The state of Texas passed a bill that Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law that makes sanctuary status of any city or county to be illegal. State Attorney General Ken Paxton knew that liberals would mount a legal challenge as to the constitutionality of the new law, so he filed a lawsuit against sanctuary locations in the state in hopes that the courts would declare the law to be constitutional.
To the dismay and confusion of many, US District Judge Sam Sparks just dismissed Paxton’s lawsuit. Sparks decision is shocking since he has long been known as a conservative judge who was appointed to the US District Court for the Western District of Texas in 1991 by then President George H.W. Bush.
The fate of the anti-sanctuary bill now rests on another lawsuit that was filed by liberals in San Antonio. Opponents of the law involved in the lawsuit to block the new law from taking effect on Sept. 1, include the counties of Travis, Maverick and El Paso, along with the cities of San Antonio, Houston, Austin and El Cenizo.
U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks on Wednesday dismissed the state of Texas’ lawsuit against Travis County and other defendants over the state’s new immigration enforcement law.
Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a pre-emptive lawsuit shortly after the bill was signed in May seeking a ruling that the controversial measure is constitutional. Among the defendants named in Paxton’s suit were the city of Austin; Travis County and its sheriff, Sally Hernandez; and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund.
The law, known as Senate Bill 4, bans “sanctuary cities,” the common term for local governments that do not enforce federal immigration laws. The law also allows local law enforcement officers to question the immigration status of people they detain or arrest. It will take effect Sept. 1 unless a judge in a separate case out of San Antonio intervenes…
It’s baffling that a conservative judge would dismiss the case to defend a law that defends federal immigration laws. Liberals are hoping that the dismissal is a signal that they’ll be able to overturn the state’s anti-sanctuary law. I still contend that every official who votes for sanctuary status should be arrested for intentionally violating and interfering with the enforcement of federal laws.