Will Houston Join San Antonio, Austin Immigration Lawsuit?

Austin formally sues state over 'sanctuary cities' ban SB 4

The lawsuit states the conclusion of these findings is SB 4 violates the Supremacy Clause of the constitution which states the USA government has exclusive authority over immigration, not cities. El Paso County and the city of El Cenizo have already filed challenges to the law.

Texas technically has no sanctuary cities, but an effort to push back against immigration raids under Barack Obama's administration has remained lively - something Texas Republicans are unhappy with.

The move follows a lawsuit filed by the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) and two border jurisdictions: Maverick County (where the jobless rate is 10 percent and the major industry is an Indian casino) and the tiny town of El Cenizo (where many residents are illegal). City officials claim it will prevent local police authorities from protecting their communities.

The City of Austin is expected to file a similar suit with MALDEF and the City of San Antonio today.

Ivy Taylor; San Antonio Mayor.

It's argued in the federal lawsuit, that the city of Austin joined Friday, that several elements of SB4- are unconstitutional. In this case, the prudent course would be to wait until a decision has been made on whether a special session will be called.

"We want our day in court", Austin Mayor Steve Adler said minutes after the lawsuit was filed. "I am opposed to suing the state over this particular issue, but I am particularly opposed without a vote of the council".

Austin formally sues state over 'sanctuary cities' ban SB 4

"This law never had anything to do with public safety". City leaders will be banned from speaking against SB4 or setting policies counter to the pending law.

"Although no formal action has been taken, I support joining the Mexican American Legal and Defense Educational Fund in a lawsuit against Senate Bill 4 because it is vital that we maintain trust between communities of immigrants and local law enforcement".

Saldana, who has praised his father for entering the USA illegally, argues that SB4 illegally strips away the city's control of its police department by requiring law enforcement officers to enforce federal law.

"It's mostly about politics, and it's the politics of fear", he said.

These laws are part of an ongoing strategy of conservative Southern states preempting local ordinances coming out the region's increasingly progressive cities, a tactic made infamous by North Carolina's HB2 "bathroom bill".

This bill goes against everything San Antonio and its residents have valued for 300 years. And we look forward to showing Paxton the people's strength, not just in court, but on the streets. Public safety should be our number one priority. "That question of so-called "legislative intent" is now at the heart of another federal court battle, this time over Texas" new immigration law, Senate Bill 4, which will extend the reach of federal immigration enforcement to local police departments.


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