Our daily digest is a mid-day update on the stories we’re following in Texas politics today. Here’s what we’re watching:

 

San Antonio is at the front lines of the fight against Senate Bill 4, the state’s new anti-sanctuary cities law. Protesters have been rallying outside the federal courthouse in San Antonio today as a judge is set to decide whether to temporarily halt the law.

Follow @VictoriaMaranan and @AleseU for updates.

 

The federal judge hearing arguments must decide whether to allow the law to take effect – or approve a preliminary injunction, which would halt the law while the court case plays out.

 

SB 4 would allow Police to ask people about their immigration status in a routine stop. It also seeks to punish cities and elected officials who refuse to comply with federal detainer requests.

 

Groups from El Paso, Houston, Austin, Dallas and San Antonio each took to the podium during a rally before the hearing began and talked about how SB4 is already affecting their communities. San Antonio Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller even led a prayer.

 

The ACLU of Texas said the fight against SB4 is just getting started.

 

“SB4 is an insult to our values and our freedom and everyone here who fears the effects of SB4 needs to know that we’re here with you and we’ll continue to fight until this racist and un-democratic law is dead,” Astrid Dominguez with the ACLU of Texas said.

 

Five Texas cities, including Austin and San Antonio, are suing the state. And last Friday, the Department of Justice filed a statement of interest, siding with the state and backing the controversial law. Meanwhile, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has filed a pre-emptive lawsuit asking a federal court to declare SB4 constitutional. An Austin court is set to consider that request on Thursday.

 

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We’re also following several US Supreme Court decisions today including:

  1. Parts of the Trump administration’s controversial 90-day travel ban will be enforced as the Supreme Court waits to hear arguments on the case.
  2. Justices will consider whether a Colorado baker can refuse to make a wedding cake for same-sex couples — based on religious beliefs.
  3. The Supreme Court has ruled against a Texas death row inmate who said his lawyers failed to challenge a faulty jury instruction at his trial and on appeal.

 

The Quorum Report’s Harvey Kronberg will also be joining us tonight. Watch Capital Tonight at 7 for the latest on these stories and more.

 

Posted by Karina Kling

@KarinaKling