5th Circuit reinstates Texas sanctuary cities law
A federal appeals court revived Texas’s anti-sanctuary city law Monday, allowing key parts to take effect — including a prohibition on cities and states trying to thwart cooperation with deportation officers.This is a good ruling the opponents' case makes no sense. How can you argue that the state is interfering with federal immigration law when it is facilitating its enforcement and stopping those trying to thwart the law. The court did leave room for other aspects of the law to be ironed out, but this was at the heart of the Texas law.
Police and sheriff’s departments also are required to comply with detainer requests when the federal government asks that illegal immigrants be held for pickup, under the 3-0 ruling by a panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
The decision overturns an injunction by a district court judge — though the appeals court said the big arguments remain to be heard later.
Still, the decision is a watershed moment, marking the highest court to allow states to force their localities to comply with detainer requests from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.