Obama Immigration Change Complicates Anti-Sanctuary Effort In Texas

statemanThe Obama administration’s 2014 switch to a less aggressive approach to working with local jails on immigration enforcement poses a quandary for Texas lawmakers wishing to ban so-called sanctuary cities.

At a Tuesday hearing of a state Senate committee tasked with studying border issues, state Sen. Brian Birdwell, R-Granbury, said that the federal policy shift, which targets only high-level offenders rather than all inmates suspected of being in the country illegally, in effect might have made Texas — and every other state — a “sanctuary state.”

By Sean Collins Walsh for Stateman
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