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.
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Greg Abbott is formally demanding that Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez reverse her new policy on cooperation with federal immigration authorities.
Bills targeting “sanctuary cities” failed to pass the Texas Legislature in 2011 and 2015, but similar efforts have better chances of making it this session.
Topics discussed included foster care, mental health care, the “bathroom bill,” sanctuary cities, public education, taxes, and transportation.