House passes ban on "sanctuary cities"
After a long debate stretching into the early hours of Friday morning, House lawmakers voted to ban so-called "sanctuary cities" and impose penalties on uncooperative officials.
Voted along party lines,
Sen. Charles Perry (R-Lubbock)
passed by a 94-53 vote.
The bill, sponsored by
Rep. Charlie Geren (R-Fort Worth)
n the House, largely mirrors the version passed in the Senate in February.
Rep. Matt Schaefer (R-Tyler) added the so-called "show-me-your-papers" amendment to the bill, which would allow
law enforcement to question a person's immigration status while detained despite not being charged with a crime.
The Senate is likely to accept the proposed change since the bill contained a similar measure in its original form.
Another amendment to allow elected officials to be removed from office if they violated the provisions of the bill was also tacked onto the bill.
The bill now heads back to the Senate, where senators can either accept the House's changes or work out the differences in a conference committee. If passed, the bill is likely to be signed by Gov. Greg Abbott and enacted into law.