STATEMENT: SB4 back in court, TCRP remains vigilant for civil rights violations
For Immediate Release
Tuesday November 7th, 2017
Contact: Zenén Jaimes Pérez
Phone: (512) 474-5073 ext. 116
New Orleans, LA — Today, the Texas Civil Rights Project along with other legal and community allies are returning to the Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit to present argument on Texas’ “show me your papers” law, SB4.
The hearing took place today before a panel of three judges who considered the merits of the preliminary injunction issued in August by the district court in San Antonio. The panel considered whether to uphold the preliminary injunction that blocked parts of the law from going into effect, including: restrictions on the free speech of local officials that support pro-immigrant policies and a mandate for local law enforcement to comply with all ICE detainers in local jails.
In late September, a different three-judge panel from the 5th Circuit Court allowed certain provisions of SB 4, including the immigration holds mandate, to go into effect while the case continues in the courts.
The Texas Civil Rights Project represents the Texas Organizing Project Education Fund and MOVE San Antonio in the consolidated action against SB4. TCRP partners with co-counsel Garza, Golando, & Moran, LLC, which represents El Paso County and several El Paso elected officials.
Efrén C. Olivares, Racial & Economic Justice Program Director with the Texas Civil Rights Project, said:
“The road to end the discriminatory and unjust SB4 is long, but we are confident that the law is on our side. We vow to continue fighting against SB4 in the courts as long as necessary. Despite the damage the law has already caused, communities across the state, from cities and counties to law enforcement officials, have come together to challenge the law in court. As we await the ruling from the panel, we will remain vigilant with our partners across the state to ensure that the rights of immigrants and their families are not violated.”
The Texas Civil Rights Project uses legal advocacy to empower Texas communities and create policy change. In its twenty-five year history, TCRP has brought thousands of strategic lawsuits, defending voting rights, fighting institutional discrimination, and reforming systems of criminal justice. Today — with dozens of high-caliber attorneys and professionals in Austin, Dallas, El Paso, Houston and the Rio Grande Valley, and an extensive network of pro bono counsel and community allies — TCRP is among the most influential civil rights organizations in the Lone Star State.