Texas House Passes Strong Anti-Sanctuary Jurisdictions Bill

Democrats have been caterwauling about Texas making this push for quite some time, throwing out the word racist, going on hunger strikes for a few short days, and just creating their normal mayhem as they attempt to defend law breakers and invaders. But, this is Texas

(The Texas Tribune) After more than 16 hours of debate, the Texas House of Representatives early Thursday morning tentatively gave a nod to the latest version of a Senate bill that would ban “sanctuary” jurisdictions in Texas.

The 93-54 vote fell along party lines and came after one of the slowest moving but most emotional legislative days at the state Capitol. (snip)

Members voted on the bill after adding back a controversial provision that extends the scope of the bill and allows local peace officers to question the immigration status of people they legally detain. The original House version of the bill only allowed officers to inquire about status during a lawful arrest. (snip)

The bill keeps a provision that makes sheriffs, constables and police chiefs subject to a Class A misdemeanor for failing to cooperate with federal authorities and honor requests from immigration agents to hold noncitizen inmates subject to removal. It also keeps civil penalties for entities in violation of the provision that begin at $1,000 for a first offense and swell to as high as $25,500 for each subsequent infraction.”

This is probably the strongest anti-sanctuary jurisdiction bill in the country. Many Republican controlled states are pushing ones which would strip some funding from cities and counties which protect illegal aliens. Some, like the one in North Carolina, will not be enacted, due to having a Democratic Party governor.

Before debate on actual policy started, Democrats tried their best to tug at Republican heartstrings in hopes of diluting what they labeled an “intentionally” racist proposal.

State Rep. Ana Hernandez, D-Houston, recounted through tears how she was undocumented for years after her visa expired when she was growing up.

She was followed by state Rep. Victoria Neave, D-Dallas, who’s been fasting in protest of the bill since she last attended church on Sunday. She said she’s received hate mail telling her to “die” and “starve.”

Get the Whaaaa-bulance. Why is it that Democrats are taking the sides of people who are here in violation of the law, and many who commit more violations of the law which often harm U.S. citizens and legal residents? Hernandez and Neave and the rest should resign, as they are failing to uphold their oaths of office to follow the law and Constitutions of the US and Texas.

Either way, Democrats said they intend to keep fighting. During his floor speech, the usually mild-mannered Rep. Eddie Lucio III, D-Brownsville, warned Republicans: “Do not mess with us today.”

They’ll keep fighting for law breakers. What’s in it for Democrats? That’s the question. And the answer is more voters. Think they actually care about illegals? Of course not.

The House version has a provision that forces college campus administrators to comply with the bill, which Democrats have argued could get college students deported for relatively minor offenses such as being a minor in possession of alcohol.

We shouldn’t have people unlawfully present in the United States attending college on the legal taxpayer’s money to start with.

The changes to the bill are enough that it will have to go to conference with the Texas Senate before going to Governor Abbott’s desk, where his is sure to sign it.

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22 Responses to “Texas House Passes Strong Anti-Sanctuary Jurisdictions Bill”

  1. Hanover says:

    Someone needs to make a stand for the rule of law. Despite efforts to circumvent it or label the love of country as something other than what it is; patriotism.

  2. drowningpuppies says:

    Don’t Mess With Texas!

  3. Jeffery says:

    many who commit more violations of the law which often harm U.S. citizens and legal residents?

    Can you support this claim, mealy-mouthed as it is?

    What’s in it for Democrats?

    Human decency, a concept as foreign to the New Conservative movement as is their view of non-whites. What’s the value of deporting law-abiding families who have lived here for 20 years? Bloodlust? Racism? Xenophobia? White Supremacy? Take your pick.

    We think it is White Supremacy. Undereducated white Americans perceive they’ve been under assault the past several decades as women, Blacks, Hispanics, Muslims and LGBT Americans have made economic and social gains into the white christian male dominance of American culture. The model of white rural uneducated men making a good living in this society has been disintegrating over the decades from genuine assaults by means of regressive tax policies, union busting, trade policies that put workers in direct competition with low wage foreign entities, etc. Always, Always and Always when a dominant culture sees the “other” making progress, it is perceived as an assault or discrimination against the oppressors. trump came at the perfect time to harness the fears and resentments toward foreigners, Blacks, gays, women etc

  4. drowningpuppies says:

    Human decency

    That’s rich coming from the little guy.

  5. Hank_M says:

    “We think it is White Supremacy”

    Wrong as usual. It’s about nothing more than rule of law.

  6. Hanover says:

    You don’t fix what’s not broken & there’s nothing wrong with our existing immigration laws. If illegal immigrants want to keep their families together they can all return to their home countries. Yes, that’s right. They have home countries where they belong. There’s nothing keeping any of them here. They don’t belong here. They are illegal immigrants. Every country has immigration laws. Every. Single. One.

  7. Jeffery says:

    Hank M: It’s about nothing more than rule of law.

    That excuse rings hollow.

    Our justice system, including law enforcement, exhibits discretion daily – including jaywalking, littering, speeding, vehicular noise, etc

    If you’re concerned only about federal law look no further than pot-smoking or tax cheating or … http://volokh.com/posts/1248668478.shtml

    The New Conservative movement is out to “get” unlawfully present immigrants for reasons that are hard to explain. Why spend billions tracking down Mexicans yet ignore tax cheats and pot smokers and illegal dumping of toxic wastes etc?

    • Hank_M says:

      Wrong Jeffrey.
      I have to abide by the laws or pay the price.
      I see no reason why others don’t have to also.

      • Jeffery says:

        Have you ever driven through radar at 5 mph over the limit? If so, you’re being unlawful. Did you get stopped every time?

        • Hank_M says:

          Quite a few years ago I was stopped for speeding. Got a rather large ticket and payed the price including increased insurance costs for a while. Learned my lesson.
          We have laws and if we violate them, we pay the price.

          Why should some people be exempt from obeying the laws we have?

  8. Jeffery says:

    Hank_M says:
    God you are so useless. All of you.

    We understand your frustration. But why not just honestly admit that you’re afraid of being overrun by another culture and you support selectively enforcing federal law to get rid of the perceived threat?

    There has to be a reason you support enforcing immigration laws but not other federal law.

    • Hank_M says:

      Jeffrey, my comment on Z being useless has to do with his “debating” style, nothing more.

    • Hanover says:

      So then, you support population replacement because our American culture as is, doesn’t warrant value & our history is unimportant. Normal immigration is one thing, allowing lawless crossing of the border by peasants & scum from every rainbow place south of the border, who don’t share our values; isn’t acceptable. Your rationale is flawed & we all know that the Democrats want more votes & only support illegal immigration because it adds to their Dem Plantation politics abomination.

      • Jeffery says:


        The argument is about whether to track down unlawfully present immigrants already here (est. 12 million or so), many for decades, many with citizen children.

        You seem to think yes, I think no.

        The problem with the “it’s the law” argument is that just as Mr. Reagan did, we can change our laws.

        Should we prohibit new immigrants from illegally entering the US? Yes. But that is a different issue than how best to address the 12 million or so already here.

  9. Hanover says:

    Thanks, Hank_M. Rest assured that’s exactly how I pegged you too! Except I’ll append the description of “amateur” to it. I don’t know (or care) what you are but that’s not how you respond to a Leftist/bleeding heart nobody. Learn more.

    • Hank_M says:

      Hanover, you wrote that because I called Z useless?
      Since you suggested I learn more, how would you have me respond?

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