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PHOTOS: Advocates Rally in New Orleans as Fifth Circuit Hears SB 4 Case

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Today, Texas’ extreme anti-immigrant law SB 4 returned to the courts when it was heard by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. You can read our explained about SB 4 here and view livetweets from the court proceedings here.

Outside, dozens of activists from Texas, Louisiana, and elsewhere gathered for a day of resistance against SB 4, making it clear that the law is harmful to immigrants, Texans, and all Americans. As Daniel from the Texas Civil Rights Project said during the rally, “let’s call SB 4 what it is: an unconstitutional, xenophobic, political stunt whose goal is to harm immigrant communities.”

Participating organizations included the Border Network for Human Rights, Texas Civil Rights Project, Immigrant Legal Resource Center, Border Workers United, Voces Unidas RGV, Workers’ Defense, Mi Familia En Acción, and Familia Unidas en Acción.

Some activists had driven for more than a day to take a stand against SB 4. Others had come from as far as Iowa — where a copycat anti-immigrant law is being considered in the legislature — to show support for Texans. How the Fifth Circuit rules on SB 4 would determine how similar laws are treated across the country (at least and until the Supreme Court steps in).

Our own Communications Director Ivonne Rodriguez was on the ground. View below for her photos and videos: