With the recent passing of Texas Senate Bill 4, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is looking to turn up the heat on sanctuary cities in Texas. On Monday, he filed a lawsuit in federal court targeting Travis County, its Sheriff, the City of Austin, and all of Austin’s city council members. The lawsuit was put forth in hopes to force Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez and Austin Police into cooperating with federal immigration authorities when they arrest illegal immigrants.
Sheriff Hernandez was quoted saying, “This law does not keep our community safe, in fact, it goes against public safety.” Though she does intend to enforce the law once it goes into effect September 1st.
Texas Senate Bill 4 officially bans sanctuary cities in the State of Texas and requires law enforcement entities to follow federal law and comply with any federal detainer requests. Anyone found in violation of Senate Bill 4 will face criminal penalty.