Voto Latino Statement on SB4 Injunction
Washington, D.C. – Today a Texas court ruled to issue a preliminary injunction to temporarily halt the implementation of Senate Bill 4, a “show me your papers” law that criminalizes and discriminates against immigrants and people of color.” The bill would have allowed police officers to ask people who “look” like immigrants for proof of citizenship during routine stops, including children.
Voto Latino President and CEO Maria Teresa Kumar issued the following statement:
“Our community organized, mobilized, sued and prevailed. Today Latino families in Texas can breath a little easier, knowing they do not need hide in the shadows or live in fear under a law that makes them vulnerable to discrimination simply because of how they look. This victory demonstrates our community’s cumulative power to combat unconstitutional laws that discriminate against Americans based on their skin color, separate families, target the most vulnerable, and damage public safety.
Today’s court decision sends a clear message to other states considering similar discriminatory legislation that racial profiling will not be condoned.
We must continue to hold lawmakers accountable – in Texas and nationwide – by flexing our voting power year-round to stop dangerous legislation that violates the civil rights of the 56.6 million Latinos living in the United States. At the polls, we will remember the elected officials who upheld American values and those who opted to scapegoat and divide communities. To every person who joined the fight against SB 4, your voice and your actions sent a clear message to the world: Hate, discrimination, and intolerance have no place in America.”