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Sanctuary City and Senate Dems: Si Se Puede

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Late last night after 11:00 p.m., Lt. Governor David Dewhurst allowed HB 12, the Sanctuary Cities bill, to come up for a vote in the Senate chamber. True to their word, the Senate Democrats blocked it from coming up 12 – 19.

Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa said that the bill’s opponents would have filibustered the measure if it had come up for debate, killing many good bills up to the deadline of midnight Wednesday, according to the Dallas Morning News.

Bringing up the vote to suspend allowed both supporters and opponents to state their case for the record, he said.

“This bill had been on life support, we just pulled the plug tonight,” Hinojosa said.

It’s not over yet, however. Wednesday is a crucial day.  Senator Tommy Williams, R-Woodlands, the Senate sponsor of the bill could still attach the bill by a simple majority to another piece of legislation — if he can find one that is germane. This seems like it will be a tall order, however. And there’s always the unpredictability of the House.

Melissa del Bosque joined The Texas Observer staff in 2008. She specializes in reporting on immigration and the U.S.-Mexico border. Her work has been published in national and international publications including TIME magazine and the Mexico City-based Nexos magazine. Melissa is a 2014-15 Lannan Fellow at The Investigative Fund.