Mehlman: TX will prevail in 'sanctuary cities' lawsuit

Friday, August 11, 2017
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Chad Groening (OneNewsNow.com)

Smuggling federal crime signA federal judge's ruling over a sanctuary city law in Texas failed to stop the measure, says a U.S. border security advocate.

Ira Mehlman of the Federation for American Immigration Reform has been watching with interest as Texas leaders have pushed back against liberal "sanctuary" cities, which have chosen to protect illegal aliens by refusing to cooperate with federal immigration agents.

Gov. Greg Abbott signed the bill into law in May. Among other provisions the new law punishes law enforcement if they refuse to cooperate with federal authorities and it fines cities that fail to cooperate, too.

The sheriff of Travis County, for example, has famously declared she will refuse to cooperate with immigration officials.

A request to hold a suspected illegal immigrant is known as a "detainer," and Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez ignored more than 140 detainer requests in January and February alone, a Texas newspaper reported in March. The illegals were charged with DUIs, sexual assault, robbery, and drug posession, among other alleged crimes.  

The cities of Houston, Austin, San Antonio, and El Cenizo have filed suit to stop the law.

Anticipating legal action to fight SB 4, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton went to court to ask for a preliminary ruling upholding the new law. But the federal judge, Sam Sparks, rejected the move on the premise that Texas doesn't have standing to sue the cities – the same ones which are suing the state.

Paxton

But the judge's decision doesn't mean Texas can't implement the new law as of September 1, insists Mehlman.

ICE arrests"There is nothing right now," he tells OneNewsNow, "that is going to prevent Texas from doing that."

So the Texas attorney general will head to court to defend the law against several liberal city governments.

"There are other cases that will no doubt test the constitutionality of SB 4," says Mehlman. "We are confident that it will pass muster that it conforms to federal laws and that Texas will serve as a model for other states."

Once that happens, he predicts that other states will follow Texas with their own laws. 

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