Federal court upholds Texas law about sanctuary cities
The ruling is largely seen as a victory for Gov. Greg Abbott (R) and Republicans who support the legislation.
"I'm pleased the 5th Circuit recognized that Senate Bill 4 is lawful, constitutional and protects the safety of law enforcement officers and all Texans," Texas Attorney General Paxton (R) said in a statement. "Enforcing immigration law prevents the release of individuals from custody who have been charged with serious crimes. Dangerous criminals shouldn't be allowed back into our communities to possibly commit more crimes."
Republicans have pushed to crack down on sanctuary cities that refuse to help officials with federal immigration enforcement, while several local governments pushed to stop the measure, including Austin, Houston and San Antonio.
Lee Gelernt, the deputy director for the American Civil Liberties Union's Immigrant's Rights Project, said the organization was disappointed in the ruling but would closely monitor how it is implemented.[/quote]
It took a federal court to confirm that existing law may be enforced in Texas. So, now the ball is back in the court of officials in places like Austin, where sanctuary city status has been declared. I'm pretty sure that if the Austin mayor pulls a stunt like what the Oakland mayor did, Gregg Abbott will send the Texas Rangers in to arrest her. I'm sure we will soon see.