FWD.us Statement on SCOTUS Decision Allowing Anti-Immigrant Texas Law to Go into Effect

WASHINGTON, DC – FWD.us Vice President for Immigration Policy and Campaigns Andrea Flores issued the following statement following a Supreme Court decision to allow anti-immigrant Texas Senate Bill 4 (SB 4) to go into effect while litigation continues:

“We are deeply alarmed by the Supreme Court’s decision to allow SB 4 to go into effect in Texas amidst ongoing legal challenges. This preliminary decision not only incentivizes members of local Texas law enforcement to engage in racial profiling, but it also encourages even more dangerous overreach of state governments into federal matters and undermines fundamental constitutional principles.

“SB 4 is unconstitutional and its implementation will unjustly target Texas families, including American citizens, longtime undocumented residents awaiting federal relief, and recent migrants seeking legal protections. It will seriously harm the state’s economy and undermine effective border security measures and public safety. The Biden administration must continue to fight Texas’ unconstitutional foray into federal immigration policy in the courts while also taking concrete executive steps to relieve pressure on the border by expanding existing legal pathways and take immediate action to protect longtime undocumented families from this law.”

Earlier this week, FWD.us Regional Government Relations Director Zaira Garcia and Director of Immigration Capacity Building Susie Haslett wrote an op-ed for the Austin American-Statesman delineating how SB 4 is an “unconstitutional bill that would attack Texas families, damage our economy, and hurt our entire state.”

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