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Houston votes to join lawsuit against sanctuary cities bill

FILE - In this Feb. 28, 2017, file photo, Georgia Cordova of El Paso, Texas, center, joins other protesters as they take part in a No Ban, No Wall rally to support the rights of immigrants and oppose a border wall and support sanctuary cities at the State Capitol in Austin, Texas. Immigrant activists who lived under a now-overturned anti-“sanctuary cities” law in Arizona that empowered police to inquire about peoples’ immigration status during routine interactions like traffic stops are visiting Texas to offer tips on how to cope with similar restrictions the state’s Republican-controlled Legislature recently approved. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

City leaders in Houston voted on Wednesday to join several other cities across the state in challenging Senate Bill 4, also known as the 'sanctuary cities' bill.

Houston's city council voted 10-6 to join the lawsuit; San Antonio and Austin previously filed to join the suit.

Senate Bill 4 was signed into law by Texas Governor Greg Abbott last month and requires local government agencies to comply with federal immigration laws and detainer requests. If they do not comply with the law, police chiefs and sheriffs can be criminally charged.

SB4 goes into effect on September 1, but the legal challenge will seek to stop it.

Your Voice, Your Future Roundtable: Sanctuary Cities law

What are your thoughts on the issue? What questions do you want answered from officials?

On Wednesday, July 12, we are bringing together some of the area's top leaders to take your questions about SB 4 and what it means for communities across Texas.

Have a question?

And don't forget to tune in here on Wednesday, July 12 at 6:30 p.m. to catch this special 'Your Voice, Your Future' Roundtable discussion on the controversial SB 4.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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