February 8, 2017
The Texas State Senate moved to clamp down on so-called “sanctuary cities” by voting 20-11 to advance State Senate Bill 4 to the Texas House. Final approval to send the bill to the House is expected today, Feb. 8.
SB 4, introduced by Sen. Charles Perry (R-Lubbock), allows local law enforcement to work with Immigration, Customs & Enforcement agents in preparing undocumented residents for deportation. It also means law enforcement can ask about an individual’s immigration status without fear of retribution. The bill would also punish government entities and college campuses refusing to comply with ICE detainers to hold an arrested person in custody, while that individual’s immigration status is investigated.
The bill passed the Senate – along party lines – following six hours of discussion and 39 amendments. Senate Democrats fear such a move would open the door to ethnic profiling, while Republicans believe the measure is necessary for public safety.
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