Over 500 People Sign Up to Testify During Hearing for Texas Sanctuary City Bill

It's going to be another long night at the capitol. Right now dozens of people are waiting their turn to testify on a bill that would effectively ban Sanctuary Cities in Texas.

Under Senate Bill 4, the state would be able to deny grant money to cities, counties and college campuses that refuse to cooperate with federal immigration laws.

The committee has added several amendments to the bill since it cleared the upper chamber last month.
The bill's language has now been changed to only apply to "immigrants" arrested. Another change, college police "may" not ask the immigration status of dreamers on campuses.

Supporters say the bill would reinforce the existing rule of law and provide consistency among the state's law enforcement agencies. But critics of the bill say it drives a wedge between immigrant communities and police.

Berenice ramirez is one testifying tonight. She says she fears if SB-4 passes, her parents could be deported back to Mexico for something as little as a traffic violation.

"Having to worry about my family being deported or detained and not having like thinking that I don't have my parents there to support me and to like give me like the encouragement and the motivation to like keep moving forward," Berenice Ramirez, Undocumented, Student at the University of Texas at Austin.

573 people are signed up to testify tonight. The House State Affairs Committee says they will not vote on the bill today.

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