Texas Governor, Greg Abbott, made it his mission this legislative session to ensure the safety of Texans across the state. One major part of achieving his goal, hinged on being able to stop the creation of sanctuary cities that harbor dangerous illegals. On Sunday, Governor Abbott was successful in his endeavors, as he signed into law the nation’s toughest ban on these criminal safe havens.
“Texans expect us to keep them safe, and that is exactly what we are going to do by me signing this law,” Abbott said before inking his signature during a Facebook Live video Sunday night. This was the first time a Texas governor has signed a bill through an Internet live stream. The legislature had been trying to pass similar bills since 2011.
Abbott designated the bill as an emergency item back in January, and signed it into law just four days after it gained approval from both legislative chambers. State Republicans see it as a victory for immigration enforcement. Naturally, Democrats and social activists have condemned the bill and vowed to fight it in the court system.
President of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Thomas Saenz, called lawmakers who passed the bill “small-hearted” and referred to it as a…
In his written statement, Saenz asserted the law would ostracize “half of the state’s population,” and create widespread racial profiling. Texas ACLU Executive Director, Terri Burke, expressed similar sentiments saying:
“This racist and wrongheaded piece of legislation ignores our values, imperils our communities and sullies our reputation as a free and welcoming state.”
Governor Abbott made headlines a few weeks ago when he vowed to jail county sheriffs who refused to comply with state and federal immigration laws. Following President Trump’s lead, Abbott defunded Travis County for their continued refusal to cooperate with ICE detainer requests.
As of early February, the Travis County Sheriff’s department in Austin had denied 196 ICE detainer requests, resulting in the release of dozens of dangerous illegal immigrants. Of the inmates released by the department, 34 were convicted of violent crimes and another 14 with burglary or theft.