Fed­eral judge con­sid­ers fate of state ‘sanc­tu­ary cities’ law

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SAN AN­TO­NIO | A fed­eral judge is con­sid­er­ing whether a new Texas “sanc­tu­ary cities” crack­down backed by the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion can take ef­fect.

U.S. Dis­trict Judge Or­lando Gar­cia on Mon­day ap­peared in­ter­ested in how the law signed by Re­pub­li­can Gov. Greg Ab­bott and sched­uled to take ef­fect in Septem­ber would be en­forced. The mea­sure lets po­lice ask peo­ple about im­mi­gra­tion sta­tus dur­ing rou­tine stops.

Judge Gar­cia asked whether an of­fi­cer could ask all pas­sen­gers in a car about their im­mi­gra­tion sta­tus and if lo­cal po­lice could make their own im­mi­gra­tion sweeps.

Op­po­nents of the law, in­clud­ing the cities of Hous­ton and Dal­las, ar­gued that the law’s vague­ness is one of their big­gest con­cerns.

The Jus­tice De­part­ment is help­ing Texas de­fend the law in a San An­to­nio court.

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