Federal Appeals Court Upholds Most of Texas' Sanctuary Cities Law

Federal Appeals Court Upholds Most of Texas' Sanctuary Cities Law

Federal Appeals Court Upholds Most of Texas' Sanctuary Cities Law

A USA appeals court panel on Tuesday upheld most of a Republican-backed Texas law to punish 'sanctuary cities, ' allowing it to remain in effect while the case is being fought in a lower court.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Texas, which is helping with the case against the law, said after the ruling that it will look at challenging its enforcement, rather than the law itself, now that it is going into effect.

According to a bill analysis report by the Texas House Research Organization (HRO), SB 4 "would prohibit local government entities and campus police from adopting certain types of policies, patterns or practices that prohibit the enforcement of state or federal immigration law".

The federal court upheld portions of Senate Bill 4 which allows local law enforcement officers to question the immigration status of people they detain or arrest and requires county jails to honor requests by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to hold detainees suspected of being eligible for deportation.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton defended the state's sanctuary-city ban as necessary to protect citizens from criminal immigrants whose presence makes us communities "more risky by the day".

"Texas Ban on Sanctuary City Policies upheld by Federal Court of Appeals".

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"I am calling on Congress to deliver a budget that protects our homeland and properly funds all of our law enforcement needs".

Several of the nation's largest cities - including Chicago, New York, Philadelphia and San Francisco - have adopted sanctuary policies, and three months into Mr. Trump's presidency, the Justice Department threatened to cut funding to such cities.

The law, one of the most controversial in recent Texas Legislature history, came after Abbott declared the legislation a priority item early during last year's 85th legislative session. "From day one, this law was racially motivated for political gain against the will of local law enforcement and to the detriment of thousands of immigrants who work, live, and call Texas home". "The discriminatory impact of the law has already had repercussions across the state, casting a chilling effect throughout Texas' Latino communities. Law is in effect". Reacting to Tuesday's ruling, many of them expressed disappointment but also resolve.

"We are exploring all legal options going forward".

"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, the Travis County sheriff. "The court made clear that we remain free to challenge the manner in which the law is implemented, so we will be monitoring the situation on the ground closely", said Lee Gelernt, deputy director of the ACLU's Immigrants' Rights Project.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton was more effusive in his statement that praised what he termed a "common-sense measure that bans sanctuary cities in Texas".

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