The Latest: 'Sanctuary cities' ruling focuses on detainers

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The key part of a federal appeals court ruling is that a Texas "sanctuary cities" law can require police to honor federal immigration detainers for now. But one attorney opposed to the law says the impact of the order may be limited.

The decision Monday by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals comes nearly a month after a lower judge blocked most of the law.

One of the main parts of the law requires Texas police and sheriffs to honor requests from federal immigration agents to hold people who are suspected of being in the country illegally and are in jail for reasons other than immigration. The law threatens police chiefs and sheriffs with jail time if they don't comply.

Nina Perales is an attorney opposed to the law. She says her reading of the ruling isn't that all detainer requests are now mandatory.

Republican Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton hailed the decision as now letting the state "enforce the core" of the law.