Texas House OKs 'sanctuary city' ban with tough jail penalty

In the wee hours of the morning, the Texas House voted, pretty much along party lines, to pass SB 4.

Some law enforcement officials-including Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez-prefer a more nuanced approach rather than a wholesale roundup of all undocumented immigrants, honoring ICE detainers when they involve felons. He said he made that suggestion so members wouldn't be forced to pull their amendments. Dutton's motion needed support from ⅔ of representatives present was approved by a 114-29 vote.

The bill also allows police to ask people about their immigration status during a lawful detention, even for minor infractions like jay-walking.

Under the House version of the bill only people who are arrested can be asked about their status.

State Rep. Ramon Romero Jr. Matt Schaefer, who was in the middle of a back-and-forth, deal-making struggle that stopped debate for more than hour.

Geren, Villalba and seven other Republican representatives voted against Schaefer's amendment in the 81-64 vote. "That's the mission. Shouldn't be any more than that", Cook said. But Texas would be the first in which police chiefs and sheriffs could be jailed for not helping enforce immigration law.

An entity that fails to follow the law could be subjected to a civil penalty of $1,500 for a first offense and $25,500 for any subsequent violation. She will not eat again until Wednesday, after the legislature votes on Senate Bill 4.

It's one of several by Austin Democratic Sen.

But opponents worry that the bill could harm the fast-growing drone industry, arguing that the federal government, not the state, is charged with regulating airspace. At one point, Rep. Still, Democratic Rep. Mary Gonzalez of El Paso, on Texas' border with Mexico, wept openly as she recalled being sexually assaulted, saying the bill will empower criminals. "It would affect me, my family and my friends". He called their drawn out floor speeches a "filibuster".

State Rep. Ana Hernandez, D-Houston, recounted through tears how she was undocumented for years after her visa expired when she was growing up. "Worrying about an immigration raid".

The Texas House has preliminarily approved authorizing cuts to, and the eventual phasing out of, taxes levied on businesses in the future, when the state potentially has shaken off the current oil price slump. She said she's received hate mail telling her to "die" and "starve". The governor declared the measure an "emergency item" at the beginning of the legislative session. SB 4 passed the Senate in February.

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The debate on SB4 is expected to be lengthy. A third House member simply predicted "a total shitshow".

For Neave, making sure the bill isn't signed into law is personal: Her father, who is now a US citizen, first entered the United States illegally.

"At this time I can not", Geren said. "This will lead to less cooperation from members of the community and foster the belief that they can not seek assistance from police for fear of being subjected to an immigration status investigation".

"The best place for us to pick up these illegal criminals is in jails and prisons". We have to go into courthouses.

"What else can I do to defeat this bill?" she said. Insiders say House democrats have more than 100 amendments ready to be filed.

Sheriffs warn the bill could make their jobs harder if immigrant communities-including crime victims and witnesses-fear the police.

Attorneys and advocates for immigrants said they were also prepared to fight.

"There was a framework for that type of agreement, [and] we were discussing it", he said.

U.S. District Judge John deGravelles ruled Wednesday in Baton Rouge.

Debate in the House began at 9 a.m. and there were over 180 proposed amendments by House Democrats. "Then the Republicans came in and said the deal was off". "In the very recent history at least three federal courts have found that the state of Texas passed legislation that had a discriminatory impact and a discriminatory intent".