Texas House Passes Sanctuary City Ban With Stiff Penalty For Public Officials

Wednesday night, dozens of protesters, many waving signs and banners skewering the bill and its supporters, gathered inside the Texas Capitol to chant pro-immigrant slogans in English and Spanish.

Victoria NeaveState Rep. Charlie Geren, the Republican from Fort Worth carrying SB 4 in the House, expressed derision about Neave's form of protest on the eve of what is likely to be lengthy debate on the matter.

While the Republican majority rejected most of the amendments from Democrats, they did approve one controversial measure from a GOP lawmaker. The House's version of the bill was different from the version proposed by Sen.

Wu says he chose to speak about Chinese exclusion and Japanese incarceration because, just like today, "the people who voted for that, the people who supported that, thought they were doing the right thing". Pointing to racist voting maps and whitewashed history textbooks, Anchia cast the legislation as another piece in the long, painful pattern of the Texas government's discrimination against Latinos.

Ramon Romero Jr.Many in the ministry and those among their flock also oppose anti-immigrant measures they view as antithetical to the ideals of religious life.

The amendment from state Rep. Matt Schaefer, R-Tyler, would allow police officers to inquire about the immigration status of someone they have lawfully detained, which includes being stopped for traffic violations. State lawmakers are passing a bill requiring that local law enforcement officials actively participate in the deportation process by holding suspected deportable immigrants on the demand of the federal government (note that the law doesn't apply if the detained person has proof of USA citizenship).

The bill has been softened slightly in the Texas House, but Neave doesn't sound optimistic about preventing it's passing, telling the Morning News, "At this point, we're hoping for a miracle".

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As the daughter of an immigrant, Rep. Neave said fighting the bill is a personal and spiritual journey.

Proponents of the bill say it's about the rule of law and ensuring law enforcement follow the same policies in cooperating with immigration officials. The amendment effectively turns Texas into a "Show Me Your Papers" state and promotes racial profiling, House Democrats charged in response.

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.

Neave herself comes from immigrant parents.

"Individuals are not going to want to testify in court about a crime if they are anxious that their immigration status is going to be checked", she said.

This fast is her spiritual stand, she says, in opposition to an anti-"sanctuary cities" bill poised to become law in her state - and in the face of death threats criticizing her on social media. "I could see the fear in their eyes", Naeve said.

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