Hearing to Block New Sanctuary Cities Law to Be Held Monday in SA

Breaking from Newsmax News Hub

The San Antonio Express-News reports that opponents of Texas’ so-called sanctuary cities bill will try to convince a San Antonio federal judge Monday to put the law on hold before it goes into effect Sept. 1. Lawyers for eight Texas cities and counties, including San Antonio, Austin, the border communities of El Cenizo and Maverick County and several advocacy groups, will argue that U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia should block Senate Bill 4, which Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law last month. Described by critics as the most restrictive piece of state immigration legislation in the last five years, it’s the first major piece of legislation passed during the presidency of Donald Trump, whose Justice Department on Friday filed a statement of interest saying it supports the law. Lawyers for both the plaintiffs and the state of Texas are expected to present oral arguments and live witness testimony that will last all day. Garcia has asked for additional briefing after the hearing and is unlikely to make a decision Monday.

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