By Maria Sacchetti,
SAN ANTONIO — Lawyers for Texas cities fighting the state’s tough new immigration law argued Monday that it would force local law enforcement to help federal officials carry out mass deportations.
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The lawyers challenging the law, which is backed by the Trump administration, urged U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia to issue a preliminary injunction to keep it from taking effect Sept. 1 and said it is unconstitutional on numerous grounds.
The statute calls for harsh penalties against localities that refuse to cooperate with federal immigration agents, including stiff fines, jail time for police chiefs and ousting elected and appointed officials from their posts.
“They are setting up a situation that incentivizes people to enforce immigration law to the maximum,” said
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