Ahead of Session, "Sanctuary Cities" Debate Renews

As state lawmakers began pre-filing bills Monday, opponents of state-based immigration legislation said that a U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding a tenet of a controversial Arizona law would not automatically pave the way for Texas’ "sanctuary cities" bill to pass.

The bill, which Gov. Rick Perry twice placed on his list of emergency items in 2011, would have denied state funds to local or state entities that prevented their law enforcement officers from inquiring into the immigration status of a person arrested or detained. It failed to pass both times.

In June, the high court ruled that a provision ...

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