In a tweet yesterday, Texas governor Greg Abbott announced that the Texas Ban on Sanctuary City Policies has been upheld by the Federal Court of Appeals.
Abbott also notes that allegations of discrimination were rejected and the law is now in effect.
BREAKNG: Texas Ban on Sanctuary City Policies upheld by Federal Court of Appeals. Allegations of discrimination were rejected. Law is in effect.
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) March 13, 2018
As reported by ElPasoTimes
Federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that most of Texas’ ban on so-called sanctuary cities can go into effect — for now.
A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that almost all of the law, adopted last year as Senate Bill 4, is constitutional. The only section that is blocked is a provision that prevents local officials from “endorsing” policies that bar law enforcement officers from enforcing federal immigration laws.
“With one exception, SB4’s provisions do not, on their face, violate the Constitution,” wrote Judge Edith Jones in Tuesday’s ruling.
The panel’s decision means that Texas can enforce the controversial ban while a larger case over the constitutionality of the law is decided, a major victory in the state’s legal battle and for conservative lawmakers who supported the ban.
The ban allows local law enforcement officials to ask about the immigration status of anyone they detain, including during routine traffic stops. It also requires local officials to comply with detainer requests from federal agents for jails to turn over people suspected of being in the country illegally.
Local officials who violate the law could face fines of as much as $25,000 per day and removal from office or jail time.
Gov. Greg Abbott shared the panel’s ruling on Twitter shortly after the decision was announced.