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Case Name Texas v. Travis County IM-TX-0044
Docket / Court 1:17-cv-00425 ( W.D. Tex. )
State/Territory Texas
Case Type(s) Immigration and/or the Border
Special Collection Civil Rights Challenges to Trump Immigration Enforcement Orders
Case Summary
This suit seeks to support Texas's law Senate Bill 4 (SB4), which requires local Texas law enforcement to cooperate with federal immigration officials and punishes them if they do not. Unlike the suits that seek to ... read more >
This suit seeks to support Texas's law Senate Bill 4 (SB4), which requires local Texas law enforcement to cooperate with federal immigration officials and punishes them if they do not. Unlike the suits that seek to challenge President Trump's "Sanctuary City" Executive Order, this suit aims to support the work of federal immigration officials.

The Four Texas Cases

There are, so far, four cases addressing SB4--this one was the first filed. The four cases are this one, which is before Judge Sam Sparks, and three that are in front of Judge Orlando Garcia:
City of El Cenizo v. Texas, No. 1:17-cv-00404 (W.D. Tex.) IM-TX-0046
City of San Antonio, Texas v. State of Texas, No. 5:17-cv-00489 (W.D. Tex.), IM-TX-0047

This case was brought by Texas against pro-immigration cities and counties; the other three were brought by pro-immigration cities and counties seeking a declaratory judgment and injunction barring implementation of SB4. On June 6, Judge Garcia, consolidated the three other cases, with El Cenizo becoming the lead case in the consolidation. This case, however, remains separate.

Summary of this litigation

On May 7, 2017, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed this suit seeking a declaratory judgment approving SB4. Defendants are Travis County, City of Austin, and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF). In their complaint, the plaintiffs accused defendants of being "openly hostile" to cooperation with federal immigration officials both in policy and in practice. Judge Sam Sparks was assigned to the case.

On May 24, defendants filed a motion to dismiss for lack of jurisdiction. In that motion, defendants argued that the state filed the suit prior to SB4 going into effect and that it had suffered no direct injury. That same day, the state filed a motion to consolidate this case with a similar one, City of El Cenizo v. Texas, No. 1:17-cv-00404 (W.D. Tex.)
Texas gave notice of appeal of the dismissal on Aug. 31.

The case is ongoing.

Jamie Kessler - 07/31/2017
Virginia Weeks - 09/16/2017


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Constitutional Clause
Equal Protection
Federalism
Unreasonable search and seizure
General
Funding
Immigration/Border
Admission - criteria
Admission - procedure
Asylum - criteria
Asylum - procedure
Border police
Constitutional rights
ICE/DHS/INS raid
Sanctuary city/state
Undocumented immigrants - rights and duties
Undocumented immigrants - state and local regulation
Plaintiff Type
State Plaintiff
Causes of Action Declaratory Judgment Act, 28 U.S.C. § 2201
Defendant(s) City of Austin
Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund
Travis County
Plaintiff Description State of Texas
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted Moot
Prevailing Party None Yet / None
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief None yet
Source of Relief None yet
Case Ongoing Yes
Case Listing IM-TX-0046 : El Paso County v. State of Texas (W.D. Tex.)
IM-TX-0045 : City of El Cenizo v. State of Texas (W.D. Tex.)
IM-TX-0047 : City of San Antonio v. Texas (W.D. Tex.)
Additional Resources
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  Memorandum on Rescission Of Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
www.dhs.gov
Date: Sep. 5, 2017
By: Department of Homeland Security (Department of Homeland Security)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

  #StopSB4
Texas Civil Rights Project
Date: Jun. 27, 2017
By: Texas Civil Rights Project
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

  Implementation of Executive Order 13768, "Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States
The Washington Post
Date: May 22, 2017
By: Jefferson Sessions (U.S. Department of Justice)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

  Re: Implementing the President's Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements Policies (Final, 2/20/2017)
dhs.gov
Date: Feb. 20, 2017
By: DHS Secretary John Kelly (United States Department of Homeland Security)
[ Detail ] [ PDF ] [ External Link ]

  Re: Enforcement of the Immigration Laws to Serve the National Interest (Final, 2/20/2017)
dhs.gov
Date: Feb. 20, 2017
By: DHS Secretary John Kelly (United States Department of Homeland Security)
[ Detail ] [ PDF ] [ External Link ]

  Executive Order 13767: Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements
Federal Register
Date: Jan. 27, 2017
By: President Donald Trump (Office of the President)
Citation: 82 Fed. Reg. Presidential Documents 8793 (Jan. 27, 2017)
[ Detail ] [ PDF ]

