The Fight Against SB4: A Look at How the City of San Marcos and Local Activists Responded to the Anti-Sanctuary City Law




Sprague, Darcy

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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.



policies, politics, immigration, journalism, San Marcos, Honors College


Sprague, D. (2017). The fight against SB4: A look at how the City of San Marcos and local activists responded to the anti-sanctuary city law (Unpublished thesis). Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas.


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