Texas divided on jailing delegates to 'convention of states'

Claudine Rigal
Mai 19, 2017

Additionally, the state could withhold funding from local government for acting as sanctuary cities.

The Texas Senate and House have passed anti-sanctuary cities bills, which have to be reconciled before becoming law.

Christians United for Israel (CUFI) applauded the law, saying, "The legislation's passage comes after months of hard work by the bill's sponsors, State Sen".

Texas made a loud statement to Israel-haters Tuesday by passing a law that punishes businesses for boycotting the Jewish state. "This bill, SB 4, will impact the ability of the men and women of law enforcement of this state to do their jobs". Charles Perry denied that the bill would result in Texas police officers racially profiling people.

Republican Gov. Greg Abbott will likely sign the bill into law, tweeting after the Wednesday vote: "I'm getting my signing pen warmed up".

The state house last week approved the measure on a party-line vote.

Texas doesn't now have any sanctuary cities, but that hasn't stopped Abbott and Republican legislative leaders from pushing aggressively to ban them. Although the department still turns over undocumented immigrants to federal immigration authorities, it no longer honors the requests for people arrested for minor crimes.

The decrease is expected to cost Texas almost $22 million over the life of the 2018-2019 state budget that the Legislature is still devising.

Lubbock ISD said the immigration test is purely memorization, while the testing method they have in place challenges students to use critical thinking skills.

"The questions that we typically ask on these citizenship tests are pretty basic, fundamental questions, both about where we've been as a country and about how our country operates", says Sean Theriault, a professor of government at the University of Texas at Austin.

Perry noted the bill includes protections for victims and witnesses to come forward without declaring their migratory status and said it is on police departments to make sure immigrants understand those protections.

Police chiefs, religious leaders and teachers opposed the legislation - and they vowed Thursday to take their grievances to court. And that "We're not exaggerating...when we say the people who will feel the biggest effects of this are the most vulnerable, the women, the children, the survivors of sexual assault, rape, human traffickers, the people who will feel the disconnect from law enforcement, the people who are supposed to make them safe". "That is not who's committing crimes in Bexar County", he said. She has said she will conform to the state's ban if it becomes law. President Donald Trump moved aggressively to tighten the nation's immigration controls Wednesday, signing executive actions to jumpstart construction of his promised U.S. -Mexico border wall and cut federal grants for immigrant-protecting "sanctuary cities".

"Having lived in one sanctuary city (Las Vegas), I saw first hand some of the complications involved in not enforcing our immigration laws".

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