Texas Sues Austin, Travis County Over 'Sanctuary City' Law

A small Texas town on the Mexico border filed suit in federal court on Tuesday seeking to throw out on USA constitutional grounds a new Texas law that aims to punish so-called "sanctuary cities".

Senate Bill 4, which Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law on Sunday, allows for local law enforcement to question nearly anyone about their immigration status, and creates a punishment for police officers and sheriffs who do not fully cooperate with federal immigration efforts.

The "show me your papers" law allows for misdemeanor charges for police chiefs, county sheriffs and constables who violate the ban, and for the removal from office for elected and appointed officials, Abbott's office said.

The state of Texas has turned against its own cities, enacting a law aimed at making them enforce federal immigration law.

SB4 requires law enforcement agencies across the state to honor U.S. Immigration and Customs enforcement detainers. Its most controversial provision allows police officers to inquire about the immigration status of people they detain, including the subjects of traffic stops.

Republicans want local police to help federal immigration agents crack down on criminal suspects in the USA illegally.

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In this Sunday, May 7, 2017 frame from video posted by the Office of the Governor, Republican Gov. Greg Abbott signs a so-called "sanctuary cities" ban in Austin Texas. Paxton's suit is geared towards adding tougher measures to the newly signed anti-sanctuary city law. The law will force local agencies like the San Antonio Police Department to rescind internal policies prohibiting officers from asking about a person's immigration status.

"Texans expect us to keep them safe, and that is exactly what we are going to do by me signing this law", Abbott said.

Judicial Watch describes itself as a "conservative, non-partisan educational foundation, promotes transparency, accountability and integrity in government, politics and the law".

Abbott argues that the law will make communities safer, but every major police chief in Texas opposes it. "Instead of waiting for multiple lawsuits around the state and dealing with this over a long period of time, we decided, 'let's get this on.' We believe our law is constitutional and we're ready to go".

"Until we defeat it, everyone traveling in or to Texas needs to be aware of what's in store for them", said Terri Burke, executive director of the ACLU of Texas. "The biggest problem with this bill is that we now can not set our own local law enforcement priorities as far as telling our officers not to ask those questions about papers and status until a person is arrested".

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