Photo: Texas State Senator Tommy Williams files anti-sanctuary
Texas State Senator Tommy Williams has filed a massive bill in the current special session that a press release from the Republican state senator called “a comprehensive bill penalizing local governmental entities which engage in sanctuary city practices, requiring every person arrested to be run through the federal Secure Communities Program and providing the Department of Public Safety statutory authority to establish lawful presence in the United States before issuing a driver’s license.”
Williams also stated, “The Secure Communities Program is currently used in our state’s county jails, but individuals arrested and taken to city jails are often not run through the program. SB 9 eliminates this loophole.”
He has also taken issue with those that refer to SB 9 as “immigration legislation,” as he says his is about homeland security and not the federal government’s domain of immigration.
“I don’t see sanctuary cities or any of this as an immigration-related issue,” he said. “This is about homeland security and about knowing who is lawfully in the country.”
If passed, SB 9 would no longer allow grants to be provided to establishments that prohibit local law enforcement from asking individuals who have been lawfully detained or arrested for proof of their immigration status.
The House special-session version of SB 9 was filed Wednesday by State Rep. Burt Solomons (R-Carrollton). It is known as HB 12.