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Texas: Appeals Court Allows Parts of Anti-Immigrant SB 4 Law to Take Effect

HeadlineSep 26, 2017

In Texas, an appeals court has ruled that parts of the harsh anti-immigrant law SB 4 can take effect, overruling a lower court’s decision to block much of the law, as the state continues to rebuild after Hurricane Harvey. Last month, a district judge blocked a handful of the law’s provisions, including requiring jails to hold people in custody for immigration authorities. But Monday’s ruling means jail authorities will now have to comply with most of ICE’s detainer requests. The ruling also allows Texas to enforce a part of the law that says local authorities cannot stop their employees from working with federal immigration officers. The law still faces legal challenges.

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