New Orleans, LA – Today, immigrant youth, families, and allies traveled hundreds of miles from across Texas to the US 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in the fight to end the terrorizing and hateful racial profiling law SB 4.
Despite a partial injunction of the bill, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is viciously litigating for full implementation of the law that sends terror through Texas immigrant and nonimmigrant communities alike by using local police as federal immigration law enforcement and furthering the AG’s white supremacist agenda to force the separation of Texas families of color. A full hearing on the law is scheduled for early November.
Julieta Garibay, co-founder and Campaigns Director, United We Dream said: “There is a mass deportation plan in play and Texas immigrants and our families are being targeted for its terror. It is a white supremacist agenda led by Trump, with the help of Texas Governor Abbott and Texas AG Paxton. We know the power of our communities to organize and resist the racist agendas of extremist politicians and that’s why our people showed up at the 5th Circuit today – because when our communities are under attack, we rise up and fight back!
Damaris Gonzalez of Houston, TX, and DACA recipient who confronted Ken Paxton on DACA and testified against SB 4, and whose workplace was devastated by Harvey said: “We are here today fighting for the full repeal of SB 4 because Texans say NO to racial profiling, and NO to the mass incarceration, detainment, deportation and separation of families of color. I am from Houston, where we are working hard to put our lives back together, some lives changed forever, and it’s appalling that in the middle of this devastation that elected officials in Texas are dedicating time to further terrorizing my family, my livelihood and seek to push people like me into the shadows. I was here today to make it clear that my immigrant community is not going anywhere. Texas is our home. We are here to stay.”
Daniel Candelaria of Dickinson, TX, and DACA recipient who rallied with undocumented youth to move state legislators and testifed against SB 4 said: “As I see my neighbors in Galveston County rebuilding their homes in the wake of Harvey, as I see Abbott and Paxton driving racial profiling onto our Texas streets and college campuses, and as we’ve witnessed Trump killing DACA, a program that has changed my life, I am reminded today that my community is resilient and strong. Against all odds, we will rebuild our cities and lives after Harvey, we will stop SB 4, and we will pass a clean Dream Act to protect our families and our homes – our lives depend on it.”