Texas House Passes Bill to Prohibit “Sanctuary City” Policies

AUSTIN, Texas (April 25, 2017) – Yesterday, a bill that would effectively prohibit so-called “sanctuary cities” that refuse to help enforce some federal immigration laws passed the Texas House.

Sen. Charles Perry (R-Lubbock) filed Senate Bill 4 (SB4) along with 19 cosponsors. The legislation would ban localities from adopting policies that prohibit or restrict local agents from enforcing of federal immigration laws in most situations. Practically speaking, if local law enforcement in Texas wants to utilize state and local resources to assist the feds with enforcement federal immigration laws, local governments will not be able to stop them.

The House passed SB4 by a 93-49 vote. It previously passed the House by a 20-10 vote. The version passed by the House yesterday included a number of technical amendments. It will now go back to the Senate for additional consideration.

BACKGROUND

Some U.S. cities, and the state of California, ...

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