Appeals Court Upholds State “Show Me Your Papers” Law

Citing a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in an Arizona case, a three-judge panel of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals Tuesday upheld the so-called “show me your papers” provision of the Texas sanctuary cities law that allows police to inquire about the citizenship or legal resident status of people who are lawfully detained for violations of criminal or civil law. The court ruled that the law is constitutional because it does not require police to ask about residency. “It would be wrong to assume that SB4 (the sanctuary cities law) authorizes unreasonable conduct where the statute’s text does not require it,” the court wrote in its opinion. The appeals court upheld a lower court ruling that a provision of the law that prohibits local governments…View Original Post

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