Heated Battle Against Proposed Texas Immigration Bills

Texas – 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 in Texas.

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 immigration laws.

Republican state Sen. Dan Patrick believes conservatives finally have the votes and momentum to pass immigration measures after years of failed attempts.

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