As law enforcement agents escalate their intrusions into-and occupations of-Texas's immigrant communities, it's important for Texans to have access to real-time information. With immigrants, refugees and travelers being targeted with new or more aggressive enforcement tactics, the ACLU and its partners are committed to helping people understand their constitutional rights.
Starting March 12, our Immigrant and Refugee Hotline (833-HOU-IMMI) will expand its capacity take calls from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Calls will be taken in Spanish and English, with interpretation available in Vietnamese, Mandarin, Arabic, and other languages.
Our updated hotline will ensure that cases of racial profiling are brought to the attention of legal advocates, and will connect callers to local action and advocacy opportunities. And of course, the hotline will continue to serve as a connection point to free and low-cost immigration legal services, up-to-the-moment information about current immigration law, and the policies that affect non-citizen residents of the greater Houston region.
The expansion is a countermeasure to the profiling effects of Texas's Senate Bill 4 (SB4), and the continued voluntary collaboration of many city police departments in the greater Houston area.
The Immigration and Refugee Hotline is operated by a partnership that includes the ACLU of Texas, the Houston Immigration Legal Services Collaborative (HILSC), United We Dream, BakerRipley, Houston Volunteer Lawyers, the Tahirih Justice Center and Boat People SOS.