Statement on Texas SB4

Because the Texas State legislature has threatened the enactment of a number of laws hostile to a number of our core values, the Association of American University Presses has been monitoring carefully this year's legislative session in Austin. We have written to business leaders to express our concerns in particular about SB6, Texas' version of the so-called bathroom bill. While that bill has not yet passed, we were dismayed to learn of Texas Governor Greg Abbott's signing of SB4 on May 7, 2017.  This law, to go into effect on September 1, will establish criminal and civil penalties for local government entities and law enforcement officials who do not comply with federal immigration detention requests, amongst other provisions.

The Association will continue to hold its upcoming Annual Meeting in Austin­—a city that celebrates and embraces the diversity of its residents— deep disagreement with SB4 and other pending bills. Relocating the upcoming annual meeting to another location is simply not possible at this late date­—practically or contractually. The Association's board is cognizant of the acute challenges such political developments can pose to full participation in conferences and meetings such as ours, and has provided guidance to the Central Office on how these considerations can best be accommodated during future site selection.

If you would like to encourage efforts to challenge the law in court, consider supporting the Texas ACLU, or one of the many organizations that advocate for and support immigrants in Texas.

You are welcome to share suggestions for ways the Association and annual meeting attendees can help.

If you have any concerns about attending the meeting, please reach out to Peter Berkery at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Susan Patton at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .