Gov. Abbott demands Travis County reverse new “sanctuary” policy

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January 24, 2017

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Gov. Greg Abbott is formally demanding that Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez reverse her new policy on cooperation with federal immigration authorities or lose state dollars, further escalating a showdown over “sanctuary cities” that have been in the crosshairs of Republican officials.

“This is not a pronouncement of sound public policy; it is a dangerous game of political Russian roulette — with the lives of Texans at stake,” Abbott wrote to Hernandez — whose jurisdiction includes Austin — in a letter dated Monday.

The newly elected sheriff, who campaigned on the issue, announced Friday that her department would reduce its cooperation with federal immigration authorities when they request an inmate be flagged for possible deportation. Her office said it would still continue to hold people charged with very serious crimes, such as capital murder.

But that was not enough for Abbott, whose letter calls the policy, which is set to go into effect Feb. 1, “shortsighted” and backed by “frivolous” justifications. He quickly reacted Friday on Twitter, saying that his office “will cut funding for Travis County adopting sanctuary. Stiffer penalties coming.”

16 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • Tiger says:

    The laws of this country have harsh punishment for anyone who harbors an alien knowingly or helps them to get a job or aid of any kind. Also companies that hire illegals also face fines and many other punishments. These people are breaking our laws and for crying out loud, give me a break Sanctuary cities are nothing but Time Out Zones. The only people who are punished for breaking the laws are citizens. How crazy is that. Another sign of Mental Disorders in the Progressive Communist ranks as Savage says.

    Good grief it doesn’t take a Rocket Scientist to figure this out.

  • Tiger says:

    Yepper he is fixing to do the Texas Stomp all over the place and what I loved about what he said on the news any officials refusing to follow the law is prosecuted. Now that is a stomping out the lawlessness and Emanuel is going to get some Texas size boots up his ass from trump. The little thug is throwing his chest out and crowing against following our laws.

    He will make a good spot on the street for a reminder of what happens when you think Obama still in office.

  • justinwachin says:

    City officials who knowingly harbor fugitives, which illegal immigrants are, should face arrest, prosecution and prison. When these politicians face the prospect that they will go to jail for embracing criminal activity they may decide to do things differently.

    Yes, the sheriff should lock up illegals who commit crimes, but she should assist the federal government in deporting those who are in the country legally. Maybe grand juries should starting indicting government officials for aiding and abetting a known criminal when an illegal alien commits a crime. After all, if the government officials had deported the ILLEGAL alien they would not have been around to commit other crimes.

    1. Tiger says:

      In the speech to the people today Trump laid it out it is the straight and narrow now and all immigration laws back on the books along with Law and Order will be followed.

  • roboteq says:

    If I am reading this correctly, it sounds like the sheriff does not want to allow illegal immigrants with violent criminal charges against them allowed to be set free by sending them back to their countries of origin. If that is the case, I agree with the sheriff that the U.S. should continue legal procedures against such criminals and only deport them when their time has been served.

    1. John Last says:

      The Texas Sheriff’s Association should band together and put this promiscuous female canine “on notice”: if your failures “come our way”, legal action will follow!
      The “sheriff” is our LAST line of defense against the overreach of a “central government”. THEY, have the power.

    2. kbfallon says:

      No..she wants to set them free unless they commited murder, rather than hold them and turn over to the feds for deportation. She is against deporting them.

      1. roboteq says:

        Thank you. It was difficult for me to figure out what was going on with all of the personal spewing of hate toward her. I agree, she needs to comply with whatever it takes to deport any illegal immigrant who has not committed a major crime and to prosecute to the very fullest extent of the law any illegal immigrant who has committed a major crime.

  • John Last says:

    What do Texans EXPECT from Austin ?
    Austin is a sick “progressive”, liberal CESSPOOL !
    I can “see” this from a 1000 miles away.
    Texans, PLEASE send in some “anti-psychotic meds” their way.
    Austin needs a good “case of dysentery ” to “flush out the sh_t”!!!

  • Jose says:

    Let’s hope other states (californication never will) start to rethink “sanctuary city” status if their government funding start being cut off. So far on californication won’t since it is owned by the ANCHOR BESTARD of ILLEGAL INVADERS and that includes their governor. I know cause I lived there many, many years and saw the take over

    1. John Last says:

      “THE WALL” needs to go along the southern border, to the eastern border of ALL the Pacific Coast states, to CANADA !!!

    2. John says:

      same goes for Minneapolis Minnesota.

  • Ramon1710 . says:

    Sally Hernandez…fat, ugly, stupid, self-righteous, and with no regard for the law. Exactly the sort of thing we determined government would be better without last November.

    1. John Last says:

      Yeah, a Fat hoe!

      1. Retired says:

        