The fight for border and immigrants’ rights is especially important in the Lone Star State. Seventeen percent of our state’s residents are foreign-born, and we share a 1,254-mile border with Mexico. That border and the Texas communities along it endure the brunt of the nation’s long history of policies based in xenophobia and militarization. The state is a critical front in the struggle for border and immigrants’ rights in our country.
Immigrants in Texas have always been an important part of our state’s history, culture, and economy — but immigrant communities continue to be profiled, harassed, detained, and demonized. We at the ACLU of Texas are committed to defending the rights of border and immigrant communities in courtrooms, at the state legislature, with federal and state law enforcement agencies, and in communities large and small throughout the state.