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Federal judge considers fate of Texas 'sanctuary cities' law

Federal judge considers fate of Texas 'sanctuary cities' law”

A federal judge will hear arguments on Monday over whether to block a tough new immigration law in Texas, in a battle that pits border towns and big cities against the state's Republican governor and President Trump.

The day after Gov. Greg Abbott signed SB 4 into law, local governments began filing suit over the measure, which allows local law enforcement to question legally detained or arrested people about their immigration status and punishes officials who don't cooperate with federal immigration enforcement.

More than 100 protesters rallied against the law outside the court. Other plaintiffs in the lawsuit include Dallas, San Antonio, Austin and several other municipal and county governments. "This feels like an attack on Latinos".

Texas" "Sanctuary Cities' law could lead to major controversy in the cities themselves.

The law, scheduled to take effect in September, will allow police officers to inquire about the immigration status of people they lawfully detain.

The lawsuit, filed by the City of El Cenizo and others, argues the law violates both the Texas and USA constitutions.

"This is a very important and significant case, not only for Texas but also for the entire country", he said.

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"It's reassuring to know that the Trump administration believes in upholding the Constitution and defending the rule of law, and I'm grateful for the DOJ's assistance in helping my office defend the lawful Senate Bill 4", Attorney General Paxton said in a written statement.

A portion of Saturday's meeting touched on how immigrants should interact with police. The public understands that law enforcement officials should not help those found guilty of serious crimes, such as sexual assault and burglary, evade federal immigration detainers.

"The Department of Justice fully supports Texas's effort and is participating in this lawsuit because of the strong federal interest in facilitating the state and local cooperation that is critical in enforcing our nation's immigration laws", Sessions added. She later said she would follow any law that passed.

In April, Sessions blamed lax immigration enforcement for a crime spike in so-called sanctuary cities, which frustrated law enforcement officials in such cities as NY.

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.

Opponents say the law is unconstitutional and will create a chilling effect in immigrant communities.

The American Immigration Lawyers Association has moved its 2018 conference from Grapevine, Tex., to San Francisco because of the law.

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