San Antonio, TX – Please attribute the following statement to Marisa Bono, Southwest regional counsel, MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund):

“SB 4 is nothing short of a legal, political and fiscal disaster for Texas. Forcing police chiefs and sheriffs to cooperate with federal immigration officials will only foster distrust and suspicion between law enforcement and Latinos. MALDEF will not stand idle while the state tacitly encourages racial profiling and discrimination. We pledge our support for the immigrant community and will fight this unconscionable attack on their rights in court.”