FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Cesar Espinosa (English)
Alain Cisneros (Español)
JUDGE BLOCKS SB4
COMMUNITY REJOICES INT HE MIDST OF BAD NEWS.
[Houston, TX] On August 30, 2017 a federal judge has blocked the SB4 law from going into effect. FIEL spokespeople are available for comment.
San Antonio Federal Judge Orlando Garcia has rules a majority of SB 4 provisions, including the one that forces local police departments to inquire about immigration status, have been block and rules as unconstitutional. Law enforcement officers will not be punished in not inquiring immigration status. Furthermore, local municipalities and police departments are no longer forced to comply with ICE detainers come September 1st, 2017.
We know the defendants of this case might look to counter this legal but for now, the battle makes it way to the 5th Circuit Court, in Louisiana.
"This is a tremendous victory for our community. We have been fighting SB 4 since it’s introduction into the Texas Congress. We know this is a temporary victory but sets precedent for future legal battles. " Abraham Espinosa Director of Community Protection, FIEL Houston.
FIEL: Immigrant Families and Students in the Struggle is an organization that advocates for just laws for immigrant families,
access to higher education for all people regardless of immigration status and for the rights of all people in unjust situations.