Controversial Ban on “Sanctuary Cities” in Texas Likely to Become Law

Students gather in the Rotunda at the Texas Capitol to oppose SB4, an anti-“sanctuary cities” bill that already cleared the Texas Senate and seeks to jail sheriffs and other officials who refuse to help enforce federal immigration law, as the Texas House prepares to debate the bill, Wednesday, April 26, 2017, in Austin, Texas. Many sheriffs and police chiefs in heavily Democratic areas warn that it will make their jobs harder if immigrant communities, including crime victims and witnesses, become afraid of police. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

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

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