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Texas Finalizes Bill That Will Lead to Arrest of Liberal Sheriffs and Officials

It took them 16 hours of debate, mostly because democrats were trying to scuttle the bill, but the House in Texas has passed a law that will withhold money for sanctuary cities and will also allow for the arrests of sheriffs and other officials who willfully disregard immigration law.  If you are familiar with Texas governor Greg Abbott, raise your hand.  If you believe he won’t arrest anyone or fine any cities, put your hands down.  No one?  Yeah, I think we can safely assume that local liberal justices will be joining former democratic politicians behind bars in the very near future.

The Republican-controlled Texas House approved a strict ban on “sanctuary cities” early Thursday in the country’s second-largest state, seeking to empower law enforcement to enforce federal immigration law against anyone they detain and threatening to jail police chiefs and sheriffs who refuse to do so.

The vote came just before 3 a.m. and followed 15-plus hours of heated, sometimes tearful debate, much of it from outnumbered Democrats.

The bill would allow Texas to withhold funding from county and local governments for acting as sanctuary cities – even as the Trump administration’s efforts to do so nationally have hit roadblocks. Other Republican-led states have pushed for similar policies, but Texas would be the first in which police chiefs and other officials could face criminal charges and be removed from office for not helping enforce immigration law.

The original House bill was amended to include one major change inspired by the Senate.  The original House bill allowed police to ask about immigration status only if they are arrested.  The Senate bill went further and let’s you inquire of anyone who is being detained, even during a traffic stop.
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