Appeals court argument set for Texas immigration law
NEW ORLEANS - A federal appeals court in New Orleans is set to hear arguments over a Texas law cracking down on so-called "sanctuary cities."
The Texas Legislature approved the law in the spring. It was challenged by several Texas city governments and civil rights advocates. It requires local law enforcement agencies to honor federal immigration requests to detain people in local jails for possible deportation.
Opponents go before the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday afternoon, seeking to block the law. Texas officials will argue in favor of the law.
The law also allows police to inquire about people's immigration status during routine interactions such as traffic stops. It subjects some law enforcement officials with removal from office and criminal charges for not complying with federal detainer requests.