Texas Senate passes immigration bill
The Texas Senate has given preliminary approval to a bill giving police officers more power to ask people
they detain about their citizenship status.
A final vote is pending later Tuesday night to send the bill to the House.
Many Texas law enforcement agencies discourage their officers from asking about citizenship and immigration status.
The so-called sanctuary cities bill would ban local governments and agencies from
adopting such policies.
The bill passed 19-12 with all Senate Republicans voting in favor.
Critics say the bill will be used to harass Latinos. Supporters say the measure is needed to help police catch illegal immigrants who may commit crimes.
Gov. Rick Perry had made the issue one of his top priorities in the regular session but it was blocked by Senate Democrats.