Statement in Response to Mayor Turner’s SB4 Comments

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The following is a statement by Mary Moreno, director of communications of the Texas Organizing Project, in response to Mayor Sylvester Turner’s comments today at city council:

“The Mayor is right that we need to be in Austin during special session protesting SB4. We were there during the regular session and will return.

“And he’s right when he says that he doesn’t have the power to repeal SB4. But that is not what the community has asked of him.

“All the people who speak so passionately about SB4, as he acknowledged, have a clear ask: file a lawsuit to stop SB4. We make this ask of him because he is our mayor. We want him to show he is on our side, that he will do whatever is in his power to make sure that the rights of all Houstonians are protected.

“We need him to show that he will stand up to Gov. Greg Abbott when he signs laws that effectively encourage and legalize racial profiling.

“Mayor Turner should join Texans fighting against discrimination and file suit to stop SB4. And when we do go to Austin, we’ll do so confident that back home, our mayor has our back.”

Supreme Court should reject Texas’ stalling motion in Texas vs US

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The following is a statement by Danny Cendejas, TOP’s immigration campaign field director, in response to Texas Solicitor General Scott Keller’s filing a 30-day extension to respond to the Department of Justice’s appeal to the Supreme Court on the lawsuit that is blocking the implementation of President Obama’s 2014 deferred action initiatives.

“We are disappointed, but not surprised, that Texas is once again leading the effort to obstruct progress. As sure as the sun rises, we can count on our elected officials to oppose any measure that would help the workers of Texas get ahead.

“This time it’s the implementation of President Obama’s executive actions on immigration, which would give nearly 700,000 Texans temporarily the freedom to work, drive and live without fear of deportation and being separated from their loved ones.

“We hope the Supreme Court rejects Texas’ stalling tactic, and promptly rules on the appeal, and lifts the injunction. Nearly 5 million people are depending on it.”

TOP Pleased with DOJ Appeal to Supreme Court

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The following is a statement from Danny Cendejas, TOP’s immigration campaign field director, on the Department of Justice filing an appeal today with the Supreme Court in Texas vs United States:

“We’re very pleased that the Department of Justice acted swiftly to file this appeal, and are hopeful that the Supreme Court will consider the case during this term, and lift the injunction.

“More than 5 million American lives depend on the Supreme Court’s decision. Life as an undocumented person in the US is full of hardship and sacrifice. No one deserves to live in the shadows, fearful of sudden deportation and separation from loved ones. No one deserves to work in the shadows, vulnerable to exploitation and unsafe working conditions.

“It’s unconscionable that Gov. Abbott, with his lawsuit to stop the President’s executive actions, would put politics ahead of the well being of so many Americans, and that he would deny even to meet with the families affected by his decision, to see their faces, to hear their stories.

“But Gov. Abbott won’t have the last word on this case. That belongs to the Supreme Court. And it’s established by precedent that the President acted lawfully on signing the executive actions. We will prevail, and we will remember who was against our progress.”