April 28, 2017
The Texas House of Representatives tentatively approved the latest version of a Senate bill that would ban “sanctuary” jurisdictions in Texas. The 93-54 vote was along party lines.
Members voted on the bill after putting back a controversial provision that extends the bill’s scope, and allows local peace officers to question the immigration status of people they legally detain. The original House version of the measure allowed officers to ask about the status during a lawful arrest.
The bill also keeps a provision that would charge sheriffs, constables and police chiefs with a Class A misdemeanor for failing to cooperate with federal authorities, and honor requests from immigration agents to hold non-citizen inmates, subject to removal.
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