STATEMENT: TCRP heads to New Orleans to keep injunction against anti-immigrant law SB4
Friday, September 22, 2017
For Immediate Release
Contact: Melissa Martinez
New Orleans, LA — The State of Texas’s challenge to the preliminary injunction against the anti-immigrant, “show me your papers” law SB4 will be heard by the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit today.
In August, Judge Orlando Garcia granted a preliminary injunction against the law, blocking all major portions of SB4 from going into effect. While this legal victory put the brakes on the hateful law, just days later, Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a motion to stay the judge’s ruling, and allow the law to go into effect.
The Texas Civil Rights Project represents the Texas Organizing Project Education Fund and MOVE San Antonio in the consolidated action against SB4 in New Orleans. TCRP is partnered 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:
“We have already seen the real-life devastation that this anti-immigrant law has caused. Even with the injunction, the law has eroded trust with police and made communities less safe. During Hurricane Harvey, instead of focusing on their safety, hundreds of thousands of immigrants and their families feared profiling and potential deportation, putting whole communities in danger.
“SB4 violates our constitution and makes Texas less safe. We will fight in the courtroom to prevent the state from overturning our injunction and we will stand with our immigrant communities, including those served by our clients, the Texas Organizing Project Education Fund and MOVE San Antonio, to make sure this hateful law does not continue to harm our state.”
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.