For Immediate Release: Thursday, August 31, 2017
Federal Judge Halts Hate-Backed Law SB 4
(WASHINGTON)—Kica Matos, spokesperson for the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), issued the following statement after a federal judge issued a preliminary ruling against the state of Texas and halted the implementation of SB 4:
“As families in Texas begin to deal with the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, immigrant communities can breathe a sigh of relief that a federal judge has blocked parts of SB 4, the country’s most anti-immigrant law. Black and brown families can now focus on recovery instead of living with the worry of survival coupled with the fear of deportation.
The preliminary ruling blocks key provisions in the law that prevent sanctuary cities, as well as the requirements that local law enforcement act as immigration officers and hold undocumented immigrants in detention. While this ruling is a temporary victory, it affirms what we’ve been saying: SB 4 is a racist law put forth by white supremacists whose only goal is to make America white again.
Hurricane Harvey has devastated Texas, displacing millions of residents from their homes. The state’s large immigrant communities should not have to worry about their status when seeking help for their families. As Congress returns to session next week, we urge all lawmakers to put politics aside when they reconvene to provide funds for all residents affected by Hurricane Harvey.”