THE LATEST: Trump administration may join Texas sanctuary cities fight


The Trump administration on Monday signalled its plans to get involved in Texas’ legal battle with Austin and other cities over Senate Bill 4, just as Austin filed paperwork seeking an injunction to block the measure outlawing “sanctuary cities” from taking effect.

The U.S. Department of Justice contacted Austin’s legal department on Monday indicating its intent to file a “statement of interest” and asked to be involved in the court hearings next week on SB 4, according to a city spokesman.

City officials learned of the Trump administration’s interest just as they were preparing to file a motion Monday asking a court to temporarily block the law, which is set to take effect Sept. 1. The city’s filing contains more than a dozen statements from three Austin City Council members, Mayor Steve Adler, interim Police Chief Brian Manley and South by Southwest co-founder Roland Swenson.

Read the full story on mystatesman.com to get the latest on this growing battle over sanctuary cities, including the entry of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton in a new front.



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