AUSTIN — A day after a federal appeals court allowed parts of Texas’ sanctuary cities ban to go into effect, Attorney General Ken Paxton announced that his office will begin taking complaints against local jurisdictions who violate the law.
“The 5th Circuit quickly confirmed what my office and I long maintained: Senate Bill 4 is a common sense measure that prevents governments in Texas from standing in the way of federal enforcement of immigration law,” Paxton said in a written statement. “By enforcing the key provisions of SB 4, we will prevent dangerous criminals from being released back into our Texas communities.”
On Monday, a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a mixed ruling, allowing parts of the law to go into effect. Those provisions include a section of the law that prohibits local authorities from preventing their officers from cooperating with immigration authorities and another that requires jails to hold immigrants in their custody for immigration authorities.
The three-judge panel left blocked other portions of the law.
The state will take complaints from residents of the local jurisdiction which is accused of being in violation of the law. It will also take complaints from students or employees of colleges. The complaints must include sworn affidavits.
By James Barragan for DALLAS NEWS
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