A federal district judge on Wednesday ruled to temporarily block a new Texas law that would have banned sanctuary cities in the state, just two days before the law was set to take effect.
Federal District Court Judge Orlando Garcia granted a preliminary injunction of the sanctuary cities ban, Senate Bill 4, saying in his ruling that the law would have eroded the relationship between local law enforcement and immigrant communities.
In a 94-page ruling, Garcia wrote that there “is overwhelming evidence by local officials, including local law enforcement, that SB 4 will erode public trust and make many communities and neighborhoods less safe,” adding that “localities will suffer adverse economic consequences which, in turn, will harm the state of Texas.”
The new law was pre-empted by federal immigration law, which supersedes state law, the judge found.
“The Court cannot and does not second guess the Legislature,” Garcia continued. “However, the state may not exercise its authority in a manner that violates the United States Constitution.”