Tribpedia: Sanctuary Cities

The term "sanctuary city" has no legal meaning, but it's become a rallying cry for many with concerns about illegal immigration.

It generally refers to municipalities that have established policies prohibiting police officers from enforcing immigration laws or cooperating with federal immigration officials.

Texas law states that police officers generally cannot arrest people without probable cause of a crime ...

The floor of the state Capitol is packed with protesters opposed to Senate Bill 4, the "sanctuary cities" bill, on May 29, 2017. 
<p>The floor of the state Capitol is packed with protesters opposed to Senate Bill 4, the "sanctuary cities" bill, on May 29, 2017.&nbsp;</p>

Houston votes to join other Texas cities in lawsuit over new immigration law, Senate Bill 4

The Houston City Council voted 10–6 Wednesday morning to join a growing lawsuit against Senate Bill 4, an immigration enforcement law that allows peace officers to question the immigration status of people they legally detain.

Protesters opposed to Senate Bill 4, the "sanctuary cities" bill, turn out in force for the last day of the session, on May 29, 2017.
<p>Protesters opposed to Senate Bill 4, the "sanctuary cities" bill, turn out in force for the last day of the session, on May 29, 2017.</p>

Democrats want more Texas communities to join suit against immigration law

Several local governments have signed on to a lawsuit that seeks to stop Senate Bill 4, the state's new immigration law, from going into effect. But some opponents of the bill want more communities to join in.

Massive protest engulfs the Capitol Rotunda as anti-SB4 protesters rally on May 29, 2017. &nbsp;It's the last day of the 85th Legislative session on Memorial Day.&nbsp;
<p>Massive protest engulfs the Capitol Rotunda as anti-SB4 protesters rally on May 29, 2017. &nbsp;It's the last day of the 85th Legislative session on Memorial Day.&nbsp;</p>

Lawyers convention leaves Texas over state's new immigration law

The American Immigration Lawyers Association is relocating its 2018 convention from Texas due to the state's new immigration law. About 3,000 people were expected to attend the event.

Following a "sanctuary cities" ban protest in the gallery, lawmakers tussle on the House floor on May 29, 2017 &mdash; the last day of the 85th regular legislative session.&nbsp;
<p>Following a "sanctuary cities" ban protest in the gallery, lawmakers tussle on the House floor on May 29, 2017 &mdash; the last day of the 85th regular legislative session.&nbsp;</p>

Analysis: Legislators show that men will be boys — if you let them

It’s hard to imagine a female Legislature devolving into a parking lot rumble like the one that embarrassed Texas nationally this week. The ruckus in the House punctuated what many lawmakers have called a notably ugly session.

State Rep. Matt Rinaldi, R-Irving, on the floor of the House after a scuffle with some members of the Hispanic Caucus on the last day of the 85th Legislature, on May 29, 2017.
<p>State Rep. Matt Rinaldi, R-<span>Irving, on the floor of the House after a scuffle with some members of the Hispanic Caucus on the last day of the 85th Legislature, on May 29, 2017.</span></p>

Even before House scuffle, Rinaldi's seat was a high 2018 target for Democrats

State Rep. Matt Rinaldi, who drew national attention as part of an incident on the Texas House floor in which he said he reported protesters to ICE, represents one of 10 Republican-held House districts that Hillary Clinton won last year.

Monserrat Garibay of Education Austin speaks in front of the Texas Governor's Mansion on May 8, 2017, after Gov. Greg Abbott signed Senate Bill 4, known as the "sanctuary cities" bill, the night before.
<p>Monserrat Garibay of Education Austin speaks in front of the Texas Governor's Mansion on May 8, 2017, after Gov. Greg Abbott signed Senate Bill 4, known as the "sanctuary cities" bill, the night before.</p>

El Paso County files lawsuit seeking to halt Texas "sanctuary" law

A lawsuit in federal court charges that Senate Bill 4, if enacted, would violate several provisions of the U.S. Constitution.

