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The Legal Fight over a Texas law that bans sanctuary cities commences Monday


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The legal fight over a Texas law that bans sanctuary cities commences in a San Antonio courtroom Monday, as some of the state’s largest cities ask a federal judge to block the implementation of a law they say encourages racial profiling and violates the Constitution.
District Judge Orlando Garcia is scheduled to decide whether to issue a preliminary injunction against the law — known as Senate Bill 4 — to prevent it from going into effect on Sept. 1. Opponents say the measure should not be enforced while various legal challenges make their way through the courts.
The Department of Justice has officially sided with Texas, saying in a “statement of interest” filed on Friday that it plans to present oral arguments at Monday’s hearing
The Texas anti-sanctuary law, which Republican Gov. Greg Abbott signed in May, is the nation’s toughest statewide crackdown on illegal immigration and local jurisdictions that limit cooperation with federal immigration enforcement efforts. The law compels local jailers to honor immigration detention requests, allows police officers to ask about the immigration status anyone they detain, and prescribes jail time for public officials who don’t share information with immigration agency:snip:

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