Back in May Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott signed into law a measure to punish so-called “sanctuary cities,” despite pleas from some of the police departments of cities like Austin to halt the bill they said would hinder their ability to fight crime. You know, because enforcing laws tends to ‘hinder’ the crime-fighting process.
Per Reuters, the Republican-dominated legislature passed the bill on a party-line vote. Among other things, the bill was designed to punish local authorities who refused to abide by requests to cooperate with federal immigration agents. Police officials found to be in violation of the law could face removal from office, fines and up to a year in prison if convicted.
The measure also allowed police to ask people about their immigration status during a lawful detention, even for minor infractions like jaywalking.
But, just two days before the bill was set to take effect, Federal Judge Orlando Garcia, a Bill Clinton appointee, has temporarily blocked Abbott’s sanctuary city bill on the grounds that it’s ‘unconstitutional.’ Per the Wall Street Journal:
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Aug 31, 2017.