Texas House Passes Senate Bill 4

After more than 16 hours of caustic, sometimes tearful debate, Texas Republicans advanced a bill expected to extend the reach of federal immigration enforcement into local police departments.

On Tuesday, a federal judge blocked President Donald Trump's January executive order on immigration that would have withheld federal funds from cities deemed sanctuary cities.

But a floor amendment backed by tea party lawmakers extended the House version to apply to those detained as well as those arrested and passed 81-64 - bringing the full bill closer to what the Senate previously approved. Dozens of Texans are joining her with prayer or fasting, hoping to "soften the hearts" of state lawmakers planning on voting for the bill, she said.

The Texas House voted unanimously Thursday to require all state-operated or contracted jails to disclose their treatment of pregnant detainees over the course of one year, beginning in September. An approved amendment by Rep. Matt Schaefer, R-Tyler, would allow local law enforcement officers to ask people about their immigration status during an arrest or a lawful detention, like a routine traffic stop. Immigrant organizers in the state are already planning protests against the legislation, which must first be reconciled by the Texas House and Senate before it goes to Abbott for his signature.


Texas lawmaker Victoria Neave hasn't eaten since Sunday, she says, when she received a Holy Communion wafer during Mass.

Members of the Texas House went through more than 180 amendments to the controversial bill.

Some law enforcement officials-including Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez-prefer a more nuanced approach rather than a wholesale roundup of all undocumented immigrants, honoring ICE detainers when they involve felons. Police officials who don't cooperate risk a Class A misdemeanor charge and steep fines under the bill. Those include domestic violence shelters, homeless shelters, pre-kindergarten schools, and public school events such as football games. State Rep. Mary Gonzales of El Paso said SB4 will discourage undocumented immigrants from reporting crimes to local police for fear of being deported.

"This topic is painful for me", said Wu, a Democrat who represents a district in Houston. Some later filed into the House visitors' gallery to applaud bill opponents on the floor.


"Of her strike, she said: "[I'm] trying to give everything I can, everything of myself.

"They truly listened to leaders in both law enforcement and communities of faith, as well as the people we are sworn to protect and serve", she said.

State Sen. Charles Perry is co-sponsor of the bill.

Other sheriffs warn the bill could make their jobs harder if immigrant communities - including crime victims and witnesses - fear the police.


The woman's mother initially reported her missing about 2 a.m. and called police about 4 a.m.to report cries from a shed behind Dunn's house, police said.


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