INTERACTIVE TIMELINE: How the Texas ‘sanctuary cities’ bill came to life, and the city of Austin’s efforts to kill the new law


On Friday, Austin formally filed a lawsuit against the State of Texas, challenging the constitutionality of Senate Bill 4—the “sanctuary cities” bill. The city joins San Antonio, El Paso County, El Cenizo and several advocacy groups in its fight to kill the new state law that tightens the state’s illegal immigration policy and threatens to remove local leaders who fail to comply with the law.

The timeline below chronicles how we got from the bill’s filing in the Texas Senate to the several lawsuits and protests that ensued in the wake of its passage.

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Christopher Neely
Christopher Neely is Community Impact's Austin City Hall reporter. A New Jersey native, Christopher moved to Austin in 2016 following two years of community reporting along the Jersey Shore. His bylines have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Baltimore Sun and USA Today. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism.
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