Texas Gov. Rick Perry says Lubbock Senator Robert Duncan is responsible for thwarting the state's latest attempt at immigration reform.
In a statement released Tuesday, Perry said Duncan refused to allow a ban on sanctuary cities to be included in the final budget bill. The measure would have allowed police to question detainees about their immigration status.
Duncan responded in a statement on Wednesday:
"I am joint author of SB 9, the sanctuary cities legislation that the Senate passed on June 15th. This was comprehensive legislation that dealt with the issue of enforcement of state and federal laws and prohibition of sanctuary cities. The primary purpose of SB 1 was to certify the budget and provide funding for our public schools. Combining school finance issues in SB 1 with sanctuary city issues would have placed both of these important measures in jeopardy. "
Duncan also said that members of Senate Republican Caucus agreed with his desire to keep the two issues separate.
Critics of the sanctuary city bill say it would lead to racial profiling.
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