  Executive Order 13768: Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States
Federal Register
Date: Jan. 25, 2017
By: President Donald Trump (Office of the President)
[ Detail ] [ PDF ] [ External Link ]

Docket(s)
1:17-cv-00425 (W.D. Tex.)
IM-TX-0044-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 08/31/2017
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
City of Austin's Motion to Dismiss [ECF# 16]
IM-TX-0044-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 05/24/2017
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Defendants' Travis County and Sheriff Sally Hernandez's Motion to Dismiss Pursuant to Rule 12(b)(1) and Motion for Expedited Ruling [ECF# 18]
IM-TX-0044-0004.pdf | Detail
Date: 05/26/2017
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Defendants' Travis County and Sheriff Sally Hernandez's Amended Motion to Dismiss Pursuant to Rule 12(b)(1) and Request to Expedite Ruling [ECF# 19]
IM-TX-0044-0005.pdf | Detail
Date: 05/26/2017
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
First Amended Complaint for Declaratory Judgment [ECF# 23]
IM-TX-0044-0008.pdf | Detail
Date: 05/31/2017
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Defendants Travis County and Sheriff Sally Hernandez's Motion to Dismiss First Amended Complaint Pursuant to F.R.C.P. 12(b)(1) and Request to Expedite Ruling [ECF# 26]
IM-TX-0044-0011.pdf | Detail
Date: 06/02/2017
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
City of Austin's Amended Motion to Dismiss [ECF# 27]
IM-TX-0044-0012.pdf | Detail
Date: 06/02/2017
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Notice of Voluntary Dismissal Pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P 41(a)(1)(A)(i) [ECF# 53]
IM-TX-0044-0014.pdf | Detail
Date: 06/16/2017
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Motion to Dismiss by Defendants City of El Cenizo, Texas, Raul L. Reyes, Maverick County, Tom Schmerber, and Mario A. Hernandez [ECF# 60]
IM-TX-0044-0015.pdf | Detail
Date: 06/28/2017
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum of Law in Support of Motion to Dismiss by Defendants City of El Cenizo, Texas, Raul L. Reyes, Maverick County, Tom Schmerber, and Mario A. Hernandez [ECF# 61]
IM-TX-0044-0016.pdf | Detail
Date: 06/28/2017
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Defendant Texas Organizing Project Education Fund's Motion to Dismiss Plaintiff's First Amended Complaint [ECF# 62]
IM-TX-0044-0017.pdf | Detail
Date: 06/28/2017
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
The County of El Paso and Sheriff Richard Wiles' Motion to Dismiss [ECF# 64]
IM-TX-0044-0018.pdf | Detail
Date: 06/29/2017
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Amended Motion to Dismiss by Defendants City of El Cenizo, Texas, Raul L. Reyes, Maverick County, Tom Schmerber, Mario A. Hernandez, and League of United Latin American Citizens [ECF# 65]
IM-TX-0044-0019.pdf | Detail
Date: 06/29/2017
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Plaintiffs' Response in Opposition to Defendants' Motions to Dismiss [ECF# 71]
IM-TX-0044-0020.pdf | Detail
Date: 07/12/2017
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Defendant Texas Organizing Project Education Fund's Reply in Support of Its Motion to Dismiss [ECF# 72]
IM-TX-0044-0021.pdf | Detail
Date: 07/19/2017
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order [granting motion to dismiss] [ECF# 74] (2017 WL 3433540) (W.D. Tex.)
