Texas Gov. Abbott Cut $1.5 Million from ‘Sanctuary’ County
Texas Governor Deprives Sanctuary County Of $1.5 Million Grant
by Rachel Stoltzfoos
Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott cut off state funds to a county that provides sanctuary to illegal immigrants Wednesday, following through on an earlier pledge to punish such sanctuary cities and localities.
Travis County will no longer have access to $1.8 million in state criminal justice grants, Abbott announced in a letter to county officials, because of a new sanctuary policy implemented by the county sheriff. The policy at issue instructs staff at the sheriff’s department to release illegal immigrants booked in the local jail rather than assist the federal government in deporting them, unless they have been charged with murder, aggravated sexual assault or human smuggling.
“Stiffer penalties coming soon,” Abbott added in a tweet Wednesday.
He said “banning” such areas of sanctuary in Texas is a top priority in an address to the state Tuesday. “Elected officials don’t get to pick and choose which laws they obey,” he said. “To protect Texans from deadly danger, we must insist that laws be followed.”
Supporters of sanctuary cities argue local jails shouldn’t be forced to extend detention of illegal immigrants picked up for crimes, because deportation is the job of the federal government. Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez told a local outlet the sanctuary policy builds trust between police and the community, saying the threat of deportation might prevent people from reporting crimes for fear of the immigration consequences.
Content created by The Daily Caller News Foundation is available without charge to any eligible news publisher that can provide a large audience. For licensing opportunities of our original content, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Illegals Cross into Canada from US in Record Numbers
Record Number Of Illegals Cross From US To Canada Over Weekendby David Krayden With aRead More
High School ‘Freshmen’ from Central American Charged in Rape of 14-Year-Old-Girl
Jose Montano And Henry Sanchez Charged In Rape Of 14-Year-Old Girlby Alex Pfeiffer Two MarylandRead More