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Texas Senate Passes Legislation to End Sanctuary Cities and Counties

February 8, 2017

AUSTIN – The Texas Senate passed Senate Bill 4 today, aimed at ending sanctuary cities and counties across Texas. The bill prohibits local entities from implementing policies that undermine or interfere with the enforcement of state and federal immigration laws. The bill passed by 20-11 on a straight party line vote in the Texas Senate.

Senator Charles Perry (R-Lubbock) introduced the bill on the floor today in response to local officials refusing to cooperate with federal law enforcement agencies when it comes to criminal illegal aliens. This bill comes at a critical time as the Texas Department of Public Safety reports over 212,000 criminal aliens booked into local Texas jails between June 1, 2011 and January 31, 2017. These criminal aliens were charged with more than 566,000 criminal offenses including charges of homicide, assault, burglary and kidnaping.

“I am proud to pass legislation that upholds the rule of law and protects Texans,” declared Senator Perry. “The safety of our communities relies on law enforcement agencies working together at the local, state and federal levels. Those promoting sanctuary cities and failing to cooperate with other agencies are in effect evading their first duty to protect and serve the citizens of Texas,” he added.

Senator Perry was ably assisted in the floor debate by State Affairs Chair Joan Huffman, Vice Chair Bryan Hughes, Chair Jane Nelson, Chair Brian Birdwell, Republican Caucus Vice Chair Brandon Creighton, and Senator Dawn Buckingham and with the unanimous vote of all 20 members of the Senate Republican Caucus.

“The Senate Republican Caucus salutes the leadership of Lt. Governor Dan Patrick for making Senate Bill 4, ending sanctuary cities in Texas, a priority early in the legislative process,” said Caucus Vice Chair Brandon Creighton.

“The Senate has acted to ensure elected officials honor the oaths they swore to their citizens,” stated Senate Republican Caucus Chairman Paul Bettencourt. “Sanctuary counties undermine the rule of law and jeopardize the safety of all Texans. Elected or appointed officials should not make this bad public policy decision, period,” he added.

Senate Bill 4 will now go to the Texas House of Representatives for first reading. The bill as amended now carries civil penalties for non compliant jurisdictions and allows a county district attorney to review whether a Class A Misdemeanor should be filed on the elected or appointed official who intentionally or knowingly violates Senate Bill 4.

 

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I have a special religious liberty message for the Easter Weekend. I am proud of all my 19 Republican Collegues that voted to provide Texas license holders some protection for deeply help religious beliefs.

We were joined by Senator Lucio (D-Brownsville) as well because this common sense law is supported by the vast majority of Texans. Discrimination should not apply to any person in Texas in the 21st Century!

Speaking in favor, elegantly, is Senate Bill 17 author, Senator Perry (R-Lubbock) as well as Senators Paxton (R-McKinney) and Hancock (R-North Richland Hills). Listen to them now and read more about the bill here: capitol.texas.gov/tlodocs/86R/billtext/html/SB00017E.htm

Chair Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston)
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Good idea. Wish you folks felt as strongly about the 2nd Amendment. But the caucus is clueless and stupid when it comes to representing those that elected you. Caring only about business special interests.

The Texas Senate Republican Caucus held a joint press conference with U.S. Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz and Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick on Caucus Chair, Paul Bettencourt’s, Senate Resolution 535 that declared the Crisis at the Texas-Mexico International Border an Emergency.

Senator Bettencourt (R-Houston) remarked, “The Texas Senate recognizes the obvious, the obvious is that there is a crisis on the border.” Senator Cornyn (R-TX), commented on the rising interdictions, “When it hits 200,000 will that be enough to acknowledge the obvious?” Senator Cruz (R-TX) pointed out that, “In six months we have seen nearly as many people apprehended in all of the preceding year.” Lieutenant Governor Patrick (R-TX) stated, “Since 2011 we have documentation of 1,761 dead migrants that we have recovered in Texas, many in Brooks County.”

State Senator Joan Huffman (R-Houston), stated, “35,000 unaccompanied children, vulnerable to the sex trade, arrived in the last year.” State Senator Donna Campbell (R-New Braunfels), commented, “Over 100,000 migrants crossed our border illegally just last month, that is a crisis.” State Senator Pete Flores (R-Pleasanton) added, “We and our constituents are at our wits end. The border today is not the border of my youth.”

When asked what the difference was between Democrats and Republicans on this issue, Chairman Bettencourt responded, "That we voted for the Resolution and we took a stand on the crisis at the border."

Read the full resolution here: bit.ly/2PhXaWz
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Where’s Abbott at

Yes sir way way too much ch talking

I look at the border wall as Black Friday as entering the store for good deals....... rush in before they are gone........ e.g. social security, health benefits........only difference is ONES FREE THE OTHER NOT!!

Good grief. Use a brain cell or two. Stopping immigration is not the purpose of a wall. It is to make people use the gate so the immigration can be controlled and LEGAL

Maybe a little less talk and a lot more action is in order? Time to put a stop to illegal entry into the United States!

It’s been a crisis since 1968

So they just now recognise there is a crisis? Most people saw this coming months ago and knew something needed to be done then. I guess better late than never.

Proud of Texas and NM people for trying to stop the invasion of illegals!

Call out the NATIONAL GUARD. Or let the MILITA tack charge

Save lives on both sides of the border. Build the wall protect us all.

BUILD THE WALL!!!!!

Love to see Made in America again!!!

Didn’t see anything in the Houston Chronicle about this. The media is pathetic, a million people could come across in a day and they would not report.

Let’s face it !! No body is listening to the people who pay taxes and vote,! Politicians are out for themselves to be millionaires!!😡😡(Ronnie )

Oh please !! A wall will do nothing to stop migration!!

Then do something . MASS DEPORTATION

Closed the border and build the wall now

About dam time !!!

I remember years ago calling John Cornyn’s office to let him know he would never get my vote again and guess what it was over? The border wall and he would not vote for it. These jokers think the American public forgets over the years so they keep on getting elected.

Question: if the Empress and her cohorts don't care whether a pre-born or surviving aborted child lives or dies, why would they care about illegal border crossers?

having their little convention to figure how they are going to screw the people more

Cornyn, you haven’t done jack about this problem except stand behind individual Mitch McConald in congress at photo ops.

Cornyn, you haven’t done jack about this problem except stand behind individual Mitch McConald in congress at photo ops.

Get with plan John Cornyn

Cronyn probably dealing with Drug Cartel all about Money 😡

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