Both the Texas Senate and House have passed strict measures created to prohibit sanctuary cities - but each chamber's version must now be reconciled before Abbott can sign them into law, according to the Associated Press.
President Donald Trump made cracking down on illegal immigration a cornerstone of his campaign and signed an executive order earlier this year to withhold federal funds from cities that refuse to cooperate with USA immigration officials.
State senator Charles Perry (R-Lubbock) has said he sponsored the Texas bill to prevent local officials from letting serious criminals out of jail before immigration agents can take them into federal custody.
The Texas House tacked on a number of amendments to the bill, many of which seek to implement stricter penalties against refusing to cooperate with federal immigration officers.
In a statement last month, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott described an "urgent need" to ban sanctuary cities across Texas, noting such policies "put the lives of our citizens at risk".
Critics of the bill said it would make immigrants afraid to report crimes or participate I police investigations out of fear that they could be deported. It would also require local police chiefs and sheriff to obey federal demand to hold suspects for possible deportation. A fourth provision, which mandated law enforcement ask about immigration status if they have suspicions someone is in the country illegally, was taken down as part of a settlement with immigrants rights' groups. This is about the rule of law. She said she has always followed the law "and that will not change". He dismissed the concerns of racial profiling and harassment as "fearmongering".
"Banning sanctuary cities is about stopping officials who have sworn to enforce the laws from helping people who commit bad crimes evade immigration detainers", Perry said in a statement. Hernandez softened her policy after Abbott cut funding to the county, saying decisions would be made on a case-by-case basis. He says North Carolina is poised to be the next state to pass a resolution.
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said the bill "will ensure that no liberal local official can flaunt the law".
"Addressing the primary reason undocumented persons enter this state would free law enforcement to address those people who are committing crimes". "Nowhere in the bill does it allow an officer to enforce federal immigration law". Opponents say it opens the door to discrimination and intimidation.
"The voters should at least know the minimum of what newly minted USA citizens are required to know", unusual said, "In my opinion, its just a matter of opinion, but I think it's a good effort to introduce this requirement for high schools".
"The Texas sanctuary city ban wins final legislative approval".
"TAMSA applauds Rep. VanDeaver-R for his effort to reduce standardized testing in Texas, however, we far preferred the original version of the bill (HB 515) that eliminated all testing not required under federal law..."