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Sanctuary Cities Bill Filed For Special Session
The Texas Tribune ^ | May 31, 2011 | Julian Aguilar

Posted on 05/31/2011 2:26:26 PM PDT by TLI

A bill that seeks to ban “sanctuary cities” in Texas has been filed for the special session of the Legislature that began today.

State Rep. Burt Solomons, R-Carrollton, filed HB 9, a bill that would prohibit local entities from enacting policies that prohibits law enforcement from inquiring into the immigration status of a person lawfully detained or arrested.

Gov. Rick Perry called a special session of the legislature immediately after learning Monday that the Texas Senate would not pass a bill essential to balancing the 2012-2013 budget. His original proclamation did not include sanctuary cities legislation, which he designated as an emergency item during the regular session and was the only one in the category to not make it to his desk for a signature. But the governor is free to add what he wants as the session continues.

At a press conference today Perry’s aides would not confirm the governor would add the bill to the list of items to consider, but said it “remained a priority” for Perry.

The special session was called after state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, successfully filibustered a fiscal matters bill that included school finance formulas.

Davis said the funding would short-change public schools and said after Perry’s press conference she was supported by her fellow Democrats in her efforts to continue debating education funding. Those same Democrats successfully killed HB 12, Solomons’ original bill in the regular session, after voting against bringing the bill up for consideration. During a special session, however, different rules apply — a simple majority is needed to consider and pass bills, eliminating the Democrats' ability to prevent a bill from coming up for debate. Asked today if Democratic support of her filibuster would wane if Perry did in fact make the sanctuary cities bill a part of the summer session, she said the governor hinted he was going to do it anyway. Perry had indicated before the filibuster that he would likely call a special session to address the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association and, possibly, congressional redistricting.

“I have no doubt in my mind, for his political platform, he intended to bring sanctuary cities forward,” Davis said. “He’s using these politically charged partisan issues, which will help probably in his presidential desires, but he’s using them to play against what we are trying to do on behalf of the school children.”

Solomons’ office was not immediately available for comment. House bill 9 is very similar to the amended version of HB12 , but adds language that prohibits law enforcement from engaging in racial profiling. Entities that do not comply with the language in HB12 could risk losing state funds.

TOPICS: Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: aliens; bill; city; sanctuary; texas
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I can hear the wails and moans of communist agenda dems now
1 posted on 05/31/2011 2:26:34 PM PDT by TLI
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God Bless Texas!

2 posted on 05/31/2011 2:30:10 PM PDT by teletech (Say NO to RINOS!)
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The fact that there even has to be a law like this shows just how far this nation has slipped off the rails. God save the Republic!

3 posted on 05/31/2011 2:31:09 PM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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I hope this one is really stiff..this racial profiling crap needs to be outlawed.we know what countries these LA RAZAS are coming from. Houston just lost a FIFTH CONSECUTIVE COP KILLED BY LACK OF SANCTUARY CITY ENFORCEMENT.He was run over...pregnant wife and two young kids.

4 posted on 05/31/2011 2:35:02 PM PDT by magna carta
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To: magna carta

This is now in special session. Different rules.

The votes are now simple majority...


5 posted on 05/31/2011 2:37:55 PM PDT by TLI ( ITINERIS IMPENDEO VALHALLA)
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To: stevie_d_64

El Ping...

6 posted on 05/31/2011 2:44:45 PM PDT by TLI ( ITINERIS IMPENDEO VALHALLA)
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To: All
USSC DECISION E-Verify, The Epitaph Of Illegal Immigration
Flopping Aces ^ | 05-28-11 | Skookum
FR Posted on Sunday, May 29, 2011 PM by Starman417

EXCERPT The Supreme Court on Thursday, may have just written the epitaph for the Illegal Alien in the United States. Not so surprisingly, the justices voted straight down party lines for a 5-3 decision......In effect, the Supreme Court ruled, Arizona is within its rights to require employers to check the citizenship status of workers through a government data base.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce sued Arizona over the law, maintaining that immigration enforcement is a purview of the federal government. In 1986, a sweeping immigration law reform, removed the rights of states to enforce immigration law; except for one clause, that allows states to enforce immigration law in accordance with: “all licenses necessary to operate the business.”

Chief Justice Roberts wrote the main opinion for the court, which will leave the door open for states to end the illegal alien invasion: “We hold that Arizona’s licensing law falls well within the confines of the authority Congress chose to leave to the states and therefore is not expressly preempted.” “no basis in law, fact, or logic” for the argument that Arizona should be stopped from doing so in the name of federal “preemption” of state activity.

