Statesman by Jason Embry
Legislation to bar sanctuary cities in Texas is “all but dead,”according to a source close to negotiations at the Capitol.
Gov. Rick Perry, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and House speaker Joe Straus had agreed to put language in Senate Bill 1, a fiscal matters bill, that would financially penalize any Texas city that has a sanctuary city policy.
Sanctuary cities bar police from inquiring about the immigration status of the people they detain.
The language appears to be dead because Senate negotiators, led by Sen. Robert Duncan, R-Lubbock, don’t want it in Senate Bill 1, the source said. And with the special legislative session set to end Wednesday, supporters believe there is not realistically enough time left to pass the sanctuary cities ban using another legislative vehicle.
But another Capitol source said there was no firm agreement in place among state leaders to put the sanctuary cities measure in Senate Bill 1.
Some business lobbyists have also been working against the ban on sanctuary cities.