Wednesday night, dozens of protesters, many waving signs and banners skewering the bill and its supporters, gathered inside the Texas Capitol to chant pro-immigrant slogans in English and Spanish. With the House debate only days away, Neave said she is "praying for a miracle".
The bill would allow Texas to withhold funding from county and local governments for acting as sanctuary cities - even as the Trump administration's efforts to do so nationally have hit roadblocks.
Geren, however, said the bill wasn't discriminatory because it targeted criminals, not members of a particular racial or ethnic group.
"I have no doubt by this time next week we will have a bill going to the Governor's office and probably a signature", Perry said.
Adler said it appeared the state legislation went even further than President Trump's executive order.
"Today we saw legislators scrambling to turn their anti-immigrant brand of race-based hate into laws that would criminalize families and children, and people of color in Texas", Karla Perez, an undocumented law student from the University of Houston Law Center and state coordinator with United We Dream, said in a statement.
"Since this bill focuses on keeping our communities safe, we specifically protect victims and witnesses of crime in Senate Bill 4 to make sure no one is hindered from reporting crime". It would also hold jurisdictions accountable if they don't honor an ice detainer.
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USA 100 dollar banknotes and Chinese 100 yuan banknotes are seen in this picture illustration in Beijing, China, January 21, 2016. US President Donald Trump had repeatedly accused China of indulging in currency manipulation to boost exports.
But in Texas, where many Republican lawmakers are more than willing to help deport people who are in the country illegally, there is a bill in play that would actually force law enforcement to do more to assist the feds, including cooperating with detainer requests from immigration officials.
Representative Victoria Neave, who fasted in protest of the bill, gets emotional while telling about growing up as the daughter of an undocumented dad.
Senate Bill 4, authored by Sen. The biggest debate broke out over a change in the language of the bill that would allow law enforcement to inquire about immigration status if a person is "lawfully detained".
The ruling and the judge were quickly attacked by the White House.
Fierce resistance has come from Texas Democrats and immigrants' rights organizations, as well as from some in law enforcement and top business lobbies.
Neave also fears the bill would have a negative effect on law enforcement. "And so we hope that our state legislators come to their senses and recognize that they shouldn't pass a bill that's bad for our public safety, bad for our economy, and is likely unconstitutional", Austin City Council member Greg Casar told CNN in an interview. More than 1,2000 immigrant families attended a local information session in the last few weeks, and teachers in her district have said that their students are anxious their parents will be deported.
"Sadly, I feel like across the nation, Texas will be seen as Arizona was seen years ago", said Julio Acosta, Faith in Texas volunteer.