The Texas House State Affairs Committee debated a bill well into Thursday morning that would gut funding from local and state entities that don't enforce immigration laws.
If it passes the Senate, the bill still has a long road to becoming law.
Many lawmakers thanked Perry for filing his bill, including Sen. "They've made light of the issue, accusing us of wasting time". I now urge you to extend the same courtesy to the cities you represent and the police executives with the sworn duty to protect and serve throughout Texas. On Wednesday, he said the House sanctuary-cities bill also puts them in a false light. President Donald Trump has since rescinded that order, but Republicans insist the measure is still needed.
"The Texas Privacy Act reflects common decency and common sense and is essential to protect public safety", Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said.
Senate Republicans frequently mentioned women's rights during the debate.
Democrats challenged Kolkhorst on the unintended consequences of the bill.
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Democrats were also concerned about how the bill would affect transgender people.
"If you can come up with some language, I'd be more than happy to look at it", Geren said.
He had said that he wasn't interested in a bill that would sweep up for deportation people who have committed only minor offenses. John Whitmire, a Houston Democrat, brought up the problem of transgender men being forced to use women's restrooms, calling it unsafe and disruptive for both women and trans men, the Morning News reports.
"I think this bill is about discrimination against a certain group of our citizens, especially transgender people", Democratic state Senator Chuy Hinojosa. Immigrants and their supporters sang "The Star Spangled Banner" at full volume and did their best to drown out the shouts from the few supporters of the bill who said that immigrants in the country illegally should be deported. House Republicans are making changes that include allowing police officers to only inquire about immigration status if someone is arrested, rather than simply being detained.
Sen. John Whitmire told Kolkhorst that "all heck is gonna break loose" when transgender men and women are forced to use bathrooms in which they do not belong.
There was some confusion among members of the Senate higher education committee. She also said, mistakenly, that a driver's license would reflect the birth certificate; this is not always the case, as there are separate procedures for each document.