SB 4, Texas’ new anti-immigrant law, will: 

Promote racial profiling and discrimination against people who look like undocumented immigrants, even if they are US citizens
Target children, by allowing police officers to ask children about their immigration status
Punish law enforcement officers who don’t comply with the regulations
Terrorize immigrant communities
Undermine public safety, by exhausting the limited resources available to local law enforcement, and severing the trust between police and the community
Generate widespread negative economic effects

SB 4 is opposed by:

Faith leaders
Police chiefs 
A federal judge

The Trump Administration has spent almost a year implementing some of the harshest and most anti-immigrant policies it can think of, even though a majority of Americans support a path to citizenship for most immigrants rather than deportation. The Administration clearly hasn’t been considering, and doesn’t seem to care about, the contributions that immigrants make… Continue »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Texas was the center of a lot of news this week, due to Hurricane Harvey and (for the immigration crowd) the injunction of the SB 4 anti-immigrant law. Here’s a summary of everything that’s happened in immigration-related Texas news this week: Texas SB 4 Injunction US District Judge Orlando Garcia Blocks SB 4 hours before… Continue »

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 »

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 »