Abbott, Cornyn comment on passage of Health Care Bill

Remigio Civitarese
Mag 12, 2017

Gathered in front of the Bexar County Courthouse on Friday, a group of state and local government leaders and heads of law enforcement agencies rallied in hopes that Gov. Greg Abbott would veto a controversial bill against so-called "sanctuary cities". "I'm getting my signing pen warmed up", he posted on Twitter.

That was far from the only drama this week under the Pink Dome. James Huffines and Royce West, both from Dallas, tussled verbally over a bill regarding the Dallas County school district that became personal and, at the end, drew an apology - before the legislation passed. He held signs and chanted in protest to the bill.

Abbott's approval of the bill comes several months after President Donald Trump signed an executive order in January, seeking to bar federal dollars from going to cities that enact "sanctuary" policies.

The R Street Institute welcomes today's passage by the Texas House of Representatives of H.B.

The issue of Chinese steel imports brought fervent debate, as well.

The vote fell along party lines, but not before Democrats made one last attempt to stop it.

"Our state's law enforcement officials repeatedly testified that SB 4 will interfere with their work by eroding the hard-earned trust they rely on to investigate crime".

After hours of sometimes outlandish debate in February, the Texas Senate agreed to make it a felony punishable by up to two years in jail for convention attendees to support "unauthorized" constitutional modifications, or any change not previously agreed to by the Legislature.

"I believe that it's a bill that looks for a solution to a problem that's non-existent", said Democratic Commissioner David Stout.

And the chiefs are spot on as well in what this legislation represents: "political pandering that will make our communities more unsafe".

Grant police officers the authority to question a detained person's immigration status, even during a minor offense.

Police and sheriff's departments in Texas are decrying an immigration bill passed by the state legislature, saying it will drive a wedge between law enforcement and immigrant communities. It would also prohibit local governments from adopting or enforcing local bathroom regulations.

The Texas House approved a resolution Thursday calling for a first-ever national convention of the states aimed at limiting the federal government's powers. "Local law enforcement should not be mandated to enforce federal immigration laws. Some of them are like, 'It's a great law, '" Perry said.

"You come to us and you say you don't want federal overreach, but that's what happened", Gutierrez said.

However, Rep. Gene Wu, D-Houston, called SB 4 "a solution in search of a problem" and said that the legislation not only requires the detention of criminals, it would "target children, victims of crimes, and even immigrants who served in our armed forces". This occurs though the bill's supporters are hard pressed to name a Texas city that is truly a "sanctuary".

President Donald Trump made cracking down on illegal immigration a cornerstone of his campaign and signed an executive order earlier this year to withhold federal funds from cities that refuse to cooperate with USA immigration officials.

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