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Austin City Council votes to take legal action against SB 4

Tuesday, many council members joined with other elected officials across the state in opposition to SB 4. (CBS Austin)

UPDATE: The Austin City Council has voted to take legal action against SB 4.

The resolution directs the city manager to prepare and pursue litigation against the law.

It claims cities with welcoming policies toward immigrants have less criminal activity. It also says Austin maintains the right to self-governance.

Council Member Greg Casar said the following:

“When my colleagues and I took our oath of office to serve on the Austin City Council, we vowed to ‘protect, preserve, and defend the constitution of the United States.’ That includes fighting unconstitutional mandates by Governor Greg Abbott himself. This summer, my colleagues on the Austin City Council, and in many other counties and cities across this state have committed to rejecting anti-immigrant coercion by our state leaders. I hope that our vote today inspires more cities and counties across the Lone Star State to draw a line in the sand and defend the rights of all of our community members.”

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EARLIER:

Austin City Council members will vote on a resolution Thursday that directs the City Manager to "prepare and pursue litigation" against SB 4.

The three-page document says that 68 of the largest law enforcement agencies across the country have supported this position. It cites a study that shows cities with welcoming policies towards immigrants have less criminal activity.

The resolution ends with a statement that the City of Austin "maintains the right to self-governance."

Tuesday, many council members joined with other elected officials across the state in opposition to SB 4.

They, along with several grassroots organizations, have started the "summer of resistance," to protest the anti- sanctuary cities law.

City Council members said Tuesday they expect the resolution to pass, and they are willing to work with other municipalities that are interested in also pursuing litigation.

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