What is SB4?
On May 7, 2017, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed Senate Bill 4 (SB4) forcing local governments and law enforcement agencies to do the work of federal immigration officers. The law punishes any officials who choose to not cooperate with immigration officers. Read full document.
What is the current status of the SB4?
SB4 was scheduled to go into effect on September 1, 2017. On August 30, 2017, after the disastrous events caused by Hurricane Harvey, Texas Judge Orlando Garcia temporarily blocked some portions of the law. The State of Texas filed an appeal on the court’s decision sending the case to be heard by the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans, Louisiana, one of the country’s most conservative appeals panels. On September 25, 2017, three federal judges with the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit partially stayed Judge Orlando Garcia’s preliminary injunction against the anti-immigrant allowing certain provisions SB4 to go into effect.
What parts of the law are active?
Most parts of the bill are active. police CAN ask you for documents during the any police interaction.
What parts of the law are blocked?
Only the laws that prevent elected officials from antagonizing the law are blocked.
What are the community concerns of SB4?
SB4 places Texans at risk for profiling and discrimination and could lead to unnecessary and harmful turmoil to cities and counties. It also forces enforcement officials to prioritize the safety of their communities diverting their resources to comply with the needs of the federal government. The implementation of SB4 also causes the local community to lose trust in their law enforcement representatives driving victims and witnesses of crime into the shadows.
What can we do to stop SB4?
We need to organize and fight back.