Texas Gov. Rick Perry Thursday released a statement saying a controversial immigration law passed in Arizona would not work for Texas, even as one state representative prepares similar legislation for debate in January. “Some aspects of the law turn law enforcement officers into immigration officials by requiring them to determine immigration status during any lawful contact with a suspected alien,” Perry continued on the statement. “Our focus must continue to be on the criminal elements involved with conducting criminal acts against Texans and their property. I will continue to work with the legislative leadership to develop strategies that are appropriate for Texas.”
Several city of Austin officials also responded Thursday to the bill, proposing a measure to remove or limit travel expenses and investment in Arizona.