A federal appeals court has held up the bulk of a Texas law cracking down on "sanctuary cities" — cities that refuse to cooperate with federal immigration authorities.
The Texas law allows police officers to ask people during routine stops whether they're in the U.S. legally and threatens sheriffs with jail time for not cooperating with federal immigration authorities.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton applauded the decision in a statement.
"Enforcing immigration law prevents the release of individuals from custody who have been charged with serious crimes.
The Justice Department recently filed a lawsuit against California, claiming the state is hindering federal enforcement of immigration laws.