Dan Patrick sought to require officers to inquire into legal status of suspects
Democrat Julián Castro said Republican Dan Patrick filed legislation akin to the 2010 Arizona mandate that police officers ask individuals about their immigration status.
"He filed (Senate Bill) 1070-like show-me-your-papers legislation," the San Antonio mayor said in the April debate aired by the Univision network and posted online by the Texas Tribune (watch here).
Castro said this action left Patrick out of step with Texas Democrats and Republicans who, he suggested, are more supportive of immigrants regardless of origin.
Patrick, the Houston state senator in a May 27 runoff with incumbent David Dewhurst for the GOP lieutenant governor nomination, replied: "No, mayor. That’s a lie."
Castro had a point.
Patrick’s ultimately unsuccessful proposal, filed before the 2011 legislative session, was similar to, and modeled on, Arizona’s show-your-papers provision. We rated Castro’s claim as True.
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