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Austin, TX- On Wednesday, the Texas legislature tentatively passed a bill in the Senate that would create a compact with other states to help them enforce federal immigration laws, with an approval through a 20-11 vote.

Austin, TX- On Wednesday, the Texas legislature tentatively passed a bill in the Senate that would create a compact with other states to help them enforce federal immigration laws, with an approval through a 20-11 vote.

The GOP-backed Interstate Compact for Border Security bill easily won approval with the Republican majority, despite protests from the Democrats. The Democrats argued that Texas has no constitutional authority to enforce federal immigration laws; however, the Republicans countered that they are giving the state tools to stop criminals from moving into and operating in Texas because the federal government and both parties in Congress have failed in securing the border.

The bill has a long way to go until it becomes law; however. First, it must be approved by the House within these next three weeks of the legislative session and then Texas must line up one or more states- probably along the U.S.-Mexico border- as partners in the compact.

The Legislature must then hold a session to approve terms of the compact. Texas and the other states would then have to get approval from Congress.

While the bill still has a long way to becoming law, critics have already voiced their concerns over it. They argue that it puts Texas in direct conflict with the federal government, which has sole responsibility for enforcing immigration laws. Under the initial terms of the measure, the Texas governor would coordinate, develop, and execute plans for the compact.

According to a legislative analysis, the compact “would provide for actions among compacting states for the operational control of Texas’ border with Mexico and enforcing federal immigration laws, including detecting, apprehending, detaining, prosecuting, releasing and monitoring of persons unlawfully present in the United States.”

Senators also tentatively approved a measure Wednesday by Republican Sen. Don Huffines, that would require the state comptroller to estimate the costs incurred by Texas as a result of those living here illegally. The estimate would include, at a minimum, costs related to education, health care and incarceration.

The bill was also approved along party lines on a 20-11 vote. If the bill becomes law, the study must be completed before the next legislative session in 2017.

Austin, TX- On Wednesday, the Texas legislature tentatively passed a bill in the Senate that would create a compact with other states to help them enforce federal immigration laws, with an approval through a 20-11 vote.

The GOP-backed Interstate Compact for Border Security bill easily won approval with the Republican majority, despite protests from the Democrats. The Democrats argued that Texas has no constitutional authority to enforce federal immigration laws; however, the Republicans countered that they are giving the state tools to stop criminals from moving into and operating in Texas because the federal government and both parties in Congress have failed in securing the border.

The bill has a long way to go until it becomes law; however. First, it must be approved by the House within these next three weeks of the legislative session and then Texas must line up one or more states- probably along the U.S.-Mexico border- as partners in the compact.

The Legislature must then hold a session to approve terms of the compact. Texas and the other states would then have to get approval from Congress.

While the bill still has a long way to becoming law, critics have already voiced their concerns over it. They argue that it puts Texas in direct conflict with the federal government, which has sole responsibility for enforcing immigration laws. Under the initial terms of the measure, the Texas governor would coordinate, develop, and execute plans for the compact.

According to a legislative analysis, the compact “would provide for actions among compacting states for the operational control of Texas’ border with Mexico and enforcing federal immigration laws, including detecting, apprehending, detaining, prosecuting, releasing and monitoring of persons unlawfully present in the United States.”

Senators also tentatively approved a measure Wednesday by Republican Sen. Don Huffines, that would require the state comptroller to estimate the costs incurred by Texas as a result of those living here illegally. The estimate would include, at a minimum, costs related to education, health care and incarceration.

The bill was also approved along party lines on a 20-11 vote. If the bill becomes law, the study must be completed before the next legislative session in 2017.

Articulo en Espanol

Austin, TX - el miércoles, la legislatura de Texas aprobó tentativamente una ley en el Senado que crearía un pacto con otros Estados para ayudarles a hacer cumplir las leyes federales de inmigración, con una aprobación a través de una votación de 20-11.

El Pacto respaldados por GOP interestatal para el proyecto de ley de seguridad fronteriza ganó fácilmente la aprobación con la mayoría republicana, a pesar de las protestas de los demócratas. Los demócratas argumentaron que Texas no tiene constitucional autoridad para hacer cumplir las leyes federales de inmigración; Sin embargo, los republicanos le contestó que están dando las herramientas del estado para detener a criminales de mudarse y operando en Texas porque el gobierno federal y ambos partidos en el Congreso han fracasado en asegurar la frontera.

El proyecto de ley tiene un largo camino por recorrer hasta que se convierte en ley; Sin embargo. En primer lugar, debe ser aprobado por la cámara en las próximas tres semanas de la sesión legislativa y luego Texas debe alinearse uno o más Estados-probablemente a lo largo de la frontera México-Estados Unidos - como socios en el Pacto.

La legislatura deberá entonces celebre una sesión para aprobar los términos del Pacto. Texas y otros Estados tendría que obtener la aprobación del Congreso.

Mientras que el proyecto de ley todavía tiene un largo camino para convertirse en ley, los críticos ya han expresado sus preocupaciones sobre él. Ellos argumentan que pone Texas en conflicto directo con el gobierno federal, que es el único responsable de hacer cumplir las leyes de inmigración. Bajo los términos iniciales de la medida, el gobernador de Texas podría coordinar, desarrollar y ejecutar planes para el Pacto.

Según un análisis legislativo, el compacto "prevé acciones entre los Estados de compactación para el control operacional de la frontera de Texas con México y hacer cumplir las leyes federales de inmigración, incluyendo detectar, capturar, detener, procesar, liberando y seguimiento de personas presentes ilegalmente en los Estados Unidos.

Los senadores también tentativamente aprobaron una medida el miércoles por republicano el senador Don Huffines, que requeriría el interventor del estado estimar los costos incurridos como resultado de los que viven aquí ilegalmente por Texas. La estimación incluye, como mínimo, los costos relacionados con educación, salud y encarcelamiento.

El proyecto también fue aprobado a lo largo de las líneas partidarias en una votación de 20-11. Si el proyecto de ley se convierte en ley, el estudio debe ser completado antes de la próxima sesión legislativa en 2017.

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