How’s that “sanctuary city” status working out for Houston?

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HPD: Man charged in officer’s death was an illegal immigrant, intoxicated and carrying drugs –

The suspect accused of plowing down and killing a Houston police officer in north Houston Sunday was found to be an illegal immigrant, under the influence and carrying drugs, according to authorities.

Investigators said 26-year-old Johoan Rodriguez had a blood alcohol level of.238, which is three times the legal limit, and had cocaine in his pocket when he struck and killed Officer Kevin Will.

A horrific and needless tragedy. Our condolences go out to the family of Officer Kevin Will.

Here’s hoping Governor Perry will include the “sanctuary city” legislation in the upcoming special session of the legislature. It’s certainly not a cure-all for the nation’s immigration problem, and it’s certainly not a substitute for the federal government doing more about the problem, but it is something that the state can do to remove needless barriers that stand in the way of law enforcement (in the case of Houston, the needless barrier is a directive from the police chief in 1992, with only the most minor modifications since). Democratic maneuvers successfully killed this priority of Gov. Perry during the regular session.

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