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May 30 2017, 07:21 | Irvin Gilbert
Still, Texas' evident desire for local police to do immigration enforcement on the beat will send a message, the state's police chiefs say.
Midland County Sheriff Gary Painter said that the statewide sheriff's association isn't taking a stand on the issue. Six years ago the bill came to light, however Democrats were fiercely opposed to the measure stating it could make law enforcement jobs harder with immigrant communities.
"Banning sanctuary cities is about stopping officials who have sworn to enforce the law from helping people who commit awful crimes evade immigration detainers", stated Texas State Senator Charles Perry. In his city, the number of crimes reported by Hispanics decreased within the first three months of 2017, which Acevedo partly attributed to increased fears of deportation.
The House on Thursday also officially approved Senate Bill 21, which outlines the duties and limitations of Texas delegates at a national convention. It would also force local law enforcement to hold any noncitizen the feds ask them to until an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent shows up. But it does allow Texas police to inquire whether a person is in the country legally, even if they're not under arrest.
Lubbock ISD said the immigration test is purely memorization, while the testing method they have in place challenges students to use critical thinking skills. Sylvia Garcia, a Democrat from Houston. "They have stated as clearly as they can that they're willing to target innocent children, break up families, encourage constitutional violations like racial profiling, and endanger Texas communities exclusively to make immigrants feel unwelcome in Texas".
They're anxious concerns over being deported will prevent victims from reporting crimes and stop witnesses from coming forward with information about crimes. In March, Houston police chief Art Acevedo released statistics showing that reports of rapes from Hispanics have dropped 43 percent compared with the same time past year, compared with an 8.2 percent increase in non-Hispanic victims reporting rapes.
Senate Bill 4passed the House on a party-line vote, with Republican members casting 93 votes in favor and Democratic members casting 54 votes in opposition.
SB 4 has been one of the most contentious proposals this session. She said she might like an amendment securing the rights of LGBT Americans. "We will let the court systems figure this out". The bill's author, former teacher and New Boston ISD Superintendent Representative Gary VanDeaver (R-New Boston), says teachers should have the freedom to teach instead of having to teach to a test. VanDeaver also says children shouldn't have that type of pressure.
"What do you tell all those good folks about the unfunded mandate that we did last week?". "I know families that are preparing for the worst under your legislation".
Perry maintains it simply re-enforces the rule of law, which his Republican colleagues agree with.
"Can our students analyze them, can they identify the historical context of these stimuli", Rodela said. "And I felt it was a racial profiling stop", Starr said.
Plaintive cries could be heard from both chambers as deadlines for passing bills began approaching, as literally hundreds of House and Senate bills - some important, some not - began dying because they had not been assigned to a committee, or they had not received a public hearing or they had not been approved by a committee.
Abbott then tweeted: "I'm getting my signing pen warmed up".