Immigration-Related Bills Poised to Spark Debate

The commotion heard two years ago over immigration-related legislation in Texas has so far been dulled to a whisper during the current session, but a handful of bills are on track to potentially spark intense debate.

The measures include legislation that would mandate that local jails enforce federal immigration detainers, require companies with state contracts to use a federal employment verification system, and repeal the state’s policy that requires proof of legal residency for driver’s licenses.

State Rep. Roberto Alonzo, D-Dallas, the author of House Bill 3206, which would repeal the policy that requires applicants for new or renewed driver’s ...

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