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    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Texas Republicans were poised Wednesday to take a big step toward banning "sanctuary cities" in their state, debating a bill through which police chiefs and sheriffs could even be jailed for not cooperating fully with federal immigration authorities.

    Although Democrats don't have the votes in the Republican-controlled Legislature to stop the bill from going to Republican Gov. Greg Abbott, who made such a ban a priority, they vowed to fight it at every step, promising hours of emotionally charged debate on Wednesday before the Texas House votes.

    Under the bill, the state could withhold funding from local governments for acting as sanctuary cities, even as the Trump administration's efforts to do so nationally have hit roadblocks. Other Republican-controlled states have pushed for similar polices in recent years, just as more liberal ones have done the opposite. But Texas would be the first in which police chiefs and sheriffs could be jailed for not helping enforce immigration law. They could also lose their jobs.

    The bill is needed to "keep the public safe and remove bad people from the street," said Rep. Charlie Geren of Fort Worth.

    "The bill does not target or discriminate against illegal immigrants. This bill specifically targets criminals who happen to be here illegally," Geren said.

    The term "sanctuary cities" has no legal definition, but Republicans want local police to help federal authorities as part of a larger effort to crack down on criminal suspects who are in the U.S. illegally. The Texas House bill would allow local law enforcement officers to inquire about federal immigration status if someone is arrested. A version passed by the state Senate in March would allow immigration inquires of anyone who is detained, including during traffic stops.

    President Donald Trump is trying to withhold federal funding for sanctuary cities, but on Tuesday, a federal judge in California issued a preliminary injunction preventing him from doing so.

    Texas doesn't currently have any sanctuary cities, but that hasn't stopped Abbott and Republican legislative leaders from pushing aggressively for a ban.

    Sally Hernandez, the sheriff of Travis County, which includes liberal Austin, enraged conservatives by refusing to honor federal requests to hold suspects for possible deportation if the suspects weren't arrested for immigration offenses or serious crimes such as murder. But Hernandez softened her policy after Abbott cut funding to the county, saying decisions would be made on a case-by-case basis, and she's said she will conform to the state's ban if it becomes law.

    Fierce resistance has come from Texas Democrats and immigrants' rights organizations, as well as from some in law enforcement and top business lobbies. Opponents say it opens the door to discrimination and intimidation. Many sheriffs and police chiefs in heavily Democratic areas warn that it would make their jobs harder if immigrant communities - including crime victims and witnesses - become afraid of the police.

    "This is a show me your papers law. This is what everybody's afraid of," said Rep. Cesar Blanco, a Democrat from the border city of El Paso.

    Though House Democrats don't have the votes to block the bill, they planned to file enough challenges to force hours of debate.

    "I have seen the fear of children who worry their parents are going to be deported," said state Rep. Victoria Neave, of Dallas, who has staged a four-day fast to protest the bill.

    Abbott has made the issue one of his "emergency" items of the Texas legislative session, and Republicans have it on course to become state law regardless of what happens to Trump's federal order.

    House passage Wednesday wouldn't get it there yet. The state Senate previously passed a similar but different version and the two sides must compromise before sending a bill to Abbott. Similar efforts have collapsed in recent years.
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    If all 30 + States passed laws like Texas, we would solve this problem in no time at all, especially if all state and law enforcement agencies in those states helped our poor beleaguered bankrupt federal government to enforce US immigration law. It is your right and your duty. Then the feds could focus on the 20 states who aren't sure what country they want to be a part of until they see first-hand the benefits of the other 30 states for having stood up for this nation and solved the illegal immigration problem within their own state boundaries. That would also give the US Senate a virtually guaranteed 60 vote cloture vote to pass any legislation that may be needed. What US Senator can stay in office voting against the will of their own state laws? Not too many.

    Think about it.

    In the meantime, thank you Texas!! Thank you very very much!!
    A Nation Without Borders Is Not A Nation - Ronald Reagan
    Save America, Deport Congress! - Judy

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    Texas House Passes Sanctuary City Bill After Emotional Testimony

    Posted By Mary Lou Lang On 10:27 AM 04/27/2017

    The Texas House after an emotional day of testimony passed a sanctuary city bill early Thursday morning that would make it a crime for local law enforcement officials to not cooperate with federal authorities on immigration.

