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Lawmakers targeting 'sanctuary cities' in Texas

from Jacksonville Progress

A Texas lawmaker is injecting the state into the national immigration debate by filing a bill to eliminate so-called sanctuary cities. Communities declaring themselves "sanctuaries" for immigrants living illegally in the U.S. don't spend money to enforce federal immigration law and don’t require police to inquire about immigration status. In some cases, local officers are prohibited from doing so.

Senate Bill 4, authored by Sen. Charles Perry, R-Lubbock, gives officers the discretion to ask those whom they stop for other reasons — say, a broken tail light — about immigration status. It also requires local jurisdictions to comply with detainer requests by federal immigration authorities, and it cuts state grants to those that don't. more


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