US Court Upholds Most Of Texas Law To Punish 'Sanctuary Cities'

US Court Upholds Most Of Texas Law To Punish 'Sanctuary Cities'

The Justice Department recently filed a lawsuit against California, claiming the state is hindering federal enforcement of immigration laws.

Known as SB4, the law Mr. Abbott signed previous year requires police to determine the legal status of those they encounter during their duties.

Among other provisions, the law gives license for Texas law enforcement officers to ask for a suspect's residential status during routine stops.

The Texas case is one segment of a national debate over sanctuary cities and immigration.

"Federal law regulates how local entities may cooperate in immigration enforcement; SB4 specifies whether they cooperate", Jones wrote for a unanimous panel. Tuesday's decision will allow the so-called "sanctuary cities" law to take effect while the case against it plays out.

According to the Texas Tribune, in August 2017, U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia issued a preliminary injunction and halted the portion of the bill requiring jail officials to honor all detainers and another portion "that prohibits a pattern or practice that materially limits the enforcement of immigration laws".

"I'm pleased the 5th Circuit recognized that Senate Bill 4 is lawful, constitutional and protects the safety of law enforcement officers and all Texans", Attorney General Paxton said. "Unsafe criminals shouldn't be allowed back into our communities to possibly commit more crimes".

Mr. Gelernt, deputy director of the American Civil Liberties Union's Immigrants' Rights Project, said his organization would also be monitoring how the law was carried out.

"W$3 e need to respond and act, within the law, to preserve as much of that trust as possible", Adler said.

Among those challenging the Texas law were several of the state's largest cities and counties - including Austin, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio, as well as El Paso County - and a number of advocacy groups.

But he did not halt the part of the bill that says police chiefs, sheriffs and other department heads can not forbid officers from questioning a person's immigration status, which means that Texas has been what opponents of the measure call a "papers please" state since the law took effect.

"[SB4 will] lead to abuse of power against Latinos and immigrants", warned Anchia.

SB4 had been slated to go into effect September 1, but just days before a federal district judge issued a broad injunction. "We will continue to follow the law as provided to us by the courts in this matter and we will rise to the challenge of keeping Travis County safe, although our ability to overcome fear and foster cooperation within the immigrant community is a greater challenge now", said Hernandez.

But the fight isn't over.

"We are exploring all legal options going forward".

"We are going to confront risky sanctuary cities", Trump said during his visit.

"Get it out of your system", he emphasized, "dust off, and get back to work".

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