    In a 93 to 54 vote mostly along party lines, the controversial bill was passed and came after one of the “slowest moving but most emotional legislative days at the state Capitol,” reported the Texas Tribune.

    The vote came after 3 a.m. after Rep. Dennis Bonne, R-Angleton, made what some called an unprecedented motion to group all the remaining amendments to the bill and record them as failed. There were more than 100 amendments.

    The debate on the sanctuary bill was reportedly 15 hours long, and some Democrats even cried, one fasted for days, and many wore butterfly pins in support of DREAMers.

    Dozens of protesters, many waving signs and banners opposing the bill and its supporters, gathered inside the Texas Capitol to chant pro-immigrant slogans in English and Spanish, reported ABC News.

    Some even filed into the House’s visitors gallery to applaud the opponents of the bill. One woman yelled at Republican lawmakers before she was escorted out, “God is watching what you’re doing.”

    The bill would allow local peace officers to question the immigration status of those they legally detain and not arrest. It would also allow for the removal from office any law enforcement official who does not cooperate with federal immigration officials. Those who do not comply also could be charged with a Class A misdemeanor and could face jailtime.

    Many took to social media to express their outrage of the bill’s passage.

    “The anti-sanctuary cities bill aka SB4 has passed the Texas Legislature—I have never felt more afraid to walk around the city out of fear of being racially profiled & detained for being brown,” wrote Heather K. Buen on Twitter.

    Governor Greg Abbott has indicated his support of a ban on sanctuary cities in his state.
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    Texas Bill Adds Civil, Criminal Penalties for Sanctuary Cities

    by BOB PRICE
    28 Apr 2017
    Austin, TX

    The Texas Legislature is on the final step to passing a bill that will penalize jurisdictions, including college campus police departments, which have sanctuary policies protecting illegal immigrants. The bill puts sharp teeth in the battle to stop such policies.

    While Republicans control the Texas House and Senate, the road to passage has been hard fought. The Texas Senate passed the measure in early February, after Governor Greg Abbott declared the issue to be an emergency item in his State of the State Address.

    Senate Bill 4 provides that local entities, a state justice agency, or campus police department, would be subject to civil penalties of up to $25,500 a day for violating the new law. Civil penalties collected must be used to compensate crime victims. These governmental bodies would also be prohibited from receiving funds from state grants.

    Entities could also lose their sovereign immunity in lawsuits brought against them because of injuries caused by the release of criminal aliens subject to ICE (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement) detainers. The provision applies to criminal aliens who commit a felony within 10 years after their release.

    Moreover, an elected official of a jurisdiction or “an individual who is appointed by [that] governing body” would be guilty of a criminal offense. As reported by Breitbart Texas, the provisions would make it a crime for sheriffs, police chiefs, and other law enforcement officers and those appointed by them, to refuse to cooperate with immigration officials. The crime would be a Class A misdemeanor. Elected officials also face removal from office when the bill becomes law.

    Texas has been in the forefront of the sanctuary city fight. An ICE report on March 20 exposing sanctuary jurisdictions ranked Travis County, Texas, as number one in the country for not complying with ICE detainers. As Breitbart Texas reported, well over 70 percent of the 206 criminal aliens released during the week of January 28-Februay 3 were released by the Travis County Sheriff’s Office.

    Governor Greg Abbott flexed his purse strings to fight Travis County Sheriff “Sanctuary Sally” Hernandez. He cut state law enforcement grants to the Austin-area county when she refused to reverse positions. Hernandez has denied that she is not in compliance.

    Senate Bill 4, authored by Republican Senator Charles Perry from Lubbock, prohibits state criminal justice agencies, campus police departments, and local jurisdictions from discouraging or prohibiting a person who is a commissioned peace officer, a corrections officer, a booking clerk, a magistrate, or a district attorney, criminal district attorney, or other prosecuting attorney, from following immigration laws.

