09 Aug STATEMENT: Judge rules that Texas case against SB4 “lacks standing”

For Immediate Release
Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Contact: Melissa Martinez
Phone: 210.867.3506
Email: melissa@texascivilrightsproject.org

STATEMENT: Judge rules that Texas case against SB4 “lacks standing”

Austin, TX — In a victory against the discriminatory “show me your papers” Senate Bill 4, Judge Sam Sparks dismissed the preemptive lawsuit that Texas filed against Travis County and others in federal court in Austin the same day that Governor Greg Abbott signed SB4 into law.

Texas had sought a declaration that SB 4 is constitutional, but the Court determined it could not decide that issue because Texas lacked standing. Judge Sparks agreed with defendants that the lawsuit – which targeted the Travis County sheriff, Austin’s city council members and mayor, as well as the Mexican-American Legal Defense and Education Fund and the Texas Organizing Project Education Fund – was premature and that Texas has not suffered any injury.

The Texas Civil Rights Project represents TOPEF and MOVE San Antonio in the consolidated action against SB4 in San Antonio. Today’s ruling in Austin means that the San Antonio  action can move forward, and the Court there is expected to issue a decision soon following the June 26 hearing.

Efrén C. Olivares, the Racial & Economic Justice Director with the Texas Civil Rights Project, said:
“Texas’ misguided lawsuit was a direct attack on democracy and local autonomy. The Texas Civil Rights Project continues its fight against SB4 and will not allow State officials to move their anti-immigrant agenda forward unchallenged. We are pleased that the Court saw right through Texas’ improper legal maneuver and agreed with what TCRP and other lawyers leading the fight against SB 4 have said from the beginning about Texas’ lawsuit.”



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.