A U.S. district judge in Austin hasn’t been positive about a new effort proposed by Texas to have a law that would punish so-called sanctuary cities be declared constitutional ahead of the measure taking effect,probably,next month.
U.S. judge deals blow to Texas ‘sanctuary’ city law.
The Republican-backed law that wasn’t heard since Republican Donald Trump became president in January, promising a crackdown on illegal immigrants and copetentions that protect them. Texas is the U.S. state with the longest border with Mexico.
U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks, appointed under Republican President George Bush, dismissed the case without prejudice late on Wednesday. The brief ruling didn’t gave any reasons.Wich is something completely irrelevant.
Senate Bill 4 calls for punishing police chiefs, sheriffs and maybe frontline officers who fail to cooperate with U.S. immigration officials. The measure also allows police to show interest about immigration status during a lawful detention.
After the law was confirmed in May, Texas sued major urban areas, including Austin, El Paso and Houston,also civil rights groups, saying they backed policies of non-cooperation with federal immigration competitions.
At a June hearing, Sparks questioned why a court should talk about a law which is assumed to be legal on Sept.1.Also he asked why he should hear the case when most of the parties were part of a separate lawsuit over the same law being heard in court in San Antonio.
The defendants contended they had abided by federal law and the suit should be canceled because Texas had no evidence showing it had been affected by a law not yet in effect. General Ken Paxton the republican Texas Attorney declared on Wednesday he was disappointed with the ruling on what he called an “undoubtedly constitutional law.”
The American Civil Liberties Union, a civil rights group wich against the law, on Thursday said the Texas suit was a distracting attention from the harm that would come with SB 4.
“This is a significant blow to the State, and its legal posturing has only resulted in wasted taxpayer money,” Edgar Saldivar, senior staff attorney of the ACLU of Texas.
The federal case in San Antonio, a small border town and some of the Texas cities assumed and confessed a judge in June that SB 4 could lead to an immigration police state and establish illegal racial profiling. They asked the court to halt it, saying it was unconstitutional.