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Old 06-01-2011, 02:29 PM
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Default Sanctuary cities bill filed for Texas session

Sanctuary cities bill filed for Texas session
AUSTIN, Texas Not waiting for Gov. Rick Perry, a Texas House Republican is pressing for an immigration enforcement bill that has been one of the most controversial issues before the Legislature this year.
Rep. Burt Solomons of Carrollton has filed a new version of the so-called sanctuary cities bill. It bans police agencies from adopting policies that prohibit officers from asking people they detain whether they are in the country legally.
The bill was one of Perry's top priorities in the regular session but it failed without a vote in the Senate. Perry, a Republican, has not yet added it to the agenda of the 30-day special session which began Tuesday, but said he still considers it an important issue.
Perry's agenda items so far include bills on school spending, Medicaid and congressional redistricting. He has the power to add more.
Solomons did not immediately return a telephone message Wednesday seeking comment.
None of Texas' major cities claim to be sanctuary cities, but many police departments discourage their officers from asking about immigration status. Democrats in the House and Senate fiercely oppose the measure and Hispanic lawmakers say they worry police will use the law to harass Latinos.
The immigration bill will likely pass if Perry adds it to the agenda.
The Republican-dominated House passed the measure during the regular session. The GOP holds a 19-12 majority in the Senate, but Democrats had the two votes they needed under Senate rules to block a vote on the bill.
Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, a Republican, has said the Senate likely won't adopt the 21-vote rule in the special session, leaving a simple 16-vote majority to pass bills.
Supporters of a sanctuary cities measure say it is needed to help police stop crimes committed by illegal immigrants.
Opponents, including many police departments, have argued it will ostracized local immigrant communities and make them afraid to report crimes.
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