Texas lawmakers passed a bill Wednesday that outlaws “sanctuary cities” — cities that don’t enforce federal immigration laws.
The legislative action comes after weeks of heated debate and political jousting.
State Sen. Charles Perry, who co-sponsored the measure, claims this bill will make Texas communities safer.
“It’s about protecting our communities. We don’t want those individuals that have committed crimes — illegal or otherwise — that when they had an opportunity to be locked up for public safety to be released at the discretion of local law enforcement,” Perry said.
The bill will give every Texas police officer and sheriff’s deputy the power to enforce federal immigration law.
Peace officers can ask the immigration status of anyone under arrest — or even detained.
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SOURCE: CBS News, Omar Villafranca