Federal judge grants government time to respond to city’s lawsuit

Published: Jul. 26, 2021 at 11:22 AM CDT|Updated: Jul. 26, 2021 at 9:46 PM CDT
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LAREDO, TX. (KGNS) - Its going to take a little more time before the city finds out if their legal fight to keep immigrants from being bussed to Laredo will succeed.

A federal judge has given the U.S. government more time to respond to the lawsuit against them.

On July 16th, the city filed a temporary restraining order asking to keep migrants from being brought to shelters in Laredo.

District Judge Diana Saldana has given the government now until August 2nd to file their response to the city’s demand.

The city will then have until August 9th to respond to that.

All this legal back and forth is needed before the judge can make a final decision.

The basis of the lawsuit is that the city did not have the resources to keep up with the numbers and a growing strain on the health system.

However, Mayor Pete Saenz told KGNS last week the city is negotiating with the federal government outside the court.

This legal action by the city is separate from the county’s emergency order.

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