Protesters decrying Texas 'sanctuary city' bill stage sit

Protesters decrying Texas 'sanctuary city' bill stage sit

Protesters decrying Texas 'sanctuary city' bill stage sit

Last night, Republican Texas governor Greg Abbott said on Twitter that he was getting his pen warmed up to sign the bill into law.

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They were issued trespassing citations, and attorneys arriving to help them weren't allowed inside the building. Those who did not were told they'd either be cited or booked on site by a judge.

"The reason why we are even able to be here today is because of tremendous leadership in both the House and the Senate", Abbott said. In one exchange, State Rep. Roland Gutierrez (D-San Antonio) challenged one of the bill's leading advocates, State Rep. Rick Miller (R-Sugar Land), regarding the House's recent passage of the "Sanctuary Cities" bill. Speaking to fellow members of the state's house, Wu compared SB 4 to other racist policies in history that singled out immigrants. "Local law enforcement should not be mandated to enforce federal immigration laws". "This community, we are gonna rise up". SB 4 is the culmination of growing anti-immigrant sentiment that emerged fully in the last presidential campaign and has taken root in Texas.

Texas lawmakers approved a bill Wednesday that outlaws so-called "sanctuary cities" and jurisdictions in Texas and allows law enforcement to ask people about their immigration status of anyone they legally detain.

The morning began with a modest gathering at the south entrance of the Capitol. President Donald Trump moved aggressively to tighten the nation's immigration controls Wednesday, signing executive actions to jumpstart construction of his promised U.S. -Mexico border wall and cut federal grants for immigrant-protecting "sanctuary cities".

Cities, counties and colleges face heavy fees for resisting as well: $1,000 for a first offense and then civil penalties up to $25,500 for each violation.

The bill would ban cities, counties and universities from prohibiting local law enforcement officers from asking about a person's immigration status or enforcing immigration law.

The GOP-led Senate passed the bill Wednesday despite objections from Democrats, who call the bill a "show-me-your-papers" measure that will be used to discriminate against Latinos.

"Democrats were united in their opposition to the legislation because this felt like an attack on the diverse communities that we represent and that make Texas great", Wu wrote in the press release.

It's unclear what the final version of the bill will look like.

From the beginning, Governor Abbott has said this bill is a priority.

Abbott's office did not respond to a request for comment Monday.

The protesters spent hours rallying and chanting in English and Spanish.

"As of right now there have been about 9,500 total pieces of legislation introduced", Jim Henson with the Texas Politics Project said, "And that includes memorial resolutions and things like that". "Maybe they need to go find another job".

As Monday wore on, Herrera, a former undocumented immigrant who now holds legal residency status, said she knew she could eventually be arrested.

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