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The Latest: Lawyers argue against Texas immigration law

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Latest on arguments against a Texas law cracking down on so-called sanctuary cities (all times local):

5:15 p.m.

Lawyers for numerous Texas municipalities and immigration advocacy groups have told a federal appeals court that a state law cracking down on so-called sanctuary cities puts an illegal burden on local law enforcement agencies.

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments Tuesday on whether it should block the law enacted by the Texas Legislature in the spring.

It requires local law enforcement agencies to honor federal immigration requests to detain people in local jails for possible deportation. It also holds the possibility of criminal sanctions against local officials who are deemed to limit federal immigration enforcement.

The three-judge 5th Circuit panel did not indicate when it would rule.

4:30 a.m.

A federal appeals court in New Orleans is set to hear arguments over a Texas law cracking down on so-called sanctuary cities.

The Texas Legislature approved the law in the spring. It was challenged by several Texas city governments and civil rights advocates. It requires local law enforcement agencies to honor federal immigration requests to detain people in local jails for possible deportation.

Opponents go before the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday afternoon, seeking to block the law. Texas officials will argue in favor of the law.

The law also allows police to inquire about people's immigration status during routine interactions such as traffic stops. It subjects some law enforcement officials with removal from office and criminal charges for not complying with federal detainer requests.

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