Sep 27, 2017
A three judge panel in the federal Fifth Circuit of Appeals has placed a temporary stay on an injunction issued by a lower federal court that stayed the State of Texas from punishing sanctuary cities in the state. This is a major victory and indicates the strong possibility that the law will be upheld. This would be in line with the Constitution and existing federal law that generally gives states the right to regulate the way it spends its own money.
Texas also argues that it can force municipalities and law enforcement agencies to obey both federal and state laws when it comes to enforcing immigration laws. Considering the fact that between 2008 and 2014 illegal aliens in the state of Texas committed over 600,000 crimes, including 3,000 murders the stare certainly has a compelling interest in enforcing immigration laws.