Texas has won an important court ruling concerning illegal aliens. A unanimous ruling from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has overturned Clinton-appointed Judge Orlando Garcia’s decision on August 31. The state is able to demand that local law enforcement comply with detainer requests by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency.
Republican Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton hailed it as a clear victory, which will permit the state to “enforce the core” of the law. This means that although the panel hasn’t considered the entire scope, the state is able to mandate cooperation between federal immigration agents and local jails under the “anti-sanctuary city” measure.
The state of Texas passed Senate Bill 4 months ago and Governor Greg Abbott signed the legislation back in February. However, Texas has not been allowed to implement the law that was legally instituted because a few immigrants’ rights activists in a couple of cities and outside interests like the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) took the state to federal court and challenged the legality of the measure.
After Garcia issued a halt to the law taking effect last month, the state appealed the decision. The new ruling overturns Garcia’s halt that went into effect one day before the law was supposed to. Now, Texas can enforce the detainer provision, but the other issues will be thrashed out in November.
These include the ability to punish local law enforcement personnel who don’t abide by federal and state law concerning the detainment of illegal aliens. The ruling does provide the ability to pursue some penalties against officials who defy it, but at this point the extent is vague. The bill also includes sanctions on colleges and universities that ignore citizenship status and protect illegal students. These details will be ironed out later.
Charles Perry added the provision about colleges during the debate. He said, “The college campus aspect was needed because we’ve had a lot of rhetoric from some of the college campuses [saying] this is what we’re going to go out and do.”
The bill was hotly debated in the state legislature. One lawmaker notified ICE when protesters who carried signs announcing their “undocumented” status were seen outside.
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has praised the measure and the Department of Justice filed arguments supporting the state law. Other attorney generals did likewise, sending a clear picture that the majority of Americans don’t want the wanton destruction of citizenship to occur. Liberals promote the Open Boarders agenda that aims at reestablishing serfdom, conservatives want to protect individual liberty.
Originally, Houston, Dallas, and Austin had sued the state concerning the legality of Senate Bill 4. The main reason for opposition of the bill stems from a supposed Fourth Amendment violation and the fact that penalties are vague for law enforcement officials who won’t comply.
Many people feel that Texas should forget sanctions and just arrest the sheriffs and police chiefs who break the federal and state law.
Liberal news outlets are connecting the legislation with President Trump. Although the Texas congress has had the bill in the works since before Trump handily won the election, for some reason liberals want to connect him with what they see as a racist measure. The truth of the matter is that the bill has nothing to do with race and everything to do with sovereignty.
The three judges on the appeals court, one which was appointed by Clinton and the other by Barack Obama, obviously take their oath seriously. The law was passed and does not violate any supposed constitutional protections because these illegal aliens are not being deprived of life, liberty or property.
These people are lawbreakers, and as such, are subject to justice. It’s not a violation of constitutional rights to put someone in jail if they’ve broken the law.
Paxton said in a statement, “Enforcing immigration law helps prevent dangerous criminals from being released into Texas communities,” and he’s absolutely correct. The number of illegal violent crimes is outrageous, but it would still be unacceptable if one single person was raped or murdered by an illegal alien.
Immigration must be held in respect. Allowing people to flood the nation without proper documentation is dangerous and wrong. Texas earned a victory yesterday when it was allowed to implement a law that was legally passed. By trying to stop the state from putting it into effect, liberal activists groups are essentially rebelling against the republic that provides all Americans’ freedoms. Fortunately, the haters of liberty have failed.