Florence Project Denounces Supreme Court’s Decision in SB4 Case

Florence Project Denounces Supreme Court’s Decision in SB4 Case 

Phoenix, AZ – The Florence Immigrant & Refugee Rights Project is dismayed by the United States Supreme Court’s decision to allow Texas’ dangerous, unconstitutional SB4 to go into effect while litigation against the law proceeds through the courts. SB4 allows state officials to detain, arrest, and deport anyone suspected of crossing the border without authorization. Though a later ruling from the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals issued just before midnight after the Supreme Court’s decision again, at least temporarily, blocked the law, the Supreme Court’s decision remains deeply troubling and harmful. In response, Florence Project Legal Director Laura St. John said:  

“While the Supreme Court did not rule on the merits of SB4, allowing it to be enforced while litigation proceeds would cause irreparable harm to immigrant communities throughout Texas, who would be forced to endure the same type of profiling, harassment, and criminalization that we saw here in Arizona during the SB1070 days. Furthermore, the Supreme Court’s refusal to rebuke this blatantly unconstitutional law all but invites other states to follow Texas’ lead. We stand with immigrant communities in Texas and with the organizations fighting back against this law.”