Texas State Representative Debbie Riddle filed several bills, similar to that of the Arizona immigration law. The first bill out of the chute was mandating that voters present a photo identification in order to cast a ballot. The other bills deal with clamp downs on undocumented immigrants, including an Arizona-type law and prohibiting sanctuary cities. Both proposals deal with encouraging law enforcement to inquire about the immigration status of those stopped for routine and other policing matters. Another bill would allow a police officer to arrest a person who he or she believes has committed an offense without a warrant. Before making that arrest, the officer must receive confirmation from ICE that the person is illegally in the United States.
The bill is similar to Arizona’s, which would give state and local officers the ability to ask for proof of citizenship and arrest illegal immigrants if warranted. A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco is currently examining the Arizona law after much of it was ruled unconstitutional by a lower court.
“Representative Riddle’s filing of these bills will only add to the current Texas budget deficit,” said LULAC National President Margaret Moran. “Texas has long been a state where common sense prevails over grandstanding and legislative extremes of any sort have almost been defeated. The Texas taxpayers expect better. Copycatting other legislation only illustrates a lack of vision on her part.” The League of United Latin American Citizens will continue to protest any Texas bills that resemble Arizona SB 1070.
Seven other House bills that Riddle filed on Monday include:
HB 18, imposing sanctions for municipalities that allow “sanctuary cities”
HB 19, which seeks to imprison unlicensed drivers who cause serious accidents
HJR 16 and HB 23, which allow counties to set their own appraisal caps
HB 21, requiring all state agencies to determine and report their costs related to illegal aliens
HB 22, requiring school districts to report the number of illegal aliens attending their schools
HB 20, increasing the penalty for burglary of a motor vehicle to a state jail felon
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