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Special to The Dallas Examiner | 3/6/2017, 11:11 a.m.
The plaintiffs in Cruz v. Abbott argued that the anti-harboring provision of HB 11 improperly targets illegal alien shelters and individuals who rent to them, but the 5th Circuit dismissed the case and adopted the position the State argued in district court: “Because there is no reasonable interpretation by which merely renting housing or providing social services to an illegal alien constitutes ‘harboring … that person from detection,’ we reverse the injunction.”
HB 11 was passed in 2015, and its harboring provisions are part of an $800 million border security effort.
Attorney General Paxton said this in response to the decision: “Today’s ruling by the 5th Circuit will allow the state to fight the smuggling of humans and illegal contraband by transnational gangs and perpetrators of organized crime, not just on the border, but throughout Texas.”
(AP) – A collection of Democratic state senators has proposed legislation prohibiting police from enforcing federal immigration laws in hospitals, schools, churches, courthouses and colleges and universities across Texas.
Houston Sen. Sylvia Garcia announced her “safe zones” bill last Wednesday flanked by co-sponsors. She said such places “are supposed to be safe for everyone.”
The proposal follows authorities recently detaining on immigration charges a woman who was at an El Paso courthouse seeking a protective order against her allegedly abusive boyfriend.
The Texas Senate already has approved a bill banning “sanctuary cities,” which calls for criminal charges against law enforcement officials who refuse to help federal authorities deport immigrants in the country illegally.
The measure must still clear the Texas House, where the provision seeking criminal charges for non-compliant officials may not survive.