Texas governor signs bill banning sanctuary cities

Daily News Article - May 12, 2017


NOTE TO STUDENTS: Many issues can be controversial. While you might not feel strongly about a certain topic, others around you might take a strong position on one side or the other. Learn to logically defend your position, and politely respect your neighbor’s point of view. And if your neighbor gets argumentative with you, remind each other that both sides need to be tolerant of the other’s point of view.

1. Define the following terms as used in the article:

2. The first paragraph of a news article should answer the questions who, what, where and when. List the who, what, where and when of this news item. (NOTE: The remainder of a news article provides details on the why and/or how.)

3. Why do Republicans say the law is needed?

4. List the provisions in the bill.

5. Why does every major police chief in Texas oppose the bill?

6. Why were conservatives upset with Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez?

7. What did Governor Abbott say about his reasons for signing the bill into law?

8. Teri Burke, executive director of the ACLU of Texas, said they will fight the bill in court and the ballot box. Do you think the Texas state assembly and Governor Abbott who signed the bill into law will be voted out of office in the next election? Explain your answer.

9. Do you think sanctuary cities are beneficial to the citizens of a city/state, to the “undocumented” immigrants, both, or neither? Explain your answer.


Do an internet search for “TX governor signs bill banning sanctuary cities.” Watch several news reports on this event.
Are the reports critical of the Governor’s position and supportive/sympathetic to immigrants who are not here legally?
Do the reports clarify that this law is aimed at illegal immigrants who have committed crimes?
Are the reports accurate and unbiased?
Do the reports provide comments equally from people who support and oppose the bill?