Appeals Court Rules Parts of Texas' Sanctuary Cities Ban Can Go Into Effect

This is a developing story. Check back in for updates. A federal appeals court in New Orleans on Monday ruled that parts of Texas' sanctuary cities ban can go into effect, overruling the decision of a lower court to temporarily block its implementation.A panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the state was likely to win arguments over two parts of the law that were blocked by a federal district judge from San Antonio last month and allowed those portions to go into effect. The panel allowed the state to enforce a section of the law that says local authorities cannot prohibit their employees from assisting or cooperating with a federal immigration officer.That section of the law also says that local authorities cannot "materially limit" cooperation with immigration authorities. The panel agreed with plaintiffs who said that phrase is vague and asked them to clarify its meaning. The panel left blocked the three other sections the San Antonio judge had enjoined in August. The panel's decision comes just three days after the panel heard arguments over the state's motion to let the law go into effect.   Continue reading...

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