Texas House takes up 'sanctuary city' bill

Gov. Rick Perry
Gov. Rick Perry

AUSTIN, TX (AP) - The Texas House has begun debate on a bill to allow police to enforce immigration law, legislation that Gov. Rick Perry called an emergency measure.

Police chiefs across the state opposed the bill, saying their officers already have enough to do without enforcing federal law. Supporters insist that illegal immigration is too big a problem for local police to ignore.

The bill was first debated on Friday, but Democrats found technical flaws that derailed the debate. Republicans brought it back late Monday, and Democrats were waiting with dozens of amendments.

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