Other states are following Arizona's example and considering requiring all employers to enroll in the Homeland Security Department's voluntary E-Verify program, which compares employees' names and Social Security numbers with government data bases. Georgia has just recently enacted this type of law. A federal version of E-Verify will soon be introduced by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith, R-TX. more at


USSC DECISION FITS IN GREAT WITH THIS INITIATIVE Here's the way to proceed against illegals.

In 1996, Congress expanded the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) to include violations of federal immigration law.

1 While this expansion may not have received much publicity, it could potentially change the face of U.S. immigration law enforcement. Under the new RICO provisions, a violation of certain provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) meets the definition of racketeering activity, also known as a "predicate offense,"

2 and an entity that engages in a pattern of racketeering activity for financial gain can be held both criminally and civilly liable.

3 Among other things, the INA makes it unlawful to encourage illegal immigration or employ illegal aliens,

4 which violations were included as predicate offenses under RICO.

The 1996 law changes in the INA made hiring illegal aliens a predicate act of racketeering activity under RICO, but illegal hiring wasn’t the only violation of the INA made a predicate act. Other INA prohibitions made RICO predicate acts were encouraging or inducing illegal immigration, smuggling, and harboring illegal aliens.10 Together, these additions make the RICO Act potentially a very strong new tool in the hands of private parties against persons and companies that profit by violating U.S. immigration law.

Additionally, the RICO provision regarding the unlawful encouragement of illegal immigration could justify a suit against a private entity, such as a bank, that accepts foreign-issued identification cards that are only needed by illegal aliens.

One example of this, of course, is the matricula consular issued by the Mexican consulates in the United States. Since both the supporters of the matricula and those who oppose its acceptance agree that only illegal aliens have need to rely on the card, acceptance of the card knowingly encourages illegal immigration. Part of the legislative intent of the RICO laws in general was to afford private citizens a remedy for lawbreaking when authorities normally charged with such enforcement became derelict in their duties.

For example, in a town in which political corruption and racketeering activity have combined to the detriment of law-abiding citizens and the rule of law, the RICO Act was intended to provide private citizens the ability to initiate court action to compel enforcement and respect for the law.

7 posted on 05/31/2011 2:51:04 PM PDT by Liz
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To: TLI; Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Remember when I said that if the shlups thought passing a balanced budget was hard this time...Wait till next session...

Revenue WILL be less than it was this time, and the cuts will be deeper due to that reduced income...

I have to wonder why anyone thought that an immigration bill would even be scheduled for a special session, the governor already set the agenda to handle fiscal and feduciary issues...Not anything like this...

But hey...Who knows at this point...

Maybe they’ll try to sneek in some reasurecting line in the bills about the Trans Texas Corridor...hehehe

That’ll pizz off a lot of people...

Viva La Migre!!!

8 posted on 05/31/2011 2:57:37 PM PDT by stevie_d_64 (I'm jus' sayin')
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Round #2

9 posted on 05/31/2011 3:11:35 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open ( <o> ---)
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Thanks to an air headed dumbcrat from Fort Worth we now have a special session. For those who don’t know she filibustered in the Senate where it took a 66% (the Pubbies were a couple short) to bring the bill to the in the special session it takes a simple majority where the it will pass easily. In addition all the other bills that were seemingly dead due to dumbcrat procedural maneuvers are now all back on the table...with only a simple majority needed to pass them. Talk about the beauty of “unintended consequences”. Wendy be da gal.....

10 posted on 05/31/2011 3:19:28 PM PDT by RVN Airplane Driver
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Politics just got VERY LIVELY here in Texas.

Governor Perry essentially used RINOs and RINO-lites to limit what the legislature was able to put on his desk. Perry is no conservative and the last thing he wanted to see was stuff like real welfare reform, real education reform, Arizona-style immigration laws, etc. Some good stuff did pass, but the Republican-dominated legislature would have done much more, had there been been a conservative governor willing to push for it.

But then two things happened:
1) Lt. Governor Dewhurst single-handedly killed our TSA Anti-Groping bill, after it passed unanimously in the State House and was about to do the same in the State Senate (Lt. Governors are very powerful here) - although Dewhurst and another Senator tried to play footsie to hide the culprit (i.e., they kept blaming each other). This infuriated Senator Dan Patrick, who blamed Dewhurst by name (and he is very careful about calling out Republicans this way).

2) The Dems decided to run out the clock on a state budget and force a special session. Special sessions can cover any topic and the Republicans have decided to eliminate the veto power the Dems have in the State Senate (i.e., it takes a 2/3’s vote to pass anything there - and the Republicans are one seat short). It was this veto power that prevented the budget from passing. For special sessions, it’s MAJORITY RULE, for one.