    The Texas House Republican Caucus sent out a statement after its 94-53 passage on partisan lines Thursday saying, “This legislation comes after governmental entities in Texas have adopted ‘sanctuary city’ policies that purposefully hinder or prohibit local law enforcement cooperation with U.S. Immigration and Customs and prohibit officers from inquiring about a person’s immigration status.”

    The controversial bill allows law enforcement officials to ask a person being detained about their immigration status; thus, it is broader than a measure which would allow them to do so only if the person was under arrest. Those against the bill have compared it to laws in Arizona and California and denounced it as “a show-me-your-papers style law.” The legislation expressly provides that a law enforcement official may not inquire into a person’s immigration status if they are a victim or witness to a criminal offense, or if they are reporting a criminal offense. Agencies are also given the authority to engage in community outreach activities that educate the public, including victims of family or domestic violence, that officials may not inquire into their immigration status. Opponents of the bill contend the measure will discourage victims or witnesses of crimes from coming forward because of their immigration status.

    A police officer may not stop a motor vehicle or conduct a search of a home or business solely to enforce a federal immigration law. However, if they are providing assistance to, or at the request of a federal immigration officer, or under an agreement between their agency and the federal government, a peace officer may arrest an illegal alien if they are acting under Texas law to preserve the peace.

    The sponsor of the measure in the Texas House, Rep. Charlie Geren (R-Fort Worth) said “The purpose of this legislation is to protect Texans from criminals who are here illegally. We are trying to make sure those bad actors are detained until we can determine their status.” “This bill will not affect law-abiding citizens, only those that are in trouble with the police,” he added.

    The bill expressly prohibits officials from considering “race, color, religion, language, or national origin while enforcing immigration laws except to the extent permitted by the United States Constitution or Texas Constitution.”

    The bill also provides for a process for making a complaint about any violation of the legislation and states that “any person,” including the federal government, may file a complaint with the attorney general. The person must offer evidence that a local entity, state criminal justice agency, or campus police department is violating the statute, and swear to the accuracy of the stated facts.

    “House Republicans have proven time and time again that we are committed to protecting the rule of law and keeping our communities safe,” said Republican House Caucus Chairman Tan Parker. “We will continue to work tirelessly to pass legislation that ensures the safety of Texans, such as Senate Bill 4.”

    Texas Governor Greg Abbott has steadfastly said that he will sign the bill and has pushed for its passage. If the Senate does not accept the changes made by the House, a conference committee will be appointed to resolve the differences and move the bill forward to the Governor for signature. The law would go into effect on September 1 of this year.
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    It's about the rule of law, not immigration

    April 29, 2017
    By Silvio Canto, Jr.

    Our legislature in Texas took a big step forward in reminding everyone that it's about the rule of law, not immigration.

    It went down along party lines:

    After more than 16 hours of debate, the Texas House of Representatives early Thursday morning tentatively gave a nod to the latest version of a Senate bill that would ban "sanctuary" jurisdictions in Texas.

    The 93-54 vote fell along party lines and came after one of the slowest moving but most emotional legislative days at the state Capitol.

    The vote came at 3 a.m. after state Rep. Dennis Bonnen, R-Angleton, successfully made what some Democratic members called an unprecedented motion to group all of the remaining amendments – more than 100 – and record them as failed. He said he made that suggestion so members wouldn't be forced to pull their amendments. The motion passed 114 to 29, with about a third of Democrats approving the measure

    It's a shame that an issue about enforcing the law should go down along partisan lines, but that's reality.

    Nevertheless, the Democrats are completely tone-deaf on this issue.

    They have invested themselves in the sanctuary city movement. It is a huge political mistake, as we saw recently in a Pew Poll:

    An overwhelming majority of Americans believe that cities that arrest illegal immigrants for crimes should be required to turn them over to federal authorities.

    The poll shows that President Trump has broad public support in his effort to crack down on sanctuary cities.

    A survey from Harvard–Harris Poll provided exclusively to The Hill found that 80 percent of voters say local authorities should have to comply with the law by reporting to federal agents the illegal immigrants they come into contact with

    That 80% means there are a lot of Democrats joining in.

