Texas is about to start fining sanctuary city officials up to $25000

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The bill passed via voice vote Wednesday, and needs only a final, largely formulaic vote to go to the state Senate.

Several other lawmakers made passionate arguments against SB 4, noting almost all Texas police chiefs, sheriffs and law enforcement organizations are against it.

After the governor puts his signature of approval on the bill, Democrats are vowing to immediately file a challenge to SB4. The Texas bill was passed by the Senate, and is bound for the House.

Another day, another controversial battle left for the courts to decide. That tally includes Texas, which approved a past call decades ago, when Democrats controlled the Legislature.

"The questions that we typically ask on these citizenship tests are pretty basic, fundamental questions, both about where we've been as a country and about how our country operates", says Sean Theriault, a professor of government at the University of Texas at Austin.

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About 20 people are being charged with criminal trespassing after staging an hours-long sit-in at a state building to protest a Texas bill compelling local police to enforce federal immigration law.

In North Carolina, lawmakers also hope to address protections of undocumented immigrants, even though the lead sponsor of one of the bills, State Representative George Cleveland, said he was unaware of any sanctuary cities in the state, the Winston-Salem Journal reported.

The bill was voted out of the House Committee on Homeland Security and Public Safety and is now in the calendar's committee which schedules when bills will be added to the House of Representatives calendar and heard on the floor for a vote.

But Hernandez agreed to comply with the Texas law. In an op-ed in the Dallas News, David Pughes, the interim chief of police for Dallas, and Art Acevedo, the chief of police for Houston, said that this bill will create a bigger divide between police and immigrant groups and increase crime against immigrants.

Law enforcement officers, while they may work for the city, are still obligated to follow state law - and certainly federal law.

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"Nowhere in the bill, as it comes back from the House, does it instruct law enforcement officers to ask for papers".

President Trump signed directives to strip federal funding from "sanctuary" cities that shield "illegal" immigrants. Local officers still do not have authority to arrest a person by merely being unlawfully present.

"This will lead to distrust of police, less cooperation from members of the community and will foster the belief that they can not seek assistance from police for fear of being subjected to an immigration-status investigation", the chiefs wrote. Other proposals would have created exceptions for homeless shelters and domestic violence centers, but Republicans rejected those amendments. "This bill will go from a broken taillight to a broken family to broken faith in our system". Houston Republican Rep. Dan Huberty's bill with many co-sponsors cuts the graded categories to three while focusing on student achievement beyond standardized tests.

"I think it could be a game-changer in a very negative way for hundreds of millions of Texans", said Democratic Senator John Whitmire.

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