Sanctuary City Crackdown About to Take Effect in Texas, Amid Court Battles

An anti-sanctuary city law is about to take effect in Texas, but not without a final burst of controversy and court battles. 

Senate Bill 4, set to kick into law on Sept. 1, strikes at sanctuary cities by, among other things: barring policies that prevent law enforcement from inquiring about a suspect’s immigration status, barring policies that limit enforcement of immigration laws, and requiring cities to honor immigration detainer requests.

Local officials that violate these rules could face fines up to $25,000 per day and be forced to forfeit their elected office, in addition to other punishments.

Multiple cities -- including San Antonio, Dallas and Austin -- have sued Texas over the bill. El Paso County, another plaintiff, asked a judge to rule the law unconstitutional and prohibit the entire state from enforcing it.

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