Gov. Abbott: Will Sign Legislation That Could Put Sheriffs of Sanctuary Cities in Jail

Texas Governor, Greg Abbott called into the Steve Malzberg show to discuss sanctuary cities plaguing certain counties in his great state. He said he would sign legislation that could put Sheriffs of sanctuary cities in jail.

Steve Malzberg: “I know you brought up the possibility of jailing such Sheriffs recently.”

Greg Abbott: “We have. It’s a two-step process. One, as Governor I could unilaterally use my office to take funds away from Travis County that had been previously granted to them under Governor’s grants for criminal justice reasons and we have defunded them to the tune of $1.5 million.

In addition to that, we have been pushing a piece of legislation in Texas that is going to pass that I will be signing into law that imposes even sterner penalties on counties. Uh it will include things such as further defunding them and it could impose jail time for the Sheriffs to enforce the laws.

Oddly enough these Sheriffs could wind up behind the very bars they are releasing these very criminals from.”

Texas Republican lawmakers are readying a bill that would allow for criminal charges against city or county officials who intentionally don’t comply. Any county elected official, such as a sheriff, would face immediate removal from office if convicted of official misconduct, AP reported.

The Texas bill is the latest sign some states are ready to comply with President Trump’s executive orders on illegal immigration. Trump also plans to enforce existing laws that should give him plenty of tools to pressure local officials who refuse to detain illegal immigrants.

At last, someone has the guts to actually try to do this. More power to him. We should have no Sanctuary anything for illegal immigrants. They should not be here and they need to go back home.
Sanctuary cities are clearly breaking law — law passed in the 1990s.

Title 8, Section 1373 of the U.S. Code states plainly that “a Federal, State, or local government entity or official may not prohibit, or in any way restrict, any government entity or official from sending to, or receiving from, the Immigration and Naturalization Service information regarding the citizenship or immigration status, lawful or unlawful, of any individual.”

But in Texas, as with most states, the Republicans control the state legislature and have indicated they will not tolerate sanctuary cities.
Many of the cities that implement policies to frustrate efforts by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement office are known as “sanctuary cities.”

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