Court Says Texas Ban On So-Called Sanctuary Cities Can Stand For Now

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The Texas attorney general, Ken Paxton, and Gov. Greg Abbott praised the decision in statements on Tuesday.

All but one provision of Texas' 2017 sanctuary cities law can be enforced as the law makes its long journey through the federal courts, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday.

"We are going to confront risky sanctuary cities", Trump said during his visit.

The measure proposes to prohibit local authorities from limiting their cooperation with federal immigration agencies and calls on local police to respond promptly to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainer requests. He also blocked sections that prohibit local entities from pursuing "a pattern or practice that "materially limits" the enforcement of immigration laws" and another that prohibits "assisting or cooperating" with federal immigration officers as reasonable or necessary.

"Senate Bill 4 is lawful, constitutional and protects the safety of law enforcement officers and all Texans", Mr. Paxton said.

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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In Texas, the fight over a "Sanctuary cities" bill has raged for more than a year, roiling the Republican-controlled Legislature and once provoking a near-fistfight between lawmakers in the state capitol.

"Words just can't express how disappointed I am with this ruling". "I am looking forward to an appeal regarding the constitutionality of this misguided, anti-immigrant law".

Mayor Steve Adler was reserved in his statement to the press. We are reviewing the Court's opinion to determine any additional steps that need to be taken.

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.

Mr. Gelernt, deputy director of the American Civil Liberties Union's Immigrants' Rights Project, said his organization would also be monitoring how the law was carried out. 4 can be punished with jail time or fines ranging from $1,000 to $25,500 - some officials might cooperate with illegal requests out of fear.