Texas House Approves Sanctuary Cities Ban

(Austin) Today, the Texas House of Representatives approved legislation that prohibits sanctuary city policies in Texas. Senate Bill 4 ensures federal immigration laws that are already on the books are followed and enforced by prohibiting local entities from adopting sanctuary city policies which threaten public safety.

"The purpose of this legislation is to protect Texans from criminals who are here illegally. We are trying to make sure those bad actors are detained until we can determine their status. " said Chairman Charlie Geren. "This bill will not affect law abiding citizens, only those that are in trouble with the police."

This legislation comes after governmental entities in Texas have adopted “sanctuary city” policies that purposefully hinder or prohibit local law enforcement cooperation with U.S. Immigration and Customs and prohibit officers from inquiring about a person’s immigration status.

“House Republicans have proven time and time again that we are committed to protecting the rule of law and keeping our communities safe,” said Chairman Tan Parker. “We will continue to work tirelessly to pass legislation that ensures the safety of Texans, such as Senate Bill 4.”

The Texas House Republican Caucus is comprised of all Republican Members serving in the Texas House of Representatives.  The purpose of the Caucus is to provide research, education, policy development and other support to the Caucus Members and their staff. The Texas House Republican Caucus works to promote limited government, fiscal responsibility and personal liberty to continue cultivating economic growth for all Texans.