AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas Senate Republicans flexed their muscle again, shoving aside the angry and tearful objections of Democrats to pass a bill that gives police officers broader powers
to ask people they detain about their citizenship status.
The 19-12 vote shortly after midnight Wednesday morning came after nearly eight hours of emotional debate in which Democrats railed against the bill as racist and a tool to harass Latinos.
The bill pushed by Republican Gov. Rick Perry now goes to the House for consideration, where it is expected to easily pass.
The Republican super-majority in the House approved a similar version during the regular session.
Perry and supporters say the bill will help police fight crime committed by illegal immigrants.