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Turner to ask City Council to join suits challenging state's 'sanctuary cities' law

HOUSTON – Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said Thursday he will ask the City Council to join lawsuits that challenge the state’s newly passed “sanctuary cities” law.

The law was one of the legislative priorities laid out by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott in his State of the State address. He signed it into law last month.

The measure allows for governments that violate the law to be fined up to $25,500 a day; sheriffs and police chiefs can be charged with misdemeanors for refusing to comply with federal detainer requests; elected and appointed officials can be removed from office for violations of the law.

Opponents of the law, like the American Civil Liberties Union, said it threatens to turn Texas into a “show me your papers state.”

Turner said via Twitter that he will make his request to council members this month.

Without an injunction, the law takes effect in September.

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