Gov. welcomes Justice Department’s sanctuary cities announcement

By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott on March 27 praised an announcement by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions that the Department of Justice will withhold and take back federal funds from cities that do not comply with federal immigration laws and enforcement directives. “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. Senate Bill 4, legislation to prohibit sanctuary city policies in Texas, was passed by the Senate on Feb. 8. It was heard in the House State Affairs Committee on March 15, but has not been scheduled for a committee vote.

In 2015, Abbott’s office implemented a policy that requires the sheriffs for each of Texas’ 254 counties to certify their cooperation with Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainer requests or risk losing funding through the Governor’s Criminal Justice Division.


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