SB4 ruling heightens urgency for local elected officials to act

March 13, 2018

Sit-in protesting SB4 in Governor Greg Abbott's office in May, 2017
Advocates call on Austin and Travis County officials to enact policies that reduce the arrest-to-deportation pipeline in face of latest ruling upholding racial profiling law

AUSTIN — Today, a panel of judges at the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that most of SB4, the state’s extreme anti-immigrant enforcement bill signed into law last May by Governor Greg Abbott despite widespread opposition, can stay in effect while the case continues to wind its way through the courts.  

SB4 allows police to check immigration status at the point of a traffic stop and mandates that officials honor voluntary and constitutionally dubious immigration detainers, amongst other anti-immigrant measures that raise dire concerns about racial profiling and police accountability.   

“Local officials need to act swiftly to stop the arrest-to-deportation pipeline that will be accelerated by SB4,” said Bob Libal, executive director Grassroots Leadership. “They can start by enacting policies that end discretionary arrests while ensuring that scarce public resources are not wasted on unnecessary immigration enforcement actions that terrorize the immigrant community.”