Now you add into the mix that US Senator Hutchison is retiring (not a day too soon, for many here)...and Dewhurst was the easy favorite for the Republican nomination...everything was in place.

But then, (State) Senator Patrick decides to start an “Exploratory Committee” to look into running for the US Senate seat. Patrick is our version of Sara Palin, with his connections to the grass-roots. He was (and is) a radio talk show host and has a huge following in Houston, Dallas, and (I think) San Antonio. When he ran for the State Senate, it was his first run for office. He was not the favorite in the primary (safe Republican seat), as there was a sitting State House member that the party backed and was expected to take it. Patrick won that primary against that party guy and 5 others with 70% of the vote. So he gets some respect when he talks about higher office.

So Dewhurst has a mortal threat from the right...and guess what, he’s BEGGING the governor to let him make this special session into something useful and take on Sanctuary Cities, Groping, and who knows what else. It could get very interesting...

We shall see.

11 posted on 05/31/2011 3:21:45 PM PDT by BobL (PLEASE READ:
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To: stevie_d_64
Depends on how this bill is worded but


Only legals can now get unpaid medical care in Dallas, San Antonio, and Houston hospitals then the budget may have gotten close to balanced.

Has someone seen and parsed the bill?

12 posted on 05/31/2011 3:22:12 PM PDT by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: MrEdd

Nope, but there are a few diggers in this group...It’ll come out in due time...

If it is supposed to continue the un-checked support, beyond the “stabilizing requirement for medical care” then I suppose that is something they need to squash pretty quick...

You see, I have mixed feelings about that portion of any effort to straighten these things out...

If you are injured, and you require medical attention, the first thing is to stabilize the patient,if it is determined that the patient is in the country illegally, well hells bells, there is a ticket home for you, to a facility to further treat and rehab that patient back in their home country...

With the money we spened not deporting enough, the money we would spend to send the infirm home might start coming under the budget, in some cases...

Just shooting from the hip here, but it seems like you already have a “captive” audience here to take care of the immediate problem...

13 posted on 05/31/2011 3:36:16 PM PDT by stevie_d_64 (I'm jus' sayin')
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To: RVN Airplane Driver; smokingfrog; BobL

Special Session YEP!

14 posted on 05/31/2011 3:38:30 PM PDT by TLI ( ITINERIS IMPENDEO VALHALLA)
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Thank you for the detailed explanation. We need to do something. Fort Worth is infested with illegals who are driving property taxes sky high.

15 posted on 05/31/2011 5:25:26 PM PDT by ViLaLuz (2 Chronicles 7:14)
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He needs to ad Rep Driver’s campus carry bill. Every Texas freeper needs to call his office. I did last week.

16 posted on 05/31/2011 6:37:11 PM PDT by Clump (the tree of liberty is withering like a stricken fig tree)
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To: BobL

“So Dewhurst has a mortal threat from the right...and guess what, he’s BEGGING the governor to let him make this special session into something useful and take on Sanctuary Cities, Groping, and who knows what else. It could get very interesting...”

Except now it’s in stark relief that Dewhurst don’t do squat without serious pressure from the right. He kisses babies and waves the flag with the best of them, but when it comes to walking the walk, he’s just another pol. I’m not alone in hoping Patrick really does run against Dewhurst, regardless of what this special session produces.

17 posted on 05/31/2011 7:50:06 PM PDT by LibertarianInExile (When Republicans don't vote conservative, conservatives don't vote Republican.)
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To: LibertarianInExile

“So Dewhurst has a mortal threat from the right.”

Among his other anti conservative moves are his continued resistance to allow legislation for an appraisal cap of 5%.

We need to work hard to expose this phony because he plans to run for Kay Bailey’s seat or for guv. once Rick has to go to the Hair for Men Club on a weekly basis.

Greg Abbott (Atty Gen.) and Michael Williams (RR Comm) have infinitely better qualifications for US Senator or guv than Dewdrop does. Dan Patrick is not ready for prime time as either. Both Dew and Pat have been tied to caving on the TSA groping bill.

18 posted on 05/31/2011 9:16:00 PM PDT by secondamendmentkid
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To: secondamendmentkid

19 posted on 05/31/2011 9:17:22 PM PDT by secondamendmentkid
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To: magna carta

Agreed. Need to strike while the latest firestorm is still HOT and in the news!

20 posted on 06/01/2011 5:32:04 AM PDT by Ron H. (The WH is the Republican party's to lose in 2012.)
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