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Attorney General Ken Paxton filed the lawsuit in 2018, alleging SAPD didn't cooperate with federal immigration authorities in violation of Texas state law.
San Antonio's city council approved a $300,000 settlement for a lawsuit that accused police chief William McManus and other officials of violating a Texas law barring sanctuary cities, the Express-News reports
Republican Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed the suit
in 2018, 11 months after a suspected human-smuggling incident made headlines on the city's East Side. In that incident, police found 12 suspected undocumented immigrants in the back of a tractor-trailer.
While SAPD officers arrested the driver on smuggling charges and contacted Homeland Security, city officials maintain that they couldn't get through to federal officials, according to the Express-News
. The individuals found in the truck were subsequently released since detaining migrants is under the feds' jurisdiction
Paxton alleged that city officials disregarded Texas' GOP-championed Senate Bill 4, which requires local authorities to hand over undocumented migrants to federal agencies.
The $300,000 settlement — covered by San Antonio's Self Insured Liability Fund — comes after the city had already spent nearly $6.4 million defending McManus, according to KSAT.
Still, the settlement represents a fraction of $150 million in penalties and attorney fees the city might have been on the hook for had it lost the court case, the station reports.
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