On Tuesday, March 13, The Hill reported that a “federal appeals court ruled that most of Texas’ laws targeting so-called sanctuary cities can remain in effect.” The ruling specifically upholds Senate Bill 4, enabling law enforcement to inquire about individuals’ immigration status upon detainment. The bill goes further against sanctuary city policies by punishing local government officials who refuse to turn over immigrants in custody to federal immigration enforcement agents. This decision comes to just one week after Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Department of Justice would be suing the State of California over a number of bills preserving sanctuary cities.
While this ruling affects state-level policy in Texas, it also signifies a win for Trump and other immigration hardliners. The intolerance for immigration stoked by rulings like this and rhetoric by the administration is harmful to the whole country—not just immigrant communities. From breaking up families to breaking down local economies, policies opposing sanctuary cities are unfounded and inherently against public interest. In weeks that follow, immigration activists will be watching closely to see how this ruling is implemented, and will not stand idly by if the implementation results in the unjust removal of immigrants.
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This brief was compiled by Principal Immigration News Analyst Allie Blum. For questions or comments, you can reach her at email@example.com.