NILC Statement Condemning Anti-Immigrant Texas Bill SB 4

November 15, 2023

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NILC Statement Condemning Anti-Immigrant Texas Bill SB 4

AUSTIN, Texas — Lisa Graybill, vice president of law and policy at the National Immigration Law Center, issued the following statement in response to the passage of Texas Senate Bill 4:

“SB 4 is the latest attempt by Texas legislators to take federal immigration law into their own hands for personal political gain through hatemongering and intimidation. Both the politics and the law behind this bill are dead wrong. Texas law enforcement officers should focus on protecting the health, welfare, and safety of all community members instead of trying to become the immigration police. This bill will have real human consequences that all Texas residents will feel. It is an extreme bill that will endanger communities and lead to racial profiling of both immigrants and U.S.-born residents.

“Federal courts, including the Supreme Court, have consistently held that the federal government has the sole authority to regulate immigration policy. The Texas Legislature is wrong to have passed it, and Governor Abbott will be wrong if he signs it. We call on Texas to abandon this cruel, illegal scheme and recognize that immigrants make Texas and our nation stronger.”