Published: Jan 12, 2011 10:42 PM EST
Updated: Jan 12, 2011 7:43 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Gov. Rick Perry wants to abolish "sanctuary cities" that he says provide haven for illegal immigrants in Texas, but he isn't yet saying how he wants that accomplished.

Perry said Wednesday he doesn't know yet whether he wants local police and sheriff's deputies asking the immigration status of drivers pulled over. He declined to offer details about how Texas could get rid of so-called sanctuary cities that are in conflict with state and federal immigration laws.

 Houston has long been assailed by conservatives as a "sanctuary city" because police there generally don't ask about immigration status during patrols or investigations. The city has bristled at the label.

Democrats say they've identified more than 40 bills this session that would crack down on illegal immigrants.

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