Texas House Debates 'Sanctuary Cities' Bill

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"We don't have enough votes to defeat it", Neave said.

This fast is her spiritual stand, she says, in opposition to an anti-"sanctuary cities" bill poised to become law in her state - and in the face of death threats criticizing her on social media. "We want to encourage community policing efforts, and this will have a detrimental effect on this efforts here in our state".

- The Texas House on Wednesday will debate a proposal to punish cities and counties that refused to cooperate with federal immigration enforcement.

"I think it's time to get back to the rule of law not the rule of man".

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Both President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions have been outspoken critics of sanctuary cities, threatening to pull federal and justice department funding from those who don't comply with immigration law and orders.

'I feel like this is an attack on my dad and millions of other families across our state, ' Neave told the Washington Post.

"I want people to know how bad this law is", she said, according to the Dallas News.

But Neave told local media she's anxious the legislation will make immigrants afraid to report crimes or testify in court. Some even said that they will join her in fasting prior to the bill's debate. "We need to uphold immigration laws of our country and keep our communities safe", said State Sen. "Their second grade students are afraid of what is going to happen to them if their parents are deported".

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Earlier this month, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said his department found the number of Hispanics reporting rape is down 42.8 percent from previous year, and those reporting other violent crimes has registered a 13 percent drop. "I could see the fear in their eyes", Naeve said.

In a separate demonstration, as many as 750 immigrant detainees in Tacoma, Washington, launched a hunger strike earlier this month to protest conditions at the 1,500-bed Northwest Detention Center.

"It's a form of personal sacrifice", she said.

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