Sunday, June 25, 2017

Federal Court to Hear MALDEF Request to Block Texas SB 4

(SAN ANTONIO, TX) – MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund) will appear before a federal judge in the U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas, tomorrowmorning on behalf of clients seeking to block Texas Senate Bill 4 from taking effect.

WHAT:     Hearing on motion for a preliminary injunction to block Texas SB 4

WHO:        Nina Perales, MALDEF vice president for litigation

WHEN:      9:30 a.m., Monday, June 26, 2017

WHERE:   John H. Wood Jr. United States Courthouse

                    655 E Cesar E Chavez Blvd.

                    San Antonio, TX

BACKGROUND: MALDEF has sued Texas on behalf of the City of San Antonio, San Antonio Councilmember Rey A. Saldaña, the Texas Association of Chicanos in Higher Education, the Workers Defense Project and La Union Del Pueblo Entero, alleging SB 4 violates the First, Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution, as well other constitutional and statutory provisions.

Last week, MALDEF filed a motion requesting a federal court to block the law from taking effect. The request is intended to prevent Texans from being subject to the negative and punitive impact the law would bring about if it goes into effect as scheduled on Sept. 1. Among other harmful provisions, the law would allow local law enforcement authorities to ask, without training or cause, about the immigration status of individuals they stop. It would also curb free speech protections by allowing for the removal or prosecution of elected officials who oppose SB 4. U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia will hear arguments tomorrow.


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