AUSTIN, Texas — Republican Texas Attorney
General Ken Paxton is asking a federal appeals court for an emergency
order blocking a lower ruling that kept Texas' new anti-"sanctuary
cities" law from taking effect.
In a filing Tuesday, Paxton requested expedited consideration and a ruling from the U.S. 5th Circuit Court within two days.
A San Antonio-based federal judge last week temporarily suspended
Texas' new law amid a lawsuit questioning its constitutionality. The law
had been set to kick in Sept. 1.
It allows police to inquire
about people's immigration status during routine interactions like
traffic stops. Police chiefs also could face removal from office and
even criminal charges for not complying with federal requests to hold
people jailed on non-immigration offenses longer for possible
Opponents call it a "show your papers" law.