Houston Votes in Favor of Challenging Sanctuary Cities Law

Lawyer explaining the document to his client

Houston has joined three other cities in Texas for a controversial legal battle over a new "sanctuary cities" law, which largely involves compliance with federal immigration policies. The Houston City Council voted 10-6 to challenge the merits of the rule, otherwise known as Senate Bill 4.

In particular, the law permits police officers to question people that they stopped about their immigration status and punish those that will not comply with the federal immigration detention.

Mixed Support

Local council members in Houston hold polarizing views on the city’s participation in the legal fight. Some argue that by joining San Antonio, Austin, and Dallas in the case, Houston might lose state or federal funding grants. The city will also need to spend a significant amount in fighting the bill.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner estimated the cost of litigation at $250,000 while he doesn’t expect that the city would lose federal funding because of the local council’s vote in challenging the measure.

For criminal lawsuits, both plaintiffs and defendants can seek help from a Houston lawyer for white-collar crime and other cases.

FBI Definition

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) defined white-collar crime as any act that involves deceit, concealment, or violation of trust. Perpetrators of these crimes don’t necessarily have to use force or violent acts to achieve their goal, which is driven by financial reasons such wanting to gain or avoid losing money.

The bureau has been focusing on investigating white-collar crime under three categories of corporate fraud, which comprise faking financial documents, self-dealing by corporate insiders, and fraudulent activities related to legitimately operated a mutual hedge fund.

Lawsuits about immigration and criminal cases need different legal expertise. Cost most likely serves as their common denominator, since litigation can be a lengthy process for the prosecution and defense parties.