    Since election night, the Democratic Party has gone mad. First, they spent all of their ammunition fighting Neil Gorsuch and lost the 60-vote option in the U.S. Senate. Second, they've now joined cities violating federal law.

    Madness, madness, madness!

    Did any Democrat hear the one about when to stop digging?
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    May 1, 2017

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Protesters decrying proposed Texas legislation compelling local police to enforce federal immigration law are staging a raucous sit-in at a state building.

    More than 100 people, many wearing T-shirts or waving signs denouncing the proposal against "sanctuary cities," marched Monday to the Texas Department of Insurance building.

    The protesters sat in the lobby, vowing to remain until Republican Gov. Greg Abbott voids the bill, which hasn't yet cleared the state Legislature.

    They spent hours chanting in English and Spanish, and locked arms to block building entrances.

    Abbott wasn't present. The governor has staff in the building but his office is located in the nearby state Capitol.

    Police watched from afar without intervening.

    The Texas Senate and House have passed anti-sanctuary cities bills, which have to be reconciled before becoming law.
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    Texas Legislature Sends ‘Sanctuary’ Ban to Governor

    by BOB PRICE
    3 May 2017
    Austin, TX

    The Texas Legislature passed the toughest anti-sanctuary city bill in the nation Wednesday evening. The bill creates a criminal penalty for sheriffs and police chiefs that refuse to honor ICE detainers. The Senate passed the bill on a 20-11 party-line vote.

    Lt. Governor Dan Patrick lauded the move:

    "I have been working to end sanctuary cities in Texas since my days as a state senator. This legislation will eliminate a substantial incentive for illegal immigration and help make Texas communities safer. In the past six years, criminal aliens have been charged with more than 566,000 crimes in Texas including kidnapping, homicide, burglary and much more. There is no excuse for endangering our communities by allowing criminal aliens who have committed a crime to go free. SB 4 will ensure that no liberal local official can flaunt the law."

    Senator Charles Perry (R-Lubbock) stood on the floor of the Senate for more than two hours defending the bill in its final stage of passage. Perry responded to distortions made by Democrat senators about SB4 saying they “made it look like a demon it is not.”

    Sen. Charles Perry‏
    BREAKING: My legislation to ban "Sanctuary Cities" in Texas has passed the legislature and is heading to @GregAbbott_TX's desk. #txlege #sb4

    During recent weeks, protesters descended on the State Capitol in opposition to the bill, Breitbart Texas reported. Following the bill’s passage, Texas Democrats continued the fear mongering.

    “S.B. 4 has always been about Republicans politically profiting on the backs of Latinos, other people of color, and immigrant families. It’s a racial profiling bill, it’s dangerous, and it’s unconstitutional. S.B. 4 is the Trump Republican deportation force agenda, and now it’s a full-fledged ‘show-me-your-papers’ Arizona-style bill.

    Key provisions in the bill call for criminal and civil penalties for Texas Sheriffs and chiefs of police who fail to honor immigration detainers issued by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers, Breitbart Texas reported. It also includes a provision that allows police officers to inquire about the immigration status of a person they have detained.

    Despite rumors being spread by the bill’s opponents, SB4 prohibits an officer asking about the immigration status of any crime victim or witness to a crime. An exception is included if the person’s immigration status is germane to the crime as in a human smuggling crime, or when the victim or witness could obtain a protected immigrant status by becoming a witness or as a crime victim.

    The bill now goes to Governor Greg Abbott who has stated he will sign the bill into law. It will become effective on September 1, 2017. Governor Abbott made the sanctuary city issue an emergency item for the legislature in his State of the State Address in February.”

    Before the session began, Lt. Governor Patrick also listed ending sanctuary cities as a top priority. Texas Democrats Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa issued the following statement:

    “I’m proud to announce that today that SB 4, which will ban the dangerous practice of sanctuary cities, is on its way to the governor’s desk for his signature,” Patrick stated.

    When Lt. Governor Patrick announced the filing of Perry’s bill in February, he said it “must have some teeth.” This bill has teeth.
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    This is great news for Texas and America!

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    Good...I hope all other States get on board with Texas and stop this lawlessness!

    Stop aiding and abetting illegal aliens.

    Make them self deport.


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