Texas Governor Greg Abbott means business when he says no to sanctuary cities. A few moments ago he issued the following statement after Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the Department of Justice will withhold and claw back federal funds from sanctuary cities that do not comply with immigration laws and enforcement, specifically U.S. Code 1373.
“I applaud today’s bold action by Attorney General Sessions that aims to end sanctuary city policies that endanger American lives,” said Governor Abbott. “After years of the previous administration turning a blind eye to this issue, the federal government is sending a clear and necessary message that the laws of this land are going to be enforced.”
“Such policies cannot continue,” Sessions said. “They make our nation less safe by putting dangerous criminals back on the street.”
“Texas joins the Trump administration in its commitment to end sanctuary cities, and I look forward to signing legislation that bans these dangerous policies in Texas once and for all,” Abbott said.
In 2015, Governor Abbott implemented a similar policy that requires all Sheriffs to certify they cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainer requests or risk losing funding through the Governor’s Criminal Justice Division.
Citizens across the state were disturbed to find out a week ago that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced Travis County (Austin) as the worst offender of the new “Declined Detainer Outcome Report.”
The report highlights the Counties that are not cooperating with Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainer requests. It showed that from January 28 – February 3, 2017, 206 criminally charged illegal immigrants nationwide were released from custody due to the denial of ICE detainer requests. Travis County released 142 criminal illegal aliens into the streets accounting for nearly 70% of those nationwide. Those released were charged with crimes including sexual assault, aggravated assault, domestic violence, and robbery.
The report is “deeply disturbing and highlights the urgent need for a statewide sanctuary city ban in Texas,” said Abbott. “The Travis County Sheriff’s decision to deny ICE detainer requests and release back into our communities criminals charged with heinous crimes – including sexual offenses against children, domestic violence and kidnapping – is dangerous and should be criminal in itself. Texas will act to put an end to sanctuary policies that put the lives of our citizens at risk.”
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