Sparks’ ruling means the situation will remain in Dallas.
For that second time now, the Texas attorney general’s office sparred in federal court with opponents from the state’s new immigration-enforcement law, Senate Bill 4. Each side got an earful from federal Judge Mike Sparks. [Full story]
But Efrain Olivares, a lawyer using the Texas Civil Legal rights Project, addressing a few of the plaintiffs within the Dallas situation, stated he was confident his side would prevail in Dallas after Sparks saw fit to chuck the ball state’s initial challenge.
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What the law states was passed in April, and Gov. Greg Abbott signed it in May after he designated the legislation an urgent situation item required to ensure Texans were protected from undocumented immigrants that commit crimes.
Though Sparks’ ruling Wednesday is really a small victory for SB4’s opponents, they have to now wait and find out what U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia decides carrying out a seven-hour hearing in Bexar County on June 26.
Opponents contended then the law violates several provisions from the U.S. Metabolic rate, including guarantees of equal protection and freedom of speech, which because of the bill’s broad language, it paves the way to racial profiling.
“Texas’ misguided suit would be a direct attack on democracy and native autonomy. The Texas Civil Legal rights Project continues its combat SB4 and won’t allow condition officials to maneuver their anti-immigrant agenda forward unchallenged,” Olivares stated.
A federal judge on Wednesday ignored the condition of Texas’ suit against Travis County along with other defendants within the state’s new immigration enforcement law.