Houston votes to join lawsuit against sanctuary cities bill
City leaders in Houston voted on Wednesday to join several other cities across the state in challenging Senate Bill 4, also known as the 'sanctuary cities' bill.
Houston's city council voted 10-6 to join the lawsuit; San Antonio and Austin previously filed to join the suit.
Senate Bill 4 was signed into law by Texas Governor Greg Abbott last month and requires local government agencies to comply with federal immigration laws and detainer requests. If they do not comply with the law, police chiefs and sheriffs can be criminally charged.
SB4 goes into effect on September 1, but the legal challenge will seek to stop it.
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