“Sanctuary City” Law Temporarily Blocked

Last week, a federal district judge issued a preliminary injunction that temporarily prevents portions of S.B. 4 (the so-called “sanctuary city” bill) from going into effect.

Judge Orlando Garcia’s ruling blocks the provision of S.B. 4 that requires local officials to honor all federal immigration detainers. Additionally, the ruling prevents the application of legal penalties and removal from office for officials who adopt or endorse policies that materially limit the enforcement of immigration laws.

The preliminary injunction was issued two days before the legislation was to go into effect, and it essentially preserves the position of both parties to the suit until a formal trial on the merits can be held.

The State of Texas has indicated that it will appeal the court’s ruling. 

TML member cities may use the material herein for any purpose. No other person or entity may reproduce, duplicate, or distribute any part of this document without the written authorization of the Texas Municipal League. 

 Back to Legislative Update Index