Protesters against Senate Bill 4, known as the "sanctuary cities" bill, hold a noon rally at the Texas Capitol on May 16, 2017.&nbsp;Organizers say they're planning a "summer of resistance" against the measure. &nbsp;&nbsp;
<p>Protesters against Senate Bill 4, known as the "sanctuary cities" bill, hold a noon rally at the Texas Capitol on May 16, 2017.&nbsp;Organizers say they're planning a "summer of resistance" against the measure. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p>

List of local governments planning to fight Texas over "sanctuary" bill growing

Leaders from El Paso County and the cities of Dallas and Austin plan to move forward with resolutions or litigation against Senate Bill 4, the state's controversial immigration law, as soon as this week, according to local officials.

House Speaker Joe Straus and Lt. Governor Dan Patrick at a Texas Legislative Budget Board meeting on December 1, 2016.
House Speaker Joe Straus and Lt. Governor Dan Patrick at a Texas Legislative Budget Board meeting on December 1, 2016.

Analysis: The eyes of Texas reveal a legislative opening for social conservatives

In a legislative process where so many issues die quietly in committees and parliamentary actions, making politicians attach their names to their positions can be a powerful thing. The "sanctuary cities" bill tested that theory. 

Art Acevedo, chief of the Houston Police Department, speaking on the Race and Policing in Texas panel at A Symposium on Race and Public Policy on Jan 14, 2017.
Art Acevedo, chief of the Houston Police Department, speaking on the Race and Policing in Texas panel at A Symposium on Race and Public Policy on Jan 14, 2017.

Houston Police Chief ready to reluctantly enforce "sanctuary" law

Once Senate Bill 4 goes into effect on Sept. 1, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said he's prepared to lead a police force that allows officers to inquire about the immigration status of people they detain.

Crowds gathered inside the Texas Capitol when SB 4, the sanctuary cities bill, was considered in the Senate State Affairs Committee on Feb. 2, 2017
<p>Crowds gathered inside the Texas Capitol when SB 4, the sanctuary cities bill, was considered in the Senate State Affairs Committee on Feb. 2, 2017</p>

Border city, county sue Texas over "sanctuary" law

Border town El Cenizo and Maverick County have sued the state of Texas over Senate Bill 4, claiming constitutional violations.

U.S. Congressman Lloyd Doggett of Austin speaks at a protest in front of the Texas Governor's Mansion Monday May 8, 2017 after Gov. Greg Abbott did a private signing of SB 4 the sanctuary cities bill on Sunday. &nbsp;
<p>U.S. Congressman Lloyd Doggett of Austin speaks at a protest in front of the Texas Governor's Mansion Monday May 8, 2017 after Gov. Greg Abbott did a private signing of SB 4 the sanctuary cities bill on Sunday. &nbsp;</p>

ACLU issues Texas “Travel Advisory” after governor signs “sanctuary" bill

One of the country’s largest civil rights groups is cautioning against traveling to Texas after Gov. Greg Abbott signed what critics have called an extreme state-based immigration bill.

Monserrat Garibay of Education Austin speaks in front of the Texas Governor's Mansion on May 8, 2017, after Gov. Greg Abbott signed Senate Bill 4, known as the "sanctuary cities" bill, the night before.
<p>Monserrat Garibay of Education Austin speaks in front of the Texas Governor's Mansion on May 8, 2017, after Gov. Greg Abbott signed Senate Bill 4, known as the "sanctuary cities" bill, the night before.</p>

5 things you need to know about Texas' "sanctuary cities" ban

Gov. Greg Abbott has signed a ban on "sanctuary cities" into law. Here's what you need to know about what the provisions entail and how it will affect Texans.

Protesters block the doors to the State Insurance Building, on the Capitol grounds in Austin, in protest of Senate Bill 4 &mdash; known as the "sanctuary cities" bill &mdash; on Monday, May 1, 2017.
<p>Protesters block the doors to the State Insurance Building, on the Capitol grounds in Austin, in protest of Senate Bill 4 &mdash; known as the "sanctuary cities" bill &mdash; on Monday, May 1, 2017.</p>

"Sanctuary cities" bill clears latest hurdle, heads to Abbott for signature

The Texas Senate on Wednesday voted to send to Gov. Greg Abbott a bill that would ban "sanctuary" jurisdictions in Texas and allow police to inquire about the immigration status of people they lawfully detain.