State House OKs ‘sanc­tu­ary city’ ban with tough penalty

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AUSTIN | The Republican-con­trolled Texas House ap­proved a strict ban on “sanc­tu­ary cities” early Thurs­day, em­pow­er­ing lo­cal law en­force­ment to en­force fed­eral im­mi­gra­tion law against any­one they de­tain and threat­en­ing po­lice chiefs and sher­iffs who refuse to do so with jail.

The vote came just be­fore 3 a.m. and fol­lowed 15-plus hours of heated, some­times tear­ful de­bate, much of it from out­num­bered Democrats.

The bill would al­low Texas to with­hold fund­ing from county and lo­cal gov­ern­ments for act­ing as sanc­tu­ary cities.

Other Republican-led states have pushed for sim­i­lar po­lices, but Texas would be the first in which po­lice chiefs and other of­fi­cials could face a mis­de­meanor crim­i­nal charge of of­fi­cial mis­con­duct and be re­moved from of­fice for not help­ing en­force im­mi­gra­tion law.

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