the legal fight against Texas and its anti-immigrant SB 4 law. The Texas Civil Rights Project, the Texas Organizing Project Education Fund, and El Paso County filed a new lawsuit against SB 4, while the ACLU joined an existing suit from the city of El … Continue reading »

Texas Senate Passes ‘Baby Jail’ Bill Written by Private Prison Corporation

 Apparently, the state of Texas is not yet done with legislation designed to wreak havoc on immigrants’ lives. Already this month, the legislature passed and the governor signed SB 4 into law, a draconian anti-immigrant will that will lead to more racial profiling, discrimination, and deportation. Now, the state Senate has passed SB 1018, which would … Continue reading »

Gov. Abbott Plunges Texas into Crisis with ‘Show Me Your Papers’ Law

Frank Sharry: Texas SB4 law “unconscionable, un-American, and, most likely, unconstitutional” On Sunday night, in an act of political cowardice designed to avoid mounting protests, Governor Greg Abbott of Texas signed into law SB4, the virulently anti-civil rights, anti-immigrant, and anti-public safety bill that includes a provision similar to Arizona’s infamous ‘show me your papers’ … Continue reading »

Governor Abbott of Texas is About to Sign into Law a Bill that Will Brand Texas as the Most Racist State in the Nation

“This bill will go from a broken taillight to a broken family to broken faith in our system” In Texas, Governor Greg Abbott, is readying his pen to sign SB 4, a supersized version of Arizona’s infamous “show me your papers” law, SB 1070. While calling the bill a measure to stop so-called “Sanctuary Cities” … Continue reading »

Texas: The New Arizona on Immigration

Draconian SB4 Legislation Set to Increase Racial Profiling, Undermine Public Safety and Persecute Children, Immigrants and Immigrant-Friendly Communities Last week, the Texas House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 4, the Texas immigration bill that is the supersized version of Arizona’s infamous, “show me your papers” law SB 1070. It is expected to be merged with an … Continue reading »

ICYMI: Texas Police Chiefs Op-Ed: “Do Not Burden Local Officers with Federal Immigration Enforcement”

Last week, the Texas House of Representatives passed SB4 – a sweeping anti-immigrant bill that may be the most draconian state immigration bill we’ve ever seen. In an op-ed for the Dallas Morning News, Texas police chiefs David Pughes (Dallas) and Art Acevedo (Houston), with support from other Major Cities Chiefs in Texas, write in … Continue reading »

Texas Refuses to Learn from Arizona, Alabama’s Mistake, Passes Anti-Immigrant SB4

The Texas House passed its version of the anti-immigrant SB4 today, a draconian bill that would allow local law enforcement officials to ask people about their immigration status, and one that has been described as a “white supremacist’s field day.” As five sheriffs wrote in an op-ed against the bill, SB4 is likely to make … Continue reading »