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:

Advocates
Immigrants
Faith leaders
Police chiefs 
A federal judge

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Advocates and experts analyze SB 4 hearings.

At Mother Jones today is a longread about SB 4, the politics of the Latino vote in Texas, and how organizers are trying to use the new anti-immigrant law to build a stronger future for the Latino vote in the state. As the article mentions, advocacy groups like Jolt are in the middle of “Basta… Continue »

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 »