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Top Stories: Final Texas Senate Vote On Sanctuary Cities Bill Expected Today

Ryan Poppe/Texas Public Radio
Sen. Charles Perry (R-Lubbock) presents SB 4 on the Senate floor.

The top local stories this morning from KERA News:

An anti-sanctuary cities bill faces a final vote this morning in the Texas Senate.

Senate Bill 4 would deny state grant money to local governments when they don’t cooperate with federal requests to hand over immigrants in custody for possible deportation. An amendment added yesterday would also allow the state to remove a county sheriff from office for refusing to honor federal detention requests.

If the Senate approves the bill, it goes to the Texas House, where it may not get a big welcome. Some Republican members have concerns, and Fort Worth Republican Charlie Geren has his own sanctuary cities bill.

The Senate has moved quickly to adopt the sanctuary cities ban after the Governor designated it as an emergency item. 

Other stories this morning:

  • Dallas County Commissioners yesterday approved a resolution welcoming immigrants to the county, including those who are undocumented. The non-binding resolution calls for law enforcement to stop what are considered nonessential collaborations with federal immigration officers.
  • A new Pew Research Center survey finds most adults support routine vaccines for children. But how Americans feel about vaccines also depends on age, race and education.
  • New rankings from U.S. News and World Report place Dallas-Fort Worth at no. 15 among the 100 best places to live in the country. Austin placed first.

You can listen to North Texas stories weekdays at 8:22 a.m. and 6:20 p.m. on KERA 90.1 FM.

Former KERA staffer Krystina Martinez was an assistant producer. She produced local content for Morning Edition and She also produced The Friday Conversation, a weekly series of conversations with North Texas newsmakers. Krystina was also the backup newscaster for the Texas Standard.