Attorney Eric Cedillo, adjunct professor at Saint Mary's University Dedman School of Law and administrator of their Consumer Advocacy Clinic, talked to Chris Salcedo on "The Chris Salcedo Show" today about the law Texas governor Gregory Abbot signed on Sunday.
The law effectively bans "sanctuary cities" in Texas by empowering local law enforcement to detain illegal aliens arrested for other offenses after they have met bail.
They discussed that the Texas law in essence requires local law enforcement to comply with federal law. Cedillo explained that it might be challenged as a tenth amendment issue.
The U.S. code already has a criminal law on the books requiring the sharing of information and allowing Immigration and Customs Enforcement into jails to collect illegal immigrants. Cedillo said the concern for sheriffs under the Texas law is that they can be sued under civil law for detaining someone for ICE. He also said it looks like this legislation means the state will support sheriffs in that eventuality.
Sheriffs are also concerned about the budget increases needed to hold these individuals. The attorney said even with these concerns, Texas honors 90 percent of detainers -- twice as much as the second highest state, California.