HB12 passed the House last night. The most anti-Hispanic bill to pass through the House. More news to come.
After hours of contentious and often emotional debate, the Texas House passed HB 12, the controversial “sanctuary cities” legislation, which would prohibit cities, counties and other governmental entities or special districts from adopting a policy that prevents law enforcement from asking persons lawfully detained or arrested if they are in the country legally. Entities not in compliance could risk losing state funds.
The measure was passed on a 100 to 47 vote just before midnight.
Opponents of the legislation, proposed by state Rep. Burt Solomons, R-Carrollton, fear it will lead to racial profiling and harassment of legal residents and citizens. Proponents of HB 12, which was declared an “emergency” item by Gov. Rick Perry, say it is a necessary tool to free up law enforcement to better identify those in the country illegally, including criminals.
More on HB12 from Reform Immigration for Texas Alliance:
The House voted today to bring Arizona’s bad ideas to Texas.
HB12, a proposal that is opposed by business leaders, law enforcement executives and human rights groups across the state will now go to the Senate. Gov. Rick Perry put this item on his so-called “emergency list,” but our sources in the Capitol tell us the proposal is making business leaders in Texas, including Perry’s biggest supporters, very nervous.
The fact is that Arizona-style laws do not fit in Texas. Our values, economy and families cannot afford HB 12.
After passing the notorious SB 1070, Arizona suffered the consequences. The state became synonymous with xenophobia. Boycotts cost Arizona over $490 million and counting. The law has consistently lost legal challenges based on the fact that it violates the Constitution of the U.S.
RITA opposes HB 12 for it’s similarity to SB 1070 and fears that a law like this could put Texas on the same dead-end road as Arizona.