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Strict ban on "sanctuary cities" approved in Texas

Strict ban on "sanctuary cities" approved in Texas The Republican-controlled Texas House approved early Thursday a strict ban on "sanctuary cities" 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.

This is reported by Associated Press.

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.

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 Texas House bill originally allowed local law enforcement officers to inquire about federal immigration status only if someone is arrested. A version passed in March by the state Senate went further, permitting immigration inquiries of anyone who is detained, including during traffic stops.

President Donald Trump is trying to withhold federal funding for sanctuary cities, but on Tuesday, a federal judge in California issued a preliminary injunction preventing him from doing so. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has declared the issue an "emergency" item, and the state is poised to pass an anti-sanctuary cities law regardless of what happens nationally.
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