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 ...

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

Protesters block the doors to the State Insurance Building, on the Capitol grounds in Austin, in protest of Senate Bill 4 — known as the "sanctuary cities" bill — 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>

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.

State Rep. Charlie Geren, R-Ft. Worth, at the beginning of floor debate on Senate Bill 4 &mdash; the "sanctuary cities" bill &mdash; on April 26, 2017.
<p>State Rep. Charlie Geren, R-Ft. Worth, at the beginning of floor debate on Senate Bill 4 &mdash; the "sanctuary cities" bill &mdash; on April 26, 2017.</p>

Analysis: Texas Legislature flushing sanctuaries, from cities to bathrooms

Texas legislators — along with everyone watching them — expected to lock horns over transgender Texans and the bathroom bill. But the raw debate over sanctuary cities legislation could be the hallmark of this 85th Legislature.

Opponents of Senate Bill 4 &mdash; which would&nbsp;outlaw &ldquo;sanctuary&rdquo; jurisdictions in Texas&nbsp;&mdash; stage a protest at the State Insurance Building in Austin on May 1, 2017.
<p>Opponents of Senate Bill 4 &mdash; which would&nbsp;outlaw &ldquo;sanctuary&rdquo; jurisdictions in Texas&nbsp;&mdash; stage a protest at the State Insurance Building in Austin on May 1, 2017.</p>

Protesters on Texas Capitol grounds charged with trespassing

At least two dozen protesters on the grounds of the Texas Capitol on Monday evening were charged with misdemeanor trespassing, the culmination of a day-long sit-in to protest the "sanctuary" jurisdictions bill moving through the Legislature.

State Rep. Rafael Anchia, D-Dallas, leads a coalition of Hispanic and African-American groups in a gathering on the South Steps March 21, 2017. &nbsp;Anchia was voicing opposition to school voucher bills winding their way through the legislature with committee hearings scheduled Tuesday.&nbsp;
<p>State Rep. Rafael Anchia, D-Dallas, leads a coalition of Hispanic and African-American groups in a gathering on the South Steps March 21, 2017. &nbsp;Anchia was voicing opposition to school voucher bills winding their way through the legislature with committee hearings scheduled Tuesday.&nbsp;</p>

Railroad Commission bill could revive debate on bathrooms, immigration

House Republicans will look to force a vote on the regulations in the Senate’s “bathroom bill.” And a Democratic lawmaker has an amendment aimed at forcing the business community to take sides in the sanctuary cities debate. 

Austin Mayor Steve Adler testifies during a House committee hearing over a bill that would pre-empt local regulations on ride-hailing companies on March 16, 2017.
<p>Austin Mayor Steve Adler testifies during a House committee hearing over a bill that would pre-empt local regulations on ride-hailing companies on March 16, 2017.</p>

Austin mayor to meet with DHS secretary amid "sanctuary" debate

Austin Mayor Steve Adler is set to meet Wednesday with U.S. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly as the debate over "sanctuary cities" continues to ripple across Texas. 

State Rep. Byron Cook, R-Corsicana, listens to the first round of testimony of hundreds signed up against SB 4 the sanctuary cities bill on March 15, 2017.
State Rep. Byron Cook, R-Corsicana, listens to the first round of testimony of hundreds signed up against SB 4 the sanctuary cities bill on March 15, 2017.

Key chairman says House will take its time on "sanctuary" legislation

A day after hearing from peace officers largely opposed to the state's current proposal to outlaw "sanctuary cities," the chairman of the House committee that controls the proposal's future said he'd like to see some significant changes.

Critics of Senate Bill 4, a bill banning sanctuary cities, protest at the Texas Capitol as the bill is scheduled to be debated before the Senate State Affairs committee on Feb. 2, 2017.
Critics of Senate Bill 4, a bill banning sanctuary cities, protest at the Texas Capitol as the bill is scheduled to be debated before the Senate State Affairs committee on Feb. 2, 2017.

Watch as Texas House committee debates anti-"sanctuary" bill

The Texas House State Affairs Committee is set to debate a bill that would gut funding from local and state entities that don’t enforce immigration laws.

GOP presidential hopeful Donald Trump rallied supporters at Gilley's in Dallas on June 16, 2016.
GOP presidential hopeful Donald Trump rallied supporters at Gilley's in Dallas on June 16, 2016.

Trump administration directs Border Patrol, ICE to expand deportations

The Trump administration on Tuesday moved one step closer to implementing the president’s plans to aggressively rid the country of undocumented immigrants and expand local police-based enforcement of border security operations.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton testifies how his faith is getting him through his recent legal woes during a speech to a gathering at the Republican Party of Texas gathering in Dallas May 14, 2016.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton testifies how his faith is getting him through his recent legal woes during a speech to a gathering at the Republican Party of Texas gathering in Dallas May 14, 2016.

Is an ICE detainer legal? Texas AG and immigration attorneys disagree

After Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton insisted in a letter last week that Texas' anti-"sanctuary cities" bill would survive a legal challenge, immigration attorneys are trying to convince members of the Legislature that he's wrong.