Bill to ban sanctuary cities still under debate


Supporters of the sanctuary cities ban, which Gov. Greg Abbott declared a legislative emergency in January, say local law enforcement agencies should enforce federal immigration laws. They worry that unauthorized immigrants who are released from jail instead of being turned over to immigration officials could go on to commit more serious crimes.

But local officials and others who oppose the ban say the measure would erode trust in law enforcement officials in immigrant communities, making their cities and counties less safe.

The House State Affairs Committee on Wednesday considered a change to the Committee Substitute for Senate Bill 4, which passed the Texas Senate last month, so that it would only apply to immigrants who are arrested, not detained.

The Associated Press reports that the proposed changes to CSSB 4 aren’t satisfying critics.

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