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Perry: I’ll Change Sanctuary City Policy

Governor Rick Perry is again vowing to address Houston’s alleged status as a so-called “sanctuary city,” a label the last two mayors have rejected as wrong. As Bill Stamps reports, the governor say he expects things to change in the current legislative session.


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Although there is no official designation, a sanctuary city is considered a place where the local city government won’t allow law enforcement to check on the immigration status of residents. Austin and Dallas have also been called sanctuary cities. Without naming names, Governor Perry says he expects that to change.

“There are cities in this state that have made decisions that they’re going to be havens for those who are either in conflict with federal immigration laws or state laws and we’re going to prohibit that. We’ll have a good and open discussion about what we’re going to prohibit and if the shoe is fitting you, you might not want to be wearing it. “

Both former Mayor Bill White and current Mayor Annise
Parker have flatly rejected the label of sanctuary city.
Mayor Parker says she doesn’t know of any sanctuary
cities in Texas and contends that Houston’s current policy
works. She says it’s the same one used by the Texas
Department of Public Safety.

“I intend to continue our pragmatic policy that makes all
citizens safer by very clearly telling those who are here
illegally if you’re here peacefully, if you are contributing
to the economy and not breaking local laws, we encourage
you to interact with the police department, to call if you
need help and if you are breaking local laws, we intend
to find you, arrest you, charge you, take you to trial and
then when you’re done serving your time here, turn you
over to ICE for deportation.”

Parker says she agrees with Governor Perry that the nation’s
immigration policy has failed at the borders and says it needs
to be addressed at the Federal level.

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