Texas sanctuary city law could lead to immigration police state: lawyer

Justice Department backs Texas 'sanctuary city' law in court

Under the law, elected officials could lose their jobs, police chiefs could go to jail, and governments could face fines of up to $25,500 a day if they adopt or enforce policies that prevent law enforcement officers from asking about a person's immigration status or complying with requests to detain immigrants, a job that has been chiefly the responsibility of federal agents. And because the federal government alone is charged with crafting immigration policy, the state of Texas can't create its own, or dole out criminal penalties for refusing to follow a state policy, critics argue.

The lawsuit, filed by the City of El Cenizo and others, argues the law violates both the Texas and USA constitutions. The first court hearing is Monday in San Antonio.

"Basically it's to get them to know the rights and responsibilities of living in the United States but also for them to know the rights of the constitution under the fourth and fifth amendment so that if they are detained by a police officer or any law enforcement they know how to act and how to cooperate", Immigration Lawyer Douglas Interiano.

The hearing is scheduled for 9:30 a.m.at the John H. Wood Jr. federal courthouse in San Antonio in U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia's court.

The Justice Department is helping Texas defend the law in a San Antonio court. He also stated that the law violates established Texas law.

Busloads of demonstrators from across Texas rallied outside, wearing red T-shirts and carrying signs denouncing the law.

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South Asian neighbors India and Pakistan have had a history of hostile relations which is reflected during cricket matches too. The Keralans reportedly lit firecrackers and chanted slogans in support of the Pakistan cricket team, who won by 180 runs.

Supporters of the measure have said immigrants who do not break the law have nothing to fear. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said the new law raises serious Constitutional concerns. The cities claim it is unconstitutional because it would encourage racial profiling, the Austin American-Statesman reported.

Some cities in Texas say the law, if upheld, could prompt sports organizations and others to boycott the state, similar to the effect of a controversial bathroom bill in North Carolina.

The federal government has officially thrown its support behind Texas' so-called sanctuary cities ban.

Numerous Texas cities, including Austin, have sued the state in an attempt to block the implementation of SB 4, which is set to take effect on September 1.

Earlier this year, President Donald Trump attempted to deter cities from "sanctuary city" status by issuing an executive order that would withhold some federal funding from locations that do not cooperate with federal retainers. "Gov. Abbott and [President] Trump have taken the stances that immigrants are bad for Texas and bad for our nation".

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