Texas House Passes `Sanctuary Cities' Bill

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The Texas House has passed a bill that would allow local police to help enforce federal immigration laws.

The House approved the measure 100-47 Monday night after Republicans moved to cut off all debate on the issue, using used a parliamentary maneuver that allows the majority to ram through

The bill faces a final procedural hurdle in the house before it can move to the Senate.

The so-called "sanctuary cities" bill was declared an emergency legislative item by Republican Gov. Rick Perry. It would give most police officers the right to question detained people about their immigration status.

Supporters say it's needed to crack down on illegal immigration. Critics say it would lead to racial profiling, detract from real police work and allow rogue agents harass immigrants.