Immigration Fight Spills Into House Foster Care Bill Debate

By DAVID SALEH RAUF, Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The opening efforts by the Texas House to solve the state's foster care crisis erupted into a fierce debate over immigration on Wednesday, when a Republican lawmaker proposed ending financial assistance for adoptions of at-risk children by relatives in the country illegally.

Lawmakers eventually passed the chamber's first two major bills of a legislative session that began nearly two months ago — both aimed at mending foster care system that a federal judge has ruled is unconstitutional — but not before a roughly hour-long, raucous argument over immigration that featured accusations of racism.
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