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Even before the Trump Administration took office, some 11 million undocumented immigrants were already subject to a brutal detention and deportation machine. A drastic shift in rhetoric around immigrants, a sharp rise in raids, the travel ban, and the rescinding of DACA are all indicative of an antagonistic Administration whose hardened stance on immigrants and refugees is intended to push some of the countrys most vulnerable into the shadows.
Nowhere is this more so than in Texas, a state that remains the epicenter of immigration activism. Undocumented Texans are fighting not only an increasingly anti-immigrant federal government, but also an emboldened state government. Activists are currently mobilizing against Senate Bill 4, a controversial measure designed to crack down on "sanctuary cities." If implemented, the bill, commonly referred to as the "show me your papers" law, would give local law enforcement the authority to ask about a person's immigration status during routine interactions such as traffic stops and force local law enforcement to comply with federal immigration officials. Although a federal court issued an order temporarily blocking the majority of SB4 from going into effect on September 1st, a federal appeals court recently limited the federal courts decision. The next court hearing on SB4 will be scheduled in early November.
A new film called Out of Reach follows actress America Ferrera as she travels to Texas in the final months of the Obama Administration to find out how these immigration policies are affecting the 1.65 million undocumented people currently living in the state.
Join us for a free screening of Out of Reach along with a Q&A and discussion with local leaders to learn all the ways we can fight back against policies like SB4.
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