Block on Anti-Sanctuary Cities Law Removed
WESLACO – On Monday, a federal appeals court in New Orleans ruled that parts of Texas' anti-sanctuary city law can go into effect, overruling a lower court's decision to temporarily block it.
The three-judge panel of the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the state can enforce two sections of the law.
Mayor Raul Reyes said Monday's decision is temporary. He points to one more ruling scheduled in the near future.
Multiple legal battles likely remain, before the new Texas law – meant to curb illegal immigration known as SB4 – gets to stay on the books.
The ruling by the court in New Orleans reversed, in part, an injunction against the law. A lower U.S. district court previously ordered the injunction.
It means the current legal battle is only over temporary bans of the new law. Hearings on the constitutionality of SB4 will be another chapter.