Texas AG Paxton Sues Austin Over Sanctuary City Ban


From Legal Insurrection, by Mary Chastain

“SB 4 guarantees cooperation among federal, state and local law enforcement to protect Texans.”


On Sunday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed a bill to ban sanctuary cities in the state. The law “also requires police chiefs and sheriffs — under the threat of jail and removal of office — to comply with federal requests to hold criminal suspects for possible deportation.”

Today, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has filed a “lawsuit in [the] U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas” that “names Travis County, the city of Austin and several local officials as defendants.” Paxton wants “the court to uphold the constitutionality of the new law” and hopes it will help “avoid a multiplicity of suits in various forms.”

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