Sanctuary cities

Sanctuary city refers to municipal jurisdictions, typically in North America and Western Europe, that limit their cooperation with the national government's effort to enforce immigration law. Leaders of sanctuary cities want to reduce the fear of deportation and possible family break-up among people who are in the country illegally, so that such people will be more willing to report crimes, use health and social services, and enroll their children in school.
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  • Appeals court tosses Texas' pre-emptive lawsuit over 'sanctuary cities' law
    Houston Chronicle

    Appeals court tosses Texas' pre-emptive lawsuit over 'sanctuary cities' law

    Caption Close AUSTIN — The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday dumped Texas's odd attempt to prove in court the constitutionality of a 2017 anti-sanctuary cities law before it went into effect, ruling Attorney General Ken Paxton's case was “unconvincing.” Paxton filed the lawsuit hours after Gov. Greg Abbott signed Senate Bill 4 in an attempt to keep critics of the controversial law at bay. Not only did passage of the law draw protests to the state capitol, but Paxton anticipated officials in Austin and San Antonio and other opponents would sue the state, which they later did. A district court found portions of the law unconstitutional, although the 5th Circuit later upheld most of