Immigration reform is at the forefront of the White House administration’s policies. There is no doubt by the end of his term as President he will have thoroughly cracked down and decreased the percentages of illegal immigration. On Friday the administration continued this work. They filed court papers by Texas state law that would punish sanctuary cities. A win for the American people.
Some of Texas’s biggest sanctuary cities, as well as border towns, are going to file additional documents on Monday to try and halt the state law that goes by the name of Senate Bill 4. They will argue it violates human rights and is unconstitutional as it allegedly deports individuals illegally. They also complain the bill diverts local resources into programs that enforce federal immigration law.
The bill calls for jail time for specific sheriffs and police chiefs who do not cooperate with federal immigration enforcement authorities. It is completely supported by almost all Republicans in the state legislature. As well, it is the first legislation approved in Texas since the inauguration of President Trump.
The Department of Justice released a statement indicating the law will aid in facilitating cooperation between the state and federal authorities in terms of immigration enforcement. The statement of interest was filed in the U.S. District Court in San Antonio, Texas for the Western District of Texas.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions said,
“President Trump has made a commitment to keep America safe and to ensure cooperation with federal immigration laws.”
Republican Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton supported the legislation and indicated he will work with the Department of Justice to ensure this legislation passes and is thoroughly enforced. But his adversaries include border town El Cenzino and other cities surrounding San Antonio. They argue the law would intrude on the way they choose to govern their specific jurisdictions. In a statement they said,
“Under SB 4, local entities must enforce federal immigration law and must do so regardless of whether such enforcement will divert resources away from more pressing police needs.”
The Texas Tribune explained the bill in simple terms saying,
“Known as the “sanctuary cities” bill, the legislation allows local law enforcement officers to question the immigration status of people they legally detain or arrest. It also punishes local government department heads and elected officials who don’t cooperate with federal immigration “detainers” — requests by agents to turn over immigrants subject to possible deportation.
Opponents of the measure, including the cities of Houston, Austin and San Antonio, as well as Webb County’s El Cenizo and Maverick and El Paso counties, argue in court filings that the law violates several provisions of the U.S. Constitution, including guarantees of equal protection and freedom of speech. The opponents also argue that the law violates the Constitution’s supremacy clause, which states that federal law — including statutes dealing with immigration enforcement — is “wholly dedicated to the federal government and may not be usurped by the states.”
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said,
“It’s reassuring to know that the Trump administration believes in upholding the Constitution and defending the rule of law, and I’m grateful for the DOJ’s assistance in helping my office defend the lawful Senate Bill 4.”
One of the things this legislation would allow is for law enforcement officials to ask about the immigration status of an individual during a lawful detention of a person. And as the legislation states there is nothing illegal or nefarious about it. The bill says the following in the court filings,
“Federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement only issues detainers when there is probable cause on the face of the detainer to arrest an individual on the basis that he is a removable alien, and the detainer is accompanied by an administrative warrant.”
“U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia has scheduled a Monday hearing to consider plaintiffs’ request for a preliminary injunction to stop SB 4 from taking effect as the court case plays out. The bill’s effective date is Sept. 1.”
Illegal aliens have been running around our streets for too long and we need to handle the situation. Since the President took office there has already been a stark drop in illegal border crossing and immigration in general. ICE officials have reportedly, successfully deported thousands of illegal aliens with former criminal records that include violent crimes.
This is the type of leadership we need. A leader not afraid to speak the truth and take the necessary actions to keep our streets clean and safe and that is exactly what President Trump is doing. We are lucky to have him
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