Governor Passes First Bill Cracking Down On Sanctuary Cities Within His State

There has been much controversy over so-called 'sanctuary cities.' When it comes to undocumented immigrants, it raises many questions and concerns about whether a city has the right to defy federal laws and potentially endanger citizens who are here legally. The governor of Texas just signed the strictest legislation yet to discourage sanctuary cities in his state.

Governor Greg Abbott signed a new sanctuary city bill on Sunday Night during a Facebook Live event. Known as 'Senate Bill 4', backed by Senator Charles Perry (R-Lubbock), passed through both chambers of the legislature. With the Governor's signature, 'Lone Star State,' unofficially the 'don't mess with us' state, now has the toughest anti-sanctuary city laws in the United States.

The new law calls for criminal and civil penalties for any police chiefs or sheriffs who disregard federal immigration law and refuse to honor detainers.

“Let’s be clear about something. We all support legal immigration. It helped to build America and Texas," said Abbott. “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 she would not detain known criminals accused of violent crimes. Those policies are sanctuary city policies and won’t be tolerated in Texas.”

Travis County Sheriff “Sanctuary Sally” Hernandez is disappointed at the passing of the bill. I am disappointed because this is not in the best interest of public safety,” she told Breitbart Texas. "It ties the hands of our law enforcement agency and pushes victims of crime into the shadows. While I hate seeing a state law like this come to pass, I have always followed the law, and that will not change.”

Abbott was adamant about pushing the legislation through, however, and made the issue an emergency item for the state legislature in January. The bill was initially passed in February and passed the House in April with a few changes. The Senate confirmed the changes and the bill landed on Abbott's desk on May 3.

“In the past six years, criminal aliens have been charged with more than 566,000 crimes in Texas including kidnapping, homicide, burglary and much more. There is no excuse for endangering our communities by allowing criminal aliens who have committed a crime to go free," said Lt. Governor Dan Patrick of the new law. “SB 4 will ensure that no liberal local official can flaunt the law.”
Source: Breitbart
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