TOP: “We’ve always known that Texas’ stringent ID law was discriminatory. It was written with that intent.”

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The following is a statement by Crystal Zermeno, director of electoral strategy for the Texas Organizing Project, in reaction to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal’s decision to strike down the Texas voting ID law:

“We’ve always known that Texas’ stringent ID law was discriminatory. It was written with that intent. In a state that regularly has the lowest voter turnout in the nation, there was no other motive for this law than to discourage even more people of color from voting. Widespread in-person voter fraud is a figment of the imagination concocted in right-wing politicians’ minds.

“It is frustrating that the courts took this long to make this decision, and even now are asking the same people who crafted this discriminatory law to find a remedy for it.

“The only solution for this made up problem is to scrap the law and focus on bringing more people to the polls.  Our remedy for Texas’ real voting problem, paltry participation, would include online and automatic voter registration, extended early voting and universal voting by mail.

“Moving people to the polls is the first step in creating a representative, responsive government that cares about growing inequality. Until then, we will continue to have a government elected by a few that serves only those few.”

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


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


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.”