Texas ‘Sanctuary City’ Ban Blocked by Federal Judge

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — A federal judge in Texas has blocked a Trump-backed state law that would ban certain policies in so-called sanctuary cities.

Major Texas cities, including Houston, Dallas, Austin and San Antonio, among others, previously joined a lawsuit challenging the law.

Critics have called the law, known as SB 4, racist and unconstitutional.

SB 4 aims to bar cities and counties from creating policies that limit immigration enforcement.

SB 4 could also lead to foreign-born individuals being transferred to federal custody even after they’re released from state or local custody.

On Aug. 30, District Court Judge Orlando Garcia issued a temporary ban on portions of the law, preventing them from going into effect on Sept. 1, while the lawsuit continues.

The New York Times reported Garcia said the law would invite “arbitrary and discriminatory enforcement.”

According to Politico, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said he would fight the ruling.