A Federal court blocked provisions of the Texas law about “cities of...

A Federal court blocked provisions of the Texas law about “cities of refuge”

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Федеральный суд заблокировал положения закона Техаса о «городах-убежищах»

The law provided for measures against jurisdictions that refuse to cooperate with Federal immigration authorities

A Federal judge has suspended certain provisions of Texas law to support Federal immigration sanctions against the so-called “cities of refuge”.

The court decision was made two days before the law came into force.

The chief district judge of the Federal court in San Antonio Orlando Garcia concluded that the state law is unlikely to meet the test of constitutionality.

“The court cannot review the decision of the legislators and not doing it, – said in a 94-page decision Garcia. – However, staff may not use their powers in violation of the Constitution of the United States.”

The representative of the Texas attorney General was not available for comment.

The Texas law against jurisdictions refusing to cooperate with Federal immigration authorities, is considered one of the toughest anti-immigration measures in the country.