Texas sheriffs watching immigration bills closely
POSTED: Thursday, January 6, 2011 - 10:59am
UPDATED: Thursday, January 6, 2011 - 5:26pm
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - El Paso County Sheriff Richard Wiles is
expected to join immigrant advocates at the state Capitol and
denounce new proposals that would crack down on illegal immigration
The border sheriff is scheduled to appear in Austin Thursday
ahead of lawmakers returning to the Legislature next week.
Republicans have filed more than a dozen anti-illegal immigration
bills they hope will find traction with a historic GOP
supermajority in the House.
One bill would require local law enforcement to ask drivers
without identification if they're in the country legally. Another
would cut off state funding to departments that don't enforce
Republican state Sen. Dan Patrick believes conservatives finally
have the votes and momentum to pass immigration measures after
years of failed attempts.
By PAUL J. WEBER
(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)