Federal Court Block Texas Sanctuary City Law

Aug 31, 2017

A federal judge blocked a law in Texas that banned sanctuary cities. The law as scheduled to go into effect on Friday. The law was regarded as the toughest “anti-sanctuary city law in the country.” Police were permitted to ask about the immigration status of people detained or arrested. Local law enforcement was required to honor detention requests from Immigration and Customs Enforcement. And police chiefs and sheriffs who did not comply, could be removed from office. Under the federal judge’s injunction, most of the law cannot be enforced while an opposing lawsuit goes through the legal process. Police will still be permitted to ask about a person’s immigration status. State Attorney General Ken Paxton said that the legislation is sound and the he expects the legislation will ultimately be upheld. The law will serve as a “test case for how far states can go in compelling local governments to enforce immigration law.”