Federal judge considers fate of Texas 'sanctuary cities' law

Federal judge considers fate of Texas 'sanctuary cities' law

Federal judge considers fate of Texas 'sanctuary cities' law

"There's also the fear of getting involved. that people may not want to cooperate (with police) for fear of being selected to show their (immigration) documents", he said.

"Enforcing immigration law helps prevent risky criminals from being released into our communities", Paxton said.

The opposite arguments have been central to the myriad challenges to the law, which have rolled in from many of Texas' urban cities since Gov. Greg Abbott signed SB 4 on May 7. He and his supporters have cited cases in which illegal immigrants allegedly committed heinous crimes, including murder, after they were released instead of being turned over to immigration officials.

Several cities have gone to court, hoping to block the law which prohibits local governments in Texas from enacting policies that prevent local officials from sharing immigration-related information with the federal government. He and the rest of the state's legal team will lay out their case when the hearing resumes after lunch recess.

Police chiefs of the state's biggest cities have come out against SB 4.

Plaintiffs including border town El Cenizo, the city of San Antonio and others, have said SB 4 is an extraordinary intrusion into the way they govern. "And that's, frankly, what Texas's law does", White House press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters at an off-camera briefing Friday.

Busloads of demonstrators from across Texas rallied outside, wearing red T-shirts and carrying signs denouncing the law. "This feels like an attack on Latinos". The largest city in Texas on Wednesday added its name to the list of cities opposing the law, saying it violated the guarantees of free speech and equal protection under the Constitution.

A portion of Saturday's meeting touched on how immigrants should interact with police. He said the law protects victims and witnesses.

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Hundreds of local jurisdictions, from county sheriffs to major cities such as NY, have adopted sanctuary policies that limit their cooperation with ICE, the agency that detains and deports immigrants. Charles Perry of Lubbock, said he's confident it will pass constitutional muster.

"Upholding the law would send a bad signal to other states that they can enact similar or even more draconian laws", Gelernt said in an interview.

The Department of Justice on Friday sided with Texas in the lawsuit against its recently passed sanctuary cities ban, lending significant if unsurprising support to boosters of the law.

Federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement "only issues detainers when there is probable cause on the face of the detainer to arrest an individual on the basis that he is a removable alien, and the detainer is accompanied by an administrative warrant", the filing states.

Trump campaigned against sanctuary cities and on January 25 issued an executive order to punish them.

In April, a federal judge in San Francisco temporarily halted that order after the city and Santa Clara County filed a lawsuit and the Trump administration acknowledged that its crackdown was far narrower than the president and his aides had indicated.

The Republican-backed law in Texas, the USA state with the longest border with Mexico, takes effect on September 1.

Immigrants United spoke about the effects of this fight here in Texas.

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