Sanctuary city policies in Texas just took a hit from a federal appeals court in the state. The court has reinstated portions of a controversial new Texas law that focuses on blocking local sanctuary-city policies across the Lone Star state. One of the restored provisions requires local governments to comply with federal detainer requests, which ask local jails to hold suspected undocumented immigrants for up to 48 hours.
A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling that grants a stay so that much of the SB 4 law in Texas can take effect. This law had been blocked by a federal district court judge in Del Rio Texas in late August.
Jeff Sessions, U.S. Attorney General, hailed the ruling of the federal appeals court on Monday. “The Department of Justice is gratified by the decision of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals today,” Sessions said in a statement. “Texas is one step closer to ending the dangerous sanctuary policies that prevent federal law enforcement from keeping criminal aliens off the streets and keeping Texans safe.”
The decision was also praised by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, and he argued that it would ultimately be found constitutional.
“We are pleased today’s 5th Circuit ruling will allow Texas to strengthen public safety by implementing the key components of Senate Bill 4,” Paxton said. “Enforcing immigration law helps prevent dangerous criminals from being released into Texas communities. I am confident Senate Bill 4 will be found constitutional and ultimately upheld.”
An attorney for the League of United Latin American Citizens, Luis Vera, is pushing one of the suits that challenge the new law. The 5th Circuit panel did uphold the lower court’s ruling against the provision in the law focused on barring local officials from even advocating for so-called sanctuary policies.
The panel that issued the directive consisted of Judge James Dennis, a Clinton appointee; Judge Leslie Southwick, a George W. Bush appointee; and Judge Stephen Higginson, an Obama appointee.
The provisional law granted on Monday is a temporary one pending the outcome of the appeal, which is scheduled to be heard Nov. 6.
What do you think about this stand the federal appeals court in Texas has made regarding sanctuary cities?