'Sanctuary Bill' to Reach Texas House Floor, Local Groups Continue Fight

But people across the state have protested SB 4, saying it will cause even more distrust between the police and the immigrant community.

A heated debate over banning so-called sanctuary city policies in the state is underway at the Texas Capitol, as House members voted to amend their bill to closely resemble the controversial legislation passed out of the Senate.

"If you don't do something to get arrested, or hang out with someone who does, this bill isn't going to affect you", said Geren, a Fort Worth Republican.

A bill passed unanimously Wednesday by the state Senate protects from prosecution victims of sexual assault who admit to underage drinking while they were being abused.

"One thing we really want to emphasize today is that Senate BiillBill 6 is a disgusting bill", explained Ali Lozano with Texas Freedom Network.

Andrea Martinez, right, and other students hand out hand-made signs and letters opposing SB4, an anti-"sanctuary cities" bill that already cleared the Texas Senate and seeks to jail sheriffs and other officials who refuse to help e.

The woman's mother initially reported her missing about 2 a.m. and called police about 4 a.m.to report cries from a shed behind Dunn's house, police said.

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The bill she is protesting, Senate Bill 4, would ban local rules that prevent authorities from enforcing immigration laws or asking about someone's immigration status. Alarmingly, the measure also gives law enforcement the power to demand to see the immigration status of anyone they detain-whether or not they are arrested or ever charged with a crime. While several Texas counties have loosened some immigration policies over the last two years, it is unclear whether any local government in Texas will be effected by the bill.

Neave, a Democrat who represents areas in Dallas, Mesquite and Garland, Texas, hasn't eaten since she received Holy Communion while attending Mass this past Sunday at Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe in Dallas.

As the daughter of an immigrant, Rep. Neave said fighting the bill is a personal and spiritual journey.

Dallas Rafael Anchia said that the bill will discourage Texas' Latino community from seeking help from or helping law enforcement in the state.

U.S. District Judge John deGravelles ruled Wednesday in Baton Rouge. The police tend to have a fair amount of latitude when it comes to prioritizing enforcement objectives on a day to day basis, but the overall guidance generally comes from City Hall, much the same as how the Justice Department takes their cues from the President.

"I feel scared, sad, confused, and angry along with all immigrant children tonight", said local Rep.

Abbott has made the issue one of his "emergency" items of the Texas legislative session, and Republicans have it on course to become state law regardless of what happens to Trump's federal order. More than 1,2000 immigrant families attended a local information session in the last few weeks, and teachers in her district have said that their students are anxious their parents will be deported.

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