El Paso Times by Zahira Torres
AUSTIN -- Texas already denies driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants, but that practice could become law under a bill passed Thursday by the state Senate.
The measure was part of a larger border security bill that eased through the Senate on the condition that its author would not allow the Texas House to tack on provisions preventing local governments from creating policies that keep peace officers from questioning immigration status.
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Under the bill, law enforcement would also be required to check the immigration status of every person booked into Texas jails, using a federal immigration enforcement program called Secure Communities. El Paso County uses the program only for suspects arrested for more-serious crimes, not for Class C misdemeanor offenses that include traffic violations.