State officials have a notorious history of discriminating against Texas residents due to immutable and arbitrary characteristics, including race, ethnicity, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation and physical disability.
Our work ferrets out discriminatory policies that restrict access to social and economic necessities and protects the civil rights of historically marginalized communities – including immigrants, people with disabilities, and veterans.
In April 2017, TCRP launched a new campaign, including bilingual videos, to protect the civil rights of Texas landowners while pushing back against construction of a wall that is offensive to communities and ineffective as a matter of immigration policy.
On May 7th, Texas’ Governor, Greg Abbott, signed SB 4 into law. SB 4 is the most discriminatory piece of anti-immigrant legislation in the United States. The bill makes Texas less safe by encouraging racial profiling and forcing local police to act as federal immigration agents.
In the summer of 2016, we settled a lawsuit against the state for refusing to issue birth certificates to babies born in Texas to undocumented mothers. We represented dozens of immigrant families from the Rio Grande Valley as well as the community organizing union, La Unión del Pueblo Entero, working with Texas RioGrande Legal Aid.
Judge Orlando Garcia granted a preliminary injunction against the anti-immigrant law, SB4. The court blocked all major portions of the law including provisions mandating cooperation with Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainers in local jails, restricting the free speech and power of local officials, and punishing local police that opt to not ask community members about their immigration status.