The Fight Against SB4: A Look at How the City of San Marcos and Local Activists Responded to the Anti-Sanctuary City Law
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In 2017, the Texas Legislature passed what has been called the toughest anti-immigration bill in the country – Senate Bill 4, also known as the anti-sanctuary cites law. Several cities, including Austin and San Antonio, joined a lawsuit against the bill, but the City of San Marcos did not. This thesis will tell the story – drawing on over 500 emails from city officials and interviews with activists – of how the city went from voting unanimously against joining the lawsuit against SB4 to voting unanimously to file their own amicus brief against SB4 a week later. It will examine the timeline between when activists first began lobbying for city support for the lawsuit to when city council filed the amicus brief.