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 »

Austin, TX – The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program provides opportunities and futures for nearly 800,000 Dreamers who live, study, and work in America, including more than 124,000 in Texas. Yet the future of DACA is under serious threat. A coordinated assault on DACA, led by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, is trying to force President… Continue »

Yesterday, Texas Together campaign launched in response to discriminatory law Austin, TX  – Texas’ racially discriminatory SB4 law will cost the state billions of dollars in revenue according to an analysis released yesterday by Texas Together, a campaign created by community and business leaders in opposition to the law. From the Texas Together campaign: The coalition urged… Continue »

Austin, TX  – According to immigration data reported in the Houston Chronicle, at least 1,714 people were targeted nationally for deportation despite presenting documents proving their U.S. citizenship to immigration judges. In the piece, reporter Lise Olsen notes that hundreds of people were detained for months because very few of them had access to attorneys as detained immigrants… Continue »

Austin, TX – The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is an unqualified success, providing new opportunities and futures for nearly 800,000 Dreamers who live, study, and work in America, including more than 124,000 in Texas. Each DACA recipient has come forward, passed a background check and been granted permission to live and work legally in America. As a result,… Continue »

Laredo City Council votes to join legal fight against SB 4 The Laredo City Council this week voted unanimously to join the lawsuit against SB 4, Texas’ new anti-immigrant law, following a public discussion lasting 2 hours during which 13 members of the public testified. All but two of those who spoke asked the City… Continue »

Austin, TX  – As the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program faces renewed attacks, originating from the Lone Star State, and ahead of today’s introduction of a new Dream Act from Senators Durbin (D-IL) and Graham (R-SC), Angelica Rodriguez, a Dreamer; DACA recipient; and advocate for immigrant rights, has a new piece for the Austin-American Statements outlining the life changing… Continue »

Acting ICE Director Homan tells media that he will send hundreds of agents into “sanctuary cities” Austin, TX – Yesterday, The Hill reported that the Trump administration plans to use federal law enforcement agents in a campaign against American cities and counties who have challenged the Trump Administration’s mass deportation agenda. ICE Acting Director Thomas Homan laid… Continue »

Redistricting trial could upend Texas state, House districts before 2018 elections A weeklong trial is continuing in Texas over redistricting, the culmination of a six-year long battle that started in 2011. As the Texas Tribune reported, a three-judge federal district court panel in Texas is “at the end of a week of hearings over the… Continue »