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Court backs Trump, Texas against sanctuary cities

Court backs Trump, Texas against sanctuary cities

A federal appeals court ruled most of Texas' ban on so-called sanctuary cities can stand - for now.

The conservative 5th Circuit Court of Appeals decided yesterday (Tuesday) that the bulk of Texas' anti-immigrant Senate Bill 4 can stay in place for now.

Plaintiffs contend the law could lead to racial profiling and divert resources from local police, who would be under the threat of job loss and fines if they do not cooperate with federal immigration authorities. Greg Abbott and Republican supporters of the law.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton also praised the ruling, saying in a statement that SB 4 is constitutional and protects the safety of law enforcement officers and all Texans. Several of the nation's largest cities - including Chicago, New York, Philadelphia and San Francisco - have adopted sanctuary policies, and three months into Mr. Trump's presidency, the Justice Department threatened to cut funding to such cities.

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The ruling was a blow to Texas' biggest cities -including Houston, Dallas and San Antonio - that sued a year ago to prevent enforcement of what opponents said is now the toughest state-level immigration measure on the books in the U.S. 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.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Texas, which is helping with the case against the law, said after the ruling that it will look at challenging its enforcement, rather than the law itself, now that it is going into effect.

Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez, a bullseye for legislators targeting sanctuary cities due to her previous limited cooperation with ICE, said in a statement in a statement: "Words just can't express how disappointed I am with this ruling". "Our police chief tells us this law will make us less safe because it breaks down the trust we've earned with many of our communities". The first step in an appeal would most likely be to request a review by the full Fifth Circuit court. "The court made clear that we remain free to challenge the manner in which the law is implemented, so we will be monitoring the situation on the ground closely", said Lee Gelernt, deputy director of the ACLU's Immigrants' Rights Project.


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