This week, San Antonio Judge Orlando Garcia ruled that the Bexar County sheriff violated the constitutional rights of Julio Trujillo Santoyo by holding him on an ICE detainer for more than two months even after his criminal charges were dismissed. Judge Garcia is also presiding over the case against Texas’ anti-immigrant, “show me your papers”… Continue »

Here’s the latest in what’s going on with SB 4 and Texas immigration news. Judge who will hear SB 4 suit ruled against ICE detainers Opponents of Texas’ SB 4 anti-immigrant law were given a good sign this week when Judge Orlando Garcia — the same federal judge who will hear the San Antonio lawsuit… Continue »

AILA is moving its annual immigration conference due to SB 4.

Yesterday, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) announced that it was moving its 2018 annual immigration conference from Texas due to the passage of the SB4. As the Texas Tribune reported: AILA ‘said the bill’s ‘dangerous, destructive and counterproductive proposals’ go against the group’s mission … ‘One of the issues that drove the board’s decision… Continue »

Today, the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) and the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas sued the state of Texas, in an SB4 lawsuit designed to block the law from taking effect this year. The Dallas Morning News’ James Barragan detailed the plaintiffs’ argument: “In their motion, attorneys said the law, previously known as… Continue »

One week ago, more than one thousand people descended on the Texas Capitol to stand against the state’s anti-immigrant “show me your papers” law, SB4, which will allow for racial discrimination against people of color across the state. In a new piece for The New Yorker, Jonathan Blitzer reviews the intense reactions from Texas police… Continue »

The Trump Administration’s DHS is focused on deporting any immigrant and every immigrant they can find – choosing “easy targets” such as those attending government check-ins who have no criminal records. In a powerful and heartbreaking piece published this weekend, the Houston Chronicle tells one local family’s heartbreaking story to demonstrate how “the rules have… Continue »

While Gov. Abbott Expands His Lawsuit Against Civil Rights Organizations Standing Up to SB4, the City of Austin Joins the Fight Against the State’s “Show Me Your Papers” Bill Austin, TX – Late last night, and while challenges continue to mount for the “Show Me Your Papers” bill, it was discovered that Gov. Abbott and… Continue »

San Antonio and Austin sue Texas over SB 4 This week in Texas, San Antonio and Austin sued the state over the anti-immigrant and discriminatory​ “show me your papers” law, ​SB 4 . The Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF) formally filed the lawsuit on behalf of San Antonio as well as the Texas… Continue »

Earlier this week, hundreds gather at the Texas state capitol to protest TX SB4, the virulently anti-civil rights, anti-immigrant, and anti-public safety legislation signed into law earlier this month. While not set to go into effect until September 1, SB4 has already inspired racial profiling – just this week, Texas Rep. Matt Rinaldi cast freedom… Continue »

SB4 targets all people of color.

Yesterday, more than 1,000 people from across the country of all races and ethnicities, took over the Texas Capitol to protest SB4, a racist and anti-immigrant law that targets people of color by allowing local law enforcement agents to act as federal immigration officials. Activists and allies in a rally organized by United We Dream,… Continue »