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Group Wants Police to Question Immigration Status

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A Houston group wants police to be allowed to question people about their immigration status.

The group -- called Protect Our Citizens -- is conducting a petition drive to force a vote on what it calls the city's --quote-- "sanctuary policy."

The policy prohibits police from seeking information about the immigration status of people who haven't been arrested for other
crimes.

The group wants officers to be allowed to check immigration status in all cases. It would not require that they do so.

Supporters of the city's existing policy say it's not the job of local officers to uphold immigration law. They argue that police would lose trust within the community if they question people's immigration status.

The group must collect 20-thousand signatures from registered Houston voters by September 1st to put the measure to vote.


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