Despite three criminal indictments and a looming fraud trial, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton says he’s going after lawless police officials that won’t do the feds’ job for free with jail time and lawsuits. In his fraud trial, Paxton facesthree felony fraud charges that carry a maximum sentence of 99 years in prison and tens of thousands in fines.
Via the Los Angeles Times:
The Texas attorney general announced Monday that the state had filed a lawsuit against local officials he said were hostile toward a ban on “sanctuary cities” that threatens to punish sheriffs and police chiefs who refuse to cooperate with federal immigration agents.
Atty. Gen. Ken Paxton said the state’s new law, signed a day earlier by Gov. Greg Abbott, was vital to securing the state’s borders.
“Unfortunately, some municipalities and law enforcement agencies are unwilling to cooperate with the federal government and claim that [the law] is unconstitutional,” Paxton said in a statement.
The state’s complaint is a preemptive move against immigrant advocacy groups that have promised to challenge the law, formerly Senate Bill 4, which becomes effective Sept. 1. The law allows police to ask about immigration status during routine stops and threatens authorities with fines and jail time if they do not comply with federal requests.
Opponents have argued that the law is potentially unconstitutional and could lead to officers engaging in racial profiling.