A federal appeals court ruled late yesterday that Texas' ban on sanctuary cities can go into effect even as legal challenges to the law move forward.
The law allows police officers to ask people during routine stops whether they're in the US legally and threatens sheriffs with jail time for not cooperating with federal immigration authorities.
Plaintiffs including the cities of Houston, Dallas and Austin said the provision would allow the state to remove duly elected officials if they criticized the measure, a violation of constitutional free-speech protections.
The law allows police officers to ask people during routine stops whether they're in the US legally and threatens sheriffs with jail time for not cooperating with federal immigration authorities. In a statement, Paxton said: "Enforcing immigration law prevents the release of individuals from custody who have been charged with serious crimes. Unsafe criminals shouldn't be allowed back into our communities to possibly commit more crimes", Paxton said.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions called the ruling "an important step in restoring legality to our immigration system".
His administration filed a lawsuit last week challenging three of the state's sanctuary laws, and on Tuesday Mr. Trump - while visiting San Diego to tour prototypes of his border wall - said he wants Congress to strip federal grant money from sanctuaries in the upcoming spending bill.
According to The New York Times, the unanimous ruling reversed all but one aspect of an August ruling by a federal judge in San Antonio, who temporarily blocked Texas officials from enforcing the new law known as SB4.
On Tuesday a federal appeals court upheld a divisive law on banning sanctuary cities in Texas.
Olivares said he's already heard this hasn't always been the case and said that's one of the challenges to the law that could be presented to the district judge. Sheriff Cutler and Chief Stapp tell us to just trust police, despite zealous implementation of the nation's most racist immigration law.
Attorneys and immigrants' rights groups who fought against SB 4 said their next move isn't clear but that they're considering seeking a hearing before the entire 5th Circuit.
The law also requires local law enforcement agencies to comply with detainer requests by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, unless there is proof that the person is a citizen or lawfully in the country.
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.