Trump and Texas Win With Latest Appeals Court Decision - Sanctuary Cities Lose

According to the Texas Tribune, in August 2017, U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia issued a preliminary injunction and halted the portion of the bill requiring jail officials to honor all detainers and another portion "that prohibits a pattern or practice that materially limits the enforcement of immigration laws".

We've been watching the progress of Senate Bill 4 (SB-4) ever since it passed in Texas and was signed into law by Governor Greg Abbott.

Sanctuary cities are jurisdictions that have policies limiting or, in their more extreme forms, thwarting cooperation with ICE deportation efforts.

A panel of three USA 5th Circuit Court of Appeals judges ruled Tuesday that most of the state's immigration enforcement legislation, Senate Bill 4, can remain in effect while the case plays out, handing a victory to Gov. Greg Abbott and Republican supporters of the law.

"Senate Bill 4 is lawful, constitutional and protects the safety of law enforcement officers and all Texans", Mr. Paxton said.

The Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit determined that most of SB4 can remain standing.

SB4 has sparked controversy across Texas, pitting virtually all of the Lone Star State's major cities against the state government. This month, the administration sued California, accusing it of trying to "obstruct the United States' enforcement of federal immigration law". In other words, it blocks the blanket "refuse to comply" policy at the heart of a sanctuary city.

Among those challenging the Texas law were several of the state's largest cities and counties - including Austin, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio, as well as El Paso County - and a number of advocacy groups. However, after spending two years and 1.4 million taxpayer dollars, the special masters' plan still failed to improve the operations of the foster care system. As long as this stands as precedent, it will make similar fights in other Democrat strongholds much more hard. Reacting to Tuesday's ruling, many of them expressed disappointment but also resolve.

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.

Lee Gelernt, an attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union, said they were disappointed in the ruling and will closely monitor how the law is implemented. You can bet this decision will feature prominently in that case, and will end up being a part of eventual Supreme Court decisions on the matter. You'll be glad you did.

Vanessa Coleman