Texas House to vote on sanctuary cities bill

The bill's supporters argue the provisions are necessary to combat immigrant crime such as drug and human trafficking.

While the Trump administration frequently wants to present sanctuary cities as defying federal law when they refuse to detain illegal immigrants so that federal authorities can round them up for deportation, there is no requirement under federal law to assist (and it would likely be unconstitutional should such a law be crafted).

Both President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions have been outspoken critics of sanctuary cities, threatening to pull federal and justice department funding from those who don't comply with immigration law and orders. But Hernandez softened her policy after Abbott cut funding to the county, saying decisions would be made on a case-by-case basis, and she's said she will conform to the state's ban if it becomes law. The judge ruled that only funds related to immigration enforcement can be withheld, according to the Associated Press.

Schaefer's amendment, approved in an 81-64 vote, drew intense criticism from Democrats, who say it will lead to racial discrimination against Latinos. "This is what everybody's afraid of", said Rep. Cesar Blanco, a Democrat from the border city of El Paso. A rare exception was an amendment by Rep. Eddie Lucio III, a Brownsville Democrat, that got the blessing of the Senate Bill 4's House sponsor, Fort Worth Republican Rep. Charlie Geren, and was approved overwhelmingly.

Victoria Neave, the freshman Dallas representative who's fasted since Sunday to protest the bill, told her new colleges about her father's undocumented status.

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A Facebook page supported by Neave encourages others to fast, pray, "or in your own way [let] all of my colleagues in the Texas House know how devastating this legislation will be to our families".

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"We aren't trying to exaggerate when we say the people in the shadows will be in the shadows more", Gonzalez said.

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Rep. Chris Turner, D-Grand Prairie said he believes the bill would allow strained relationships between officers and the community. "I hope that others do it as well", Romero said. "Our diverse communities will continue to organize and build our networks of local defenses across the state to move us forward".

The state Senate's version is still different enough from the House's that the two chambers must compromise on a finished bill.

He warns that Texas lawmakers might one day regret supporting the bill and Texans will question why it was ever passed.

"Today we've made real that fear", said Roland Gutierrez, a San Antonio Democrat.

Texas Rep. Rafael Anchia, D-Dallas, at podium, is surrounded by fellow lawmakers as he speaks against an anti-"sanctuary cities" bill that has already cleared the Texas Senate and seeks to jail sheriffs and other officials who refu.

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