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Texas to Appeal Federal Judge Ruling Sanctuary City Law

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has vowed to continue his fight to defend the state’s newly passed sanctuary city law which yanks funding for cities that refuse to comply with federal immigration laws.

Last week U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia ruled that part of the law was unconstitutional and put stay on its effect.

It’s the second time in one week the federal judiciary has halted duly passed Texas laws.

Paxton blasted the judge’s decision and made it clear he expects the 5th Circuit Court will overturn Garcia’s ruling.

The decision further escalates the war between state governments and the federal courts wherein liberal federal judges simply declare laws they don’t like as unconstitutional then make up reasoning as they go along.

Here’s more from Daily Signal…

A Texas case, in which a federal judge halted the state’s crackdown on sanctuary cities, could serve as a test case for federal sanctions on such municipalities, an immigration law expert said.

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U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia ruled Wednesday that the part of the Texas law requiring cities to assist federal immigration officials was unconstitutional, and put a temporary halt on the law.

Currently, Chicago and San Francisco are suing the Justice Department over a threat to withhold grants from sanctuary cities.

“These are two separate legal questions,” Art Arthur, a former federal immigration judge and immigration counsel for the House Judiciary Committee, told The Daily Signal. “These cases are all politically motivated.”

Arthur anticipates the district court ruling will be overturned.

“I expect certain aspects of the injunction will be reversed after review by the [5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals],” said Arthur, now a resident fellow in law and policy at the Center for Immigration Studies.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton vowed to continue fighting for the Texas law, Senate Bill 4. The law affirms the right and duty of law enforcement agencies throughout Texas to detain individuals pursuant to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainer program.

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