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ICYMI: Study Finds Undocumented Immigrants in Texas Generate $703 Million Surplus

Study: SB4 will damage Texas economy by driving immigrants out of the state Austin, TX  –  A study by AngelouEconomics found that Texas Senate Bill 4, a discriminatory bill signed into law earlier this year, “will jeopardize Texas’ economic prosperity and the quality of life of its citizens”. The study, first reported by the Austin … Continue reading »

Immigrant Advocates and Legal Experts Commit to Continue Fight Against SB4 After Yesterday’s Hearing

A recording of the event is available here Austin – On a press call, immigrant advocates and legal experts analyzed yesterday’s oral arguments on SB4 in the Fifth Circuit court of appeals. The hearing took place before a panel of three judges who considered the merits of a preliminary injunction issued in August by the district … Continue reading »

SB 4 is Already Reshaping Police Department Policies in Texas

SB 4, the discriminatory law signed by Gov. Greg Abbott earlier this year and currently being challenged in the courts by major Texas cities and community organizations, is already impacting the work of local police departments. And, that was on vivid display as Hurricane Harvey wrecked havoc along Texas’ Gulf Coast as SB 4 added … Continue reading »

ICYMI: NYT Op-Ed: Texas Pulls Up the Welcome Mat

Austin, TX – In an op-ed for the New York Times, Mimi Swartz, an executive editor at Texas Monthly, bears witness to the cruel and damaging effects of the passage of the draconian Senate Bill 4, along with the ending of DACA, a successful program that has benefitted more than 120,000 young immigrants in Texas. Swartz writes of the heightened … Continue reading »

Texas Policy Experts and Advocates Discuss SB4 Ruling on Press Call

A recording of today’s call is available here. Austin, TX – On a press call today, legal and policy experts and advocates discussed the mixed decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Texas’ draconian SB4 law. The decision maintains a block on several key provisions of SB4.  The decision also allows two provisions … Continue reading »

Federal appeals court allows parts of SB4 to temporarily take effect

Today, a federal appeals court allowed some parts of Texas’ controversial and discriminatory law, SB4 to temporarily take effect. Most importantly, the court ruled that the state of Texas can require local police across Texas to hold people without a warrant if they are suspected of having previous immigration violations. The appeals court is scheduled … Continue reading »

DACA-Recipients, Legal Experts & Advocates Call On Paxton and Trump to Focus on Building Our Country, Not Targeting Dreamers

A recording of today’s call is available here On a press call today, immigration advocates, legal experts, and DACA recipients assessed a busy week of developments. From the preliminary injunction on Texas’s SB4 to ongoing attention to the future of DACA and DACA recipients, the speakers provided key analysis and updates on the state of play … Continue reading »

Texas Leaders, Advocates React to SB4 Injunction, Issued Hours Before Law to Take Effect

Immigrants and advocates won a major victory in Texas last night, when US District Judge Orlando Garcia issued an injunction on the state’s new anti-immigrant law SB 4, just hours before the law was scheduled to take effect. “There is overwhelming evidence … that SB 4 will erode public trust and make many communities and … Continue reading »

Amid Hurricane Harvey Devastation, Texans – Immigrants and Native Born – Demonstrate Unity and Put Safety and Neighbors First

Sadly, Trump, Paxton, and Abbott Put Politics Ahead of Unity and Safety Austin, TX – As Hurricane Harvey levelled many areas of Houston, people from across the city scrambled to find safety in one of the city’s many shelters. Unfounded rumors of immigration checkpoints led to fear among the city’s 600,000 undocumented immigrants who, along … Continue reading »

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