Texas lodged a pre-emptive lawsuit Monday against local officials considered hostile to the state’s new anti-sanctuary cities law, the first salvo in an expected legal fight over the controversial measure.
State Attorney General Ken Paxton said the federal lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, is necessary to protect the law from challenges by liberal municipal officials and immigrant rights groups.
“[The law] is constitutional, lawful and a vital step in securing our borders,” Paxton said in a statement. “Unfortunately, some municipalities and law enforcement agencies are unwilling to cooperate with the federal government and claim that SB 4 is unconstitutional.”
The Texas suit names as defendants Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez, Austin Mayor Steve Adler, all of Austin’s City Council members, and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund. State lawyers are asking the federal district court to find that SB 4 does not violate the Fourth Amendment right to protection against unreasonable searches and seizures or the 14th Amendment right to equal protection.
Originally published by Daily Caller.