Marjorie Kamys Cotera via The Texas Tribune

Texas House Backs Strict “Sanctuary Cities” Measure


By Krystal Cruz

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Early Thursday morning, the Texas House of Representatives voted in favor of banning “sanctuary” jurisdictions in Texas. According to The Texas Tribune, the vote was made after adding a provision allowing local peace officers to question the immigration status of people they legally detain.

 

Democrats offered several amendments in efforts to protect people from being subject to provisions of the bill in certain areas such as domestic violence shelters, homeless shelters, pre-kindergarten schools and public school events, but ultimately all failed.

 

The bill entails several provisions that require officials at the city and local level to follow through with orders, such as subjecting sheriffs, constables and police chiefs to a Class A misdemeanor if failing to cooperate with federal authorities. Another provision includes forcing college campus administrators to comply with the bill, which could lead to the deportation undocumented college students that might be detained for minor offenses.

 

Although the bill has received criticism for being an “intentionally” racist proposal by democrats, House State Affairs Committee Chairman Byron Cook said the bill should only be seen for its intention, which is “getting dangerous criminals off the street.”

 

To read more about the debate before vote read The Texas Tribune’s article here.