AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas Senate has preliminarily approved an anti-"sanctuary cities" bill  punishing local governments that don't cooperate with federal immigration authorities.

It's the strongest indication yet that the state's Republicans look to crack down on an issue championed by President Donald Trump.

Tuesday night's vote after hours of sometimes-emotional debate clears the way for the proposal to sail through the GOP-controlled Texas Legislature in record time. It stalled in previous sessions.