08 May STATEMENT: Attorney General’s lawsuit against Austin is an attack on Constitutional principles

 

For Immediate Release
Monday May 8, 2017

Contact: Melissa Martinez
Phone: 512.474.5073 ext. 110
Email: melissa@texascivilrightsproject.org

 

STATEMENT: Attorney General’s lawsuit against Austin is an attack on Constitutional principles


Austin, TX –  Today, the Texas attorney general announced
a preemptive lawsuit asking the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas to uphold the constitutionality of Senate Bill 4.  The lawsuit targets the Travis County sheriff, Austin’s city council members and mayor, as well as the Mexican-American Legal Defense and Education Fund, or MALDEF.

Signed by the governor mere hours before the Attorney General’s announcement, SB4, the “show me your papers” law, has been resoundingly rejected by Texas law enforcement officers for promoting racial profiling and discouraging immigrant victims from reporting crimes against them.

Mimi Marziani, Executive Director of the Texas Civil Rights Project, said:

“This unprecedented step by the Attorney General’s office is a direct attack on democracy and local autonomy. We will not allow state officials to move their anti-immigrant agenda forward unchallenged and we stand with our community in Austin, our allies at MALDEF, and the Constitutional values we hold dear.”

 


The Texas Civil Rights Project uses legal advocacy to empower Texas communities and create policy change. In its twenty-five year history, TCRP has brought thousands of strategic lawsuits, defending voting rights, fighting institutional discrimination, and reforming systems of criminal justice. Today — with dozens of high-caliber attorneys and professionals in Austin, Dallas, El Paso, Houston and the Rio Grande Valley, and an extensive network of pro bono counsel and community allies — TCRP is among the most influential civil rights organizations in the Lone Star State.