Originally published August 8, 2017 Also listen to our podcast episode on SB 4: Most of the nation’s harshest anti-immigrant bill — Texas’ Senate Bill 4 (SB 4) — is cleared for implementation after a federal appeals court this month lifted an injunction preventing the law from being enacted while legal challenges proceed. The unanimous… Continue »

Most of Texas’ SB 4, the nation’s harshest anti-immigrant law, was cleared for implementation this week after a federal appeals court lifted an injunction preventing the law from being enacted while legal challenges proceed. SB 4 requires police chiefs and sheriffs to cooperate with federal immigration officials by honoring ICE detainer requests for deportation (or… Continue »

The United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals released its ruling on Senate Bill 4 (“SB4”) to vacate most of Judge Orlando Garcia’s preliminary injunction on the bill. The panel’s decision means that certain provisions of SB4, the anti-immigrant and discriminatory law, will go into effect. Importantly, today’s ruling did reiterate that the implementation of SB4 could… Continue »

Read court ruling here. Austin, TX – Today, the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals released its ruling on Senate Bill 4 (“SB4”) to vacate most of Judge Orlando Garcia’s preliminary injunction on the bill. The panel’s decision means that certain provisions of SB4, the anti-immigrant and discriminatory law, will go into effect today. Importantly,… Continue »

Democrats make gains, immigration a winning issue in swing districts, Texas Latinas likely to be elected to Congress for the first time ever Austin, TX – Texas officially launched the 2018 midterms with yesterday’s primary election. The biggest winners were Latinas and women of color seeking to make history, who ran campaigns that galvanized voters… Continue »

Austin, TX –  In a new piece, Roque Planas of HuffPost outlines the journey through anxiety, depression, PTSD–and towards recovery–of Norma Herrera, a formerly undocumented immigrant living in Texas. Growing up with the fear that she or her parents could be deported at any moment profoundly affected Norma’s mental health.  Even after she became a legal permanent resident,… Continue »

Dreamers and advocates in seven Texas cities today took to the streets, dropping banners over highways and making it clear that Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) is a “Dream Killer”. Sen. Cornyn is infamous in the immigration reform world for always saying nice things when it comes to immigrants and Dreamers — and acting against them… Continue »

Rep. Hurd must push GOP leadership to protect Dreamers and get USA Act passed in the House Austin, TX – A piece published in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram outlines Rep. Will Hurd’s (TX-23) introduction of the USA Act, a bill that would protect DACA recipients from deportation and put them on a path to citizenship while providing… Continue »

Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) is infamous within the immigration policy world for always talking a good game about passing immigration reform. But here’s the thing to remember: for more than a decade now, he’s blocked reform at every step. As the senior senator from a state with a Latino majority, Cornyn should be trying to… Continue »

Now that the government has reopened, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has “promised” Senate Democrats a vote on a bill that will address the crisis affecting Dreamers since the DACA program was ended by President Trump in September. Leading the efforts on the Republican side is Texas Sen. John Cornyn, who is self-reportedly “having a… Continue »