On September 25, 2017, the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans granted a stay on the lower court’s order blocking many of the provisions of Senate Bill 4. The ruling maintains the block on the free speech restrictions of SB 4 that targets local officials who criticize or otherwise oppose SB 4. The The order also:
- local jurisdictions are not allowed to make rules against those “who, in effect, have authority that may impact immigration, from ‘assisting or cooperating with a federal immigration officer as reasonable or necessary, including providing enforcement assistance[.]’ “
- local jurisdictions remain free to decline requests they believe could violate constitutional rights or other laws.
MALDEF SB4 – 5th Circuit Ruling Fact Sheets (English & Spanish)
- SB4 Appeals Court Decision: Sept. 25, 2017
- SB4 Decisión del Tribunal de Apelaciones: 25 de septiembre de 2017