Gov. Abbott signs bill to ban 'sanctuary cities' on Facebook Live


Broadcasting on Facebook Live from the Texas Capitol, Gov. Greg Abbott on Sunday evening signed the bill to ban so-called sanctuary cities, the common term for local jurisdictions that decline in some way to cooperate with federal immigration enforcement.

“We all support legal immigration. It helped build America and Texas,” Abbott said. “But legal immigration is different from harboring people who have committed dangerous crimes. This law cracks down on policies like the Travis County sheriff who declared that she would not detain known criminals accused of violent crimes.”

Abbott was referencing Sheriff Sally Hernandez, who became the face of the battle over sanctuary cities after instituting a policy that limits when the Travis County jail cooperates with Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainer requests that help facilitate deportation proceedings for inmates suspected of being unauthorized immigrants. Her policy does honor requests for inmates accused of the most serious offenses.

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