JAC: With Decision on Texas Law, Supreme Court Opens the Door to Racial Discrimination


HOUSTON – In a reversal of a lower court decision, the Supreme Court allowed SB 4, Texas’s discriminatory “show me your papers” law, to take effect. The law, which is the latest ploy in Texas’s anti-immigrant agenda, was modeled after Arizona’s notorious SB 1070. Below is a statement from Justice Action Center Legal Director Esther Sung, a Houstonian and co-counsel in Valle del Sol v. Brewer, the civil rights groups’ legal challenge to Arizona’s anti-immigrant law: 

“Governor Abbott and his ilk have made it their mission to demagogue immigrants and anyone who stands with them. Instead of providing a check to Abbott’s unhinged agenda, the Supreme Court has given him a green light that will harm all Texans and set dangerous precedent. Laws like SB 4 that allow state law enforcement to carry out detention and deportations are bad policy and bad politics; encourage racial profiling and discrimination; and usurp executive authority to advance their anti-immigrant agenda. As a litigator and a Texan, I stand firmly with the millions of people who reject these politics of hate.”

Justice Action Center (JAC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting for greater justice for immigrant communities by combining litigation and storytelling. JAC is committed to bringing additional litigation resources to address unmet needs, empower clients, and change the corrosive narrative around immigrants in the U.S. Learn more at justiceactioncenter.org and follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

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Joan Agoh

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