Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Contentious 'sanctuary cities' ban wins final legislative approval - Houston Chronicle

Contentious 'sanctuary cities' ban wins final legislative approval - Houston Chronicle: The Republican-backed 'sanctuary cities' ban cleared its final legislative hurdle Wednesday after the Senate voted to agree with the House's changes to the original bill, sending the controversial proposal to Gov. Greg Abbott for his signature.

The bill in question, Senate Bill 4, would grant sweeping new powers to police officers by allowing them to question a person's immigration status if they have been detained with reasonable suspicion. The legislation also would prohibit local jurisdictions from passing or enforcing ordinances that prohibit police officers from inquiring about a detained person's immigration status.

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