Follow live: Texas Senate hearing for bill that would ban ‘sanctuary cities’

Hundreds of people are expected to attend a Thursday morning hearing in the Texas Senate on a bill to ban so-called sanctuary cities, the term for local governments that decline in some way to cooperate with federal immigration enforcement efforts.

Sen. Sylvia Garcia, D-Houston, listens to testimony at the Texas Capitol on Thursday, February 2, 2017. Hundreds of people arrived at the Capitol Thursday morning for hearing in the Texas Senate on a bill to ban so-called sanctuary cities, the term for local governments that decline in some way to cooperate with federal immigration enforcement efforts. (Kelly West/AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

Sen. Sylvia Garcia, D-Houston, listens to testimony at the Texas Capitol on Thursday, February 2, 2017. Hundreds of people arrived at the Capitol Thursday morning for hearing in the Texas Senate on a bill to ban so-called sanctuary cities, the term for local governments that decline in some way to cooperate with federal immigration enforcement efforts. (Kelly West/AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

Senate Bill 4, by state Sen. Charles Perry, R-Lubbock, seeks to dismantle those policies by withholding state funds from cities and counties that adopt them and punish officials who decline to transfer prisoners suspected of being in the country illegally to federal immigration authorities.

More information on the hearing: Bill to ban ‘sanctuary cities’ to get Texas Senate hearing

Follow the American-Statesman’s Sean Walsh offering live coverage of the hearing below:

 

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