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SB 4 Texas’ Anti-Immigrant Law

Texas Advocates Respond To Injunction Ruling on Majority of Discriminatory SB4

Austin, TX – Today, a federal district judge in San Antonio ruled to enjoin the majority of the anti-immigrant and discriminatory law, SB4, that targets communities of color across the state. Judge Orlando Garcia’s ruling blocks significant portions of the law including mandating cooperation with Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainers in local jails, restricting the free speech … Continue reading »

Hurricane Harvey Shows Why Texas Should Shelve Discriminatory SB 4 Law

Hurricane Harvey is continuing to wreak damage throughout Houston and other parts of coastal Texas — and disturbing headlines are appearing as residents respond to the crisis. This coming Friday, the state’s new anti-immigrant law  SB 4 is set to be implemented, and how officials treat immigrants in the state could have drastic effects on … Continue reading »

National Board of Hispanic Caucus Chairs Hold Press Call Declaring Opposition to Texas’ Discriminatory SB4 Law

For a recording of today’s call, click here. On Wednesday, leaders from the National Board of Hispanic Caucus Chairs (BHCC) held a press call speaking out against the discriminatory SB4 law in Texas, set to go into effect on September 1st. SB4 is a draconian “show me your papers” bill that would allow local law enforcement officials … Continue reading »

This Week in Texas: Dreamers Go After Ken Paxton While Police Prepare for SB 4

This week marked an important anniversary for Dreamers and immigration advocates around the country: Tuesday was the 5th anniversary of the implementation of DACA, and thousands of Dreamers in dozens of states demonstrated in favor of the program and protections for immigrant youth. In Austin, Texas, the DACA anniversary involved an act of civil disobedience … Continue reading »

ICYMI: El Paso Times Editorial: “Paxton cherrypicks his constitutional battles for politics, not justice”

El Paso, TX – In a piece condemning Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton for his attack on DACA, a program that provides nearly 800,000 young people the opportunity to go to school, work, and contribute to the American economy, the El Paso Times Editorial Board writes that while “Paxton’s grandstanding undoubtedly plays well with his base…repealing DACA would be bad … Continue reading »

ICYMI: Federal Judge Dismisses Texas AG Paxton’s Suit Against Cities That are Fighting Against SB4

Weeks ahead of implementation, cities receive victory against discriminatory law Austin, TX  – Yesterday, U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks dismissed the state of Texas’ lawsuit against cities and localities that have taken a stand against SB4, a discriminatory and anti-immigrant law set to take effect onSeptember 1. The lawsuit, filed earlier this summer, was Attorney General Ken … Continue reading »

Immigration 101: What is SB 4, Texas’ Immigration Law?

In May, Governor Greg Abbott, a Republican, signed the nation’s newest, and harshest, anti-immigrant bill — Texas’ SB 4 — into law. It’s been described as a bill that curtails sanctuary cities, but it’s a lot more than that. SB 4 is comparable to Arizona’s SB 1070 and Alabama’s HB 56, two famously anti-immigrant and … Continue reading »

This Week in Texas: SB 4 Will Cost Texas $5 Billion, Fort Worth Rallies Against Inaction, 18 Counties Join 287(g)

Here’s what’s been happening this week in Texas: Report: SB 4 will cost Texas $5 billion The Reform Immigration for Texas Alliance, using data from the 2015 American Community Survey and Bureau of Economic Analysis, estimated that SB 4 will ultimately cost the state $5 billion in GDP, $223 million in state and local taxes, … Continue reading »

ICYMI: SB4 Is Already Damaging Public Safety in Texas

One month before discriminatory law takes effect, local law enforcement express frustration, confusion Austin, TX  – Texas’ racially discriminatory law, SB4, is set to be implemented across the state on September 1, but in pieces from The Intercept and the Dallas Morning News, local law enforcement have already expressed confusion and frustration on how it will affect trust within … Continue reading »

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