Javier Salazar | Texas Public Radio

Javier Salazar

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Eight inmates in the Bexar County Adult Detention Center who were unable to afford bond or bail are being released with the help of the Texas Organizing Project.

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Bexar County residents caught in possession of marijuana or accused of certain misdemeanors can receive a ticket and be let go under the county’s new Criminal Intervention Through Education program. The process is commonly referred to as cite and release.

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Sheriff’s deputies will go from an annual 24 hours to 40 hours of training under a new directive from Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar. Additional hours will focus on many subjects, including community policing.

Bexar County Sheriff's Office

Following a court order from the US 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton says he will begin receiving complaints and begin the process of prosecuting local law enforcement officials who violate the State’s sanctuary cities ban.  But how this will affect immigration detainer policies at the Bexar County jail.

SB4 also known as the sanctuary cities law authorizes the Attorney General to pursue civil penalties against, or remove from office, local officials who do not enforce federal immigration laws and detainers.

Ryan Poppe

The rules are currently about as clear as mud for when Texas law enforcement officials must detain immigrants who may be here illegally.  A new state law will soon require them to hold immigrants for as long as federal authorities request.  But a judge’s recent ruling says there has to be probable cause that the immigrant has committed a crime. Bexar County officials say it will be difficult to navigate these murky waters that lie ahead.