The Texas Tribune talks "Sanctuary Cities", "David's Law"

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The Texas Tribune talks "Sanctuary Cities", "David's Law"

The Republican-dominated Texas senate on Wednesday, May 3, approved a Bill to punish so-called "sanctuary cities" that limit their cooperation with federal immigration agents, sending the measure to the governor who in a post on Twitter vowed to sign it.

Democrats and immigrant rights groups argue this makes the bill "show-me-your-papers"-type legislation that will allow police to inquire about a person's immigration status during the most routine exchanges, including traffic stops".

After the Texas bill passed the Senate in February, Abbott said he would "not tolerate sanctuary-city policies that put the citizens of Texas at risk".

In a 20-11 party line vote, Republican state senators adopted the House version of a bill that prescribes tough penalties for local officials who refuse to cooperate with federal immigration authorities.

Additionally, the state could withhold funding from local government for acting as sanctuary cities.

Abbott's ready, said spokesman John Wittman, after final House passage.

Perry said that concerns about the legal validity of federal detainer requests should be dealt with by the federal government and that it's the state's responsibility to ensure that jurisdictions obey the law.

Abbott, who has backed the effort from the beginning, tweeted that he was getting his signing pen "warmed up" to make the bill a law.

In a moment of levity, Rep. Eddie Rodriguez, D-Austin, made a reference to the nation's first, and only, convention of states, the one that produced the U.S. Constitution the bill seeks to change. Her bill, SB 2190, would cut benefits for retirees in exchange for $1 billion in bonds to shore up the current system.

Law enforcement officers, while they may work for the city, are still obligated to follow state law - and certainly federal law.

Under SB 4, a sheriff, police chief, constable, or jailer who has custody of a person subject to a federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainer request and who knowingly fails to comply with the detainer request could be charged with a Class A misdemeanor.

"If we know Woodrow Wilson, then I'm hopeful that we at least know some of those other ideas", he says.

"Our country has been rocked by revelations of foreign governments interfering in our national elections, and many questions remain about whether or not officials with the Trump organization colluded with Vladimir Putin and the Russian government", he said on the House floor.

I do not write this lightly, as courts have recently reaffirmed that the Legislature acted with discriminatory intent when it passed a 2013 voter ID law to suppress minority voter turnout, and created at the start of the decade congressional and state House districts that diluted the voting strength of minority residents.

"It's been very hard for me to look at any of you", Anchia said, "because I'm filled with a lot of sadness".

Robinson told the Reporter-Telegram he is a member of the Legislative Committee for the Texas Police Chiefs Association.

But those opposed to the resolution say a convention could give states more power. Austin City Council Member Greg Casar, Austin Community College Trustee Julie Ann Nitsch, Rev. Jim Rigby of St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, and more than a dozen others defiantly refused to leave the building until Abbott vetoed the measure.