Texas State Senators Tommy Williams (R-The Woodlands) and State Representative Burt Solomons (R-Carrollton) have filed companion bills to prohibit sanctuary policies which either directly or indirectly harbor illegal immigrants in Texas Cities. The Senate version of the bill is enumerated SB 11, and the House version is HB 12.
In a joint statement released by Sen. Williams and Rep. Solomons, the legislators said: “The purpose of this legislation is to establish a uniform and consistent standard for all Texas law enforcement when it comes to enforcing federal immigration laws.”
RPT State Chairman Steve Munisteri praised the legislators for their initiative in tackling this RPT priority legislative item, stating “The need for putting an end to sanctuary city policies has long been addressed in our state Republican platform and I wish to recognize and thank Senator Williams and Representative Solomons for working together to address this critical issue. I also thank Governor Rick Perry for naming this as an emergency priority item to allow our legislators the ability to deal with this early in the session.”