The fight for immigrants’ rights is especially important in the Lone Star State. Sixteen 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 are the location where many of the anti-immigrant policies, militarization, and overpolicing that have defined US immigration policies are enacted. Texas is thus a critical front in the national battle for 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 by extremist politicians and the militarized law enforcement agencies they control. We at the ACLU of Texas are committed to defending those rights in courtrooms, at the state legislature, and in communities large and small throughout the state.