Making politicians attach their names to their positions can be a powerful thing. The “sanctuary cities” bill tested that theory.
Gov. Greg Abbott Sunday put the final touch on the bill that would allow police to inquire about the immigration status of people they lawfully detain.
The bill heads to Gov. Greg Abbott, who declared the legislation an “emergency item” and is expected to sign it.
Texas legislators expected to lock horns over the bathroom bill. But the raw debate over sanctuary cities could be the hallmark of this 85th Legislature.
The bill passed on a party-line vote, 94 to 53.
The 93-54 vote fell along party lines and came after one of the slowest moving but most emotional legislative days at the state Capitol.
The latest version of the Legislature’s bill to outlaw “sanctuary cities” in Texas is a scaled down version of what the state Senate passed out in February.
The real question is what would be cut from local government budgets if and when their voters reject bigger tax increases.
Senate Bill 4 would essentially require local jurisdictions to cooperate with federal immigration officials or risk funding.
Among the hundreds of people that came to Austin to testify in opposition of Senate Bill 4 on Thursday was San Antonio Police Chief William McManus.