Texas cops slam new immigration legislation

They say the proposals are bad ideas that will strain police and harm public safety


THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS

DALLAS — Top police and sheriff's officials from most of the state's largest cities and counties united Thursday to decry immigration legislation that would shift the burden of enforcement onto their departments, saying the proposals are bad ideas that will strain police and harm public safety.

Lawmakers have proposed about 80 measures this year that aim to stem public anger over the state's rising population of illegal immigrants. The governor has called for an end to "sanctuary city" policies under which local police cannot ask about immigration status.

Other plans would make it a state crime of criminal trespass to be in Texas illegally.

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