A federal appeals court just delivered a massive blow to Texas Anti-Sanctuary City Laws.
A three-judge panel part of the 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that Texas immigration enforcement laws are constitutional.
“As passed, Senate Bill 4 allows local law enforcement officers to question the immigration status of people they detain or arrest and punishes local government department heads and elected officials who don’t cooperate with federal immigration “detainers” — requests by agents to turn over immigrants subject to possible deportation — in the form of jail time and penalties that exceed $25,000.” The Texas Tribune reported.
The last part of the bill that is on hold is the section that would punish local government leaders and officials who refuse to cooperate with federal immigration officials.
The ACLU that initiated the lawsuit is considering its options.
“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.
The Republican Governor of Texas Are Abbott celebrated with one tweet:
BREAKNG: Texas Ban on Sanctuary City Policies upheld by Federal Court of Appeals. Allegations of discrimination were rejected. Law is in effect.
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) March 13, 2018
The Attorney General for the State of Texas Ken Paxton said, “Breaking! The Sanctuary Cities Ban has been upheld by the 5th Circuit. It is lawful, constitutional, and protects the safety of law enforcement officers and all Texans.”
Breaking! The Sanctuary Cities Ban has been upheld by the 5th Circuit. It is lawful, constitutional, and protects the safety of law enforcement officers and all Texans.
— Ken Paxton (@KenPaxtonTX) March 13, 2018