Wednesday, February 16, 2011

'Sanctuary City' bill filed

Posted By on Wed, Feb 16, 2011 at 2:46 PM

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A little more than a month after Gov. Rick Perry announced the state’s “sanctuary cities” emergency, lawmakers in Austin finally have a bill to chew on.

Rep. Burt Solomons, R-Carrollton, filed a bill Wednesday morning that would prohibit local law enforcement from turning the other way when faced with federal immigration violations.

With the “sanctuary cities” issue given "emergency" status, Perry essentially fast-tracked any related legislation, meaning lawmakers could start dealing with the bill ASAP instead of waiting the standard 60 days for consideration.

The proposed bill would keep local governments from adopting any ordinance that would prohibit officers from enforcing immigration violations. And while Perry has said he wouldn't support any type of Arizona-style legislation that would require police to check citizenship, his office has repeatedly said the governor doesn’t want anything that prohibits police from checking, saying such measures tie the hands of law enforcement.

Under Solomons' bill, a local government that implements any sort of  “sanctuary city” policy can’t cash in on state grants. The bill also has a clause that allows the state attorney general’s office to force local departments to enforce federal law – given the context, it’s likely Solomons is alluding to immigration violations.

Go here to view the bill.

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