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Federal Court Upholds Texas Law Against Harboring Illegals

The U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has overturned a ruling from a liberal judge regarding a Texas law that sets tough penalties for harboring illegal aliens.  A lower court had blocked implementation of the law because the liberal ideology and not because of the law.  The Fifth Circuit ruled that the plaintiffs didn’t have standing to sue because there is nothing in the Texas law that would even remotely punish them for renting apartments to illegal aliens.  Therefore, the injunction should not have been applied.  Judges need to face consequences for using fake laws to make judgement.


“Because there is no reasonable interpretation by which merely renting housing or providing social services to an illegal alien constitutes ‘harboring…that person from detection,’ we reverse the injunction.”


Breitbart Texas’ Lana Shadwick reported in April 2016 that a federal district court judge issued a temporary restraining order against the state from enforcing the anti-harboring provisions of Texas House Bill 11. Shadwick wrote:

The federal complaint states that “In his role as Executive Director of RAICES, Plaintiff Ryan provides shelter to immigrant women and children who are not authorized to be present in the U.S. and lack lawful immigration status. Many of the immigrant women and children sheltered by Plaintiff Ryan are asylum-seekers from East Africa and Central America who entered the U.S. without authorization and are in federal removal proceedings.”

The plaintiffs brought the lawsuit on January 24 and sued Texas Governor Greg Abbott, the Director of the Texas Department of Public Safety Steven C. McCraw, and members of the Texas Public Safety Commission.

The harboring provisions are part of a $800 million border security effort by the Texas Governor and the Texas legislature.


Breitbart Texas attended the ceremony when Abbott signed into law the toughest and most comprehensive border security plan of any state in the United States of America. The Governor noted that the Texas-Mexico border can be a gateway to crimes committed in other parts of the U.S.

As reported by Breitbart Texas, the legislative package provided historic levels of funding to secure the border, established a child sex trafficking prevention unit, strengthened penalties for human traffickers, increased funding for the border protection unit, and seeks reimbursement from the federal government for Texas funds spent on border issues. The Governor declared the plan a legislative priority, and one of his emergency legislative items during his [2015] State of the State address.

Texas is now free to use the law to go after drug dealers and human traffickers.

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