IM-TX-0044-0022.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Date: 08/09/2017
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Sparks, Sam (W.D. Tex.)
IM-TX-0044-0022 | IM-TX-0044-9000
Plaintiff's Lawyers Hacker, David J. (Texas)
IM-TX-0044-0008 | IM-TX-0044-0014 | IM-TX-0044-0020 | IM-TX-0044-9000
Leonie, Andrew D. (Texas)
IM-TX-0044-0008 | IM-TX-0044-0014 | IM-TX-0044-0020 | IM-TX-0044-9000
Mateer, Jeffrey C. (Texas)
IM-TX-0044-0008 | IM-TX-0044-0014 | IM-TX-0044-0020 | IM-TX-0044-9000
McCarty, Darren L. (Texas)
IM-TX-0044-0008 | IM-TX-0044-0014 | IM-TX-0044-0020 | IM-TX-0044-9000
Nimocks, David A. (Texas)
IM-TX-0044-0008 | IM-TX-0044-0014 | IM-TX-0044-0020 | IM-TX-0044-9000
Paxton, Ken (Texas)
IM-TX-0044-0008 | IM-TX-0044-0014 | IM-TX-0044-0020 | IM-TX-0044-9000
Starr, Brantley D. (Texas)
IM-TX-0044-0008 | IM-TX-0044-0014 | IM-TX-0044-0020 | IM-TX-0044-9000
Stonedale, Joel (Texas)
IM-TX-0044-0014 | IM-TX-0044-0020 | IM-TX-0044-9000
Toth, Michael C. (Texas)
IM-TX-0044-0008 | IM-TX-0044-0014 | IM-TX-0044-0020 | IM-TX-0044-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Amdur, Spencer (New York)
IM-TX-0044-0015 | IM-TX-0044-0016 | IM-TX-0044-0019
Bono, Marisa (Texas)
IM-TX-0044-9000
Champion, Cassandra Lang (Texas)
IM-TX-0044-0017 | IM-TX-0044-0021 | IM-TX-0044-9000
Coppola, Christopher John (Texas)
IM-TX-0044-0002 | IM-TX-0044-0004 | IM-TX-0044-0005 | IM-TX-0044-0011 | IM-TX-0044-0012 | IM-TX-0044-9000
Dummer, David W. (Texas)
IM-TX-0044-9000
Eiserloh, Laurie R (Texas)
IM-TX-0044-0004 | IM-TX-0044-0005 | IM-TX-0044-0011 | IM-TX-0044-9000
Escamilla, David A. (Texas)
IM-TX-0044-0004 | IM-TX-0044-0005 | IM-TX-0044-0011
Garcia, Yolanda C. (Texas)
IM-TX-0044-9000
Garza, Jose (Texas)
IM-TX-0044-0018 | IM-TX-0044-9000
Gelernt, Lee (New York)
IM-TX-0044-0015 | IM-TX-0044-0016 | IM-TX-0044-0019
Hicks, Max Renea (Texas)
IM-TX-0044-0015 | IM-TX-0044-0016 | IM-TX-0044-0019 | IM-TX-0044-9000
Jadwat, Omar C. (New York)
IM-TX-0044-0015 | IM-TX-0044-0016 | IM-TX-0044-0019
Kang, Stephen B. (California)
IM-TX-0044-0015 | IM-TX-0044-0016
Labadie, Tim (Texas)
IM-TX-0044-0004 | IM-TX-0044-0005 | IM-TX-0044-0011 | IM-TX-0044-9000
Marziani, Mimi Murray Digby (Texas)
IM-TX-0044-0017 | IM-TX-0044-0021 | IM-TX-0044-9000
Moran, Michael Patrick (Texas)
IM-TX-0044-0018 | IM-TX-0044-9000
Moreno, Celina Ysela (Texas)
IM-TX-0044-9000
Nelson, Anthony J. (Texas)
IM-TX-0044-0004 | IM-TX-0044-0005 | IM-TX-0044-0011 | IM-TX-0044-9000
Olivares, Efren Carlos (Texas)
IM-TX-0044-0017 | IM-TX-0044-0021 | IM-TX-0044-9000
Perales, Nina (Texas)
IM-TX-0044-0011 | IM-TX-0044-9000
Saldivar, Edgar (Texas)
IM-TX-0044-0015 | IM-TX-0044-0016
Sanchez, Jose F. (California)
IM-TX-0044-9000
Segura, Andre Ivan (New York)
IM-TX-0044-0015 | IM-TX-0044-0016 | IM-TX-0044-0019
Siegel, Michael (Texas)
IM-TX-0044-0002 | IM-TX-0044-0004 | IM-TX-0044-0005 | IM-TX-0044-0011 | IM-TX-0044-0012 | IM-TX-0044-9000
Talley, Sharon (Texas)
IM-TX-0044-9000
Thomas, Sherine Elizabeth (Texas)
IM-TX-0044-0004 | IM-TX-0044-0005 | IM-TX-0044-0011 | IM-TX-0044-9000
Trigilio, Trisha (Texas)
IM-TX-0044-9000
Vera, Luis R. Jr. (Texas)
IM-TX-0044-0015 | IM-TX-0044-0016 | IM-TX-0044-0019 | IM-TX-0044-9000
Wang, Cecillia D (California)
IM-TX-0044-0015 | IM-TX-0044-0016
Wofsy, Cody H. (California)
IM-TX-0044-0015 | IM-TX-0044-0016

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