Perry mum on how Texas can end 'sanctuary cities'

January 12, 2011 10:16:45 AM PST
Gov. Rick Perry wants to abolish "sanctuary cities" that he says provide a haven for illegal immigrants in Texas, but he isn't yet saying how he wants that accomplished. Perry said Wednesday he doesn't know yet whether he wants local police and sheriff's deputies asking the immigration status of drivers pulled over. He declined to offer details about how Texas could get rid of so-called sanctuary cities, only saying that a "lengthy and appropriate conversation" will take place.

Perry surprised many on Tuesday when he declared abolishing sanctuary cities a priority for the new Legislature. He considers Houston among such cities.

Democrats say they've identified more than 40 bills this session that would crack down on illegal immigrants.