Texas' Ban on 'Sanctuary Cities' Can Begin, Appeals Court Rules

Remigio Civitarese
Marzo 14, 2018

A federal appeals court upheld a majority of Texas law that targets sanctuary cities and cracks down on illegal immigration Tuesday afternoon.

The ruling by a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans allows Texas to enforce what critics call the toughest state-level immigration measure since Arizona passed what critics called a "Show Me Your Papers" law in 2010.

Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, quickly took to Twitter to announce that the "law is in effect" and that "allegations of discrimination were rejected".

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

"Dangerous criminals shouldn't be allowed back into our communities to possibly commit more crimes", Republican Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said in response to the decision. This month, the administration sued California, accusing it of trying to "obstruct the United States' enforcement of federal immigration law".

Lee Gelernt, deputy director of the ACLU's Immigrants' Rights Project and a lead attorney for the plaintiffs, said: "We are exploring all legal options going forward".

The law, known as Senate Bill 4, calls for jail for police chiefs, sheriffs and possibly frontline officers who fail to cooperate over USA immigration.

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.

Lawyers for Texas said the law helped ensure conformity across the state on the application of immigration law and prevented localities from adopting positions of non-cooperation with federal authorities.

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