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Court Upholds Texas Law Targeting Sanctuary Cities

by Countable | Updated on 3.14.18

What’s the story?

  • A federal appeals court ruled on Tuesday that most of Texas’ ban on so-called "sanctuary cities" can take effect while legal proceedings advance in court.

  • The law-in-question, Senate Bill 4, allows Texas police officers to ask people their immigration status during routine stops and requires local law enforcement to cooperate with federal immigration officials.

  • The appeals panel halted one provision of the law: a clause barring local officials from "adopting, enforcing, or endorsing" policies that limit the enforcement of immigration laws.

  • Gov. Greg Abbott (R) took to twitter to praise the ruling:

  • The American Civil Liberties Union of Texas, which represents certain plaintiffs in the S.B. 4 case, said it is watching the situation "closely" as it decides how to move forward:

"The court made clear that we remain free to challenge the manner in which the law is implemented, so we will be monitoring the situation on the ground closely," Lee Gelernt, deputy director of the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project, told the Texas Tribune.

What do you think?

Do you support "sanctuary cities" and “sanctuary states”? Are undocumented immigrants a state or federal issue? Hit Take Action and tell your reps, then share your thoughts below.

—Josh Herman

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  • Sharon
    03/14/2018
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    I am a Texas resident. I support the concept of sanctuary cities. The horrendous persecution of people of color especially those of Hispanic descent is not justified in my eyes. The news is filled with reports of American residents of decades long duration who are living exemplary lives being rounded up and deported. For what reason? Should brown people have to carry their citizenship papers? Many many Americans do not support what is being done to immigrants and thus sanctuary cities have arisen. One day hopefully sanity will return to the USA.

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  • Nancy
    03/14/2018
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    Yes I support sanctuaries, whether city, County or State. ICE is too similar to the Gestapo in 1930s Germany. Local policing and federal policing aren’t the same. Local police need the resources to handle criminals and if trust isn’t there, it poses serious problems. Also, aren’t Republicans/Conservatives into State’s rights?

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  • PaxAmericana
    03/14/2018
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    Sanctuary cities are illegal. I applaud the state of Texas and its wonderful governor: Greg Abbott. They are upholding the constitution and ensuring illegal aliens face the punishment they deserve: deportation.

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  • OlderNWiser
    03/15/2018
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    Whenever one group of people is scapegoated and brute force is used to round them up, while assuring the people who haven’t been rounded up today that all is well, we have all the hallmarks of a fascist dictatorship. With daily assaults on balance of powers, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and with propaganda against people of color, we have hallmarks of a fascist dictatorship. White privilege promotes not caring about all others. My American born Japanese ethnicity husband was targeted while his undocumented Scottish friend never was. Native Americans are targeted while “white“ terrorists are supported. Sanctuary cities fight racist xenophobia. Sanctuary cities fight fascism. Sanctuary cities fight military dictatorships.

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  • James
    03/14/2018
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    Sounds great! That is the job of police! If they stop me I have no problem answering that! Get them out of here if they are here illegally!

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  • Karen
    03/14/2018
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    It’s surprising how many Americans have been frightened by this Administration. If it cannot keep Americans safe without walls, making police officers Immigrant narcs, extreme vetting at our airports, ICE agents grabbing people off of our streets, then they are weak indeed.

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  • Dana
    03/15/2018
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    How is it racist to uphold federal law? That is just absurd. Protecting illegal immigrants from deportation is illegal. This law, hopefully, sets a precedent for other states and cities that ignore federal law and set up sanctuary states and cities. No one gets to pick and choose which laws they want to follow and not expect repercussions. It’s about time that courts recognize that states need to follow federal laws. Thank you, Texas!

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  • L0u15e.N032L
    03/14/2018
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    Going after real criminals and gang members is one thing. Going after people who are stable, tax payers and business owners, children, parents is just wrong. I bet, unless the ICE agents are Native Americans their history is as an immigrant. We are all immigrants and our country has thrived on their work ethics, integration into our society and they take jobs many Americans are NOT flocking to take. I do not support this ruling. Sad. Pathetic.

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  • Chester
    03/14/2018
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    This is great news! Sanctuary Cities are harboring criminals. Nothing about discrimination or racism! That is what Liberals always fall back on to advance their agenda!

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  • Gopin2018
    03/15/2018
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    Yes finally some Federal judges who interpret law instead of being legislative judges which isn’t their job. I pray we have more of these victories. #MAGA

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  • William
    03/14/2018
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    The trump administration is corrupt and racist at a minimum !! These actions by ICE are reminiscent of gestapo tactics by fascist in nazi Germany !! Of course this fits the current administration perfectly!!! If you are not white and rich and an autocratic tyrant you’re out!!

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  • Leon
    03/14/2018
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    It’s good to see that the court recognizes the rule of law.

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  • Diane
    03/14/2018
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    I support sanctuary cities. Stop ripping families apart.We are all immigrants, accept the Native Americans. This is not just a White mans country.

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  • Countryfirst
    03/14/2018
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    HEIL TRUMP!!! HE'LL BE IN HIS ELEMENT WHEN EVERYONE STANDS WITH A STRAIGHT ARM SALUTE IN HIS DAMN PARADE..PROTECT OUR CITIZENS AND IMPEACH THE MORON IN CHARGE!

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  • John
    03/14/2018
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    Welcome to the American Reich. Papers please. When did we become this?

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  • Jim
    03/14/2018
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    I absolutely do not support “ sanctuary cities and states “ You do not get to ignore federal law. If you are here illegally you have already broken federal law. If you are a citizen and don’t like the idea that the Country has boarders and laws that need to be respected and obeyed... you have a decision to make.

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  • Jim2423
    03/14/2018
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    As long as it only pertains to folks who are felons and committed a crime. Those who are working jobs and free of criminal actions leave them alone. They are only seeking a better life for themselves and their families.

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  • Derek
    03/14/2018
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    Texas would support the idea of one sanctuary city,,, San Francisco! You want em? You can have all the illegals you want. Here in Texas we’ll welcome the legal immigrant but will never support the idea of an illegal alien. Our problem is not the nationality, it’s the legality. God Bless Texas

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  • Evan
    03/15/2018
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    It is great that this was passed since ILLEGAL immigrants aren't welcome in this country, but LEGAL immigrants are. Can't see why Democrats seem to not see the difference. A child could figure this out!

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  • Robert
    03/15/2018
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    Bring these Liberal Minded Cities to their Knees and States too if they don’t want to Obey our Laws of the Land!! Our Nation is Founded on Laws Handed Down to Us and for the ones who elect to not follow them cut them Off of Any Federal Funding Now. Then we will see how they Like It!!

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