Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

Boom: Federal Court Allows Texas To Enforce Governor's Anti-Sanctuary City Law

Boom: Federal Court Allows Texas To Enforce Governor's Anti-Sanctuary City Law

The exception is a provision that punishes local officials for "endorsing" policies that limit federal immigration enforcement.

A panel of three US 5th Circuit Court of Appeals judges ruled Tuesday that most of the state's immigration enforcement legislation, Senate Bill 4, can remain in effect while the case plays out, handing a victory to Gov.

Plaintiffs including the cities of Houston, Dallas and Austin said the provision would allow the state to remove duly elected officials if they criticized the measure, a violation of constitutional free-speech protections. "We remain confident that this horrific law will ultimately find its rightful place in the dustbin of history".

"Today's ruling by a three-judge panel of the 5th Circuit doesn't change the fact that Senate Bill 4 is unnecessary, makes Texas communities less safe and complicates law enforcement officials' already hard jobs", Turner said. This month, the administration sued California, accusing it of trying to "obstruct the United States' enforcement of federal immigration law".

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that Senate Bill 4 can remain in effect for the time being.

So-called sanctuary cities often do not use municipal funds or resources to enforce federal immigration laws.

The ruling was a win for conservative lawmakers, including Abbott.

The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit overruled a judgment against a Texas law, the Senate Bill 4 (SB4), that prohibits "sanctuary city" policies in the state, a court filing revealed. Allegations of discrimination were rejected.

On January 25, President Donald Trump ordered the resumption of the 2008 Secure Communities program that relied on information sharing among local, state and federal law enforcement agencies to identify and deport immigrants with criminal records.

Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton praised the decision, saying in a statement: 'Enforcing immigration law prevents the release of individuals from custody who have been charged with serious crimes'. "Unsafe criminals shouldn't be allowed back into our communities to possibly commit more crimes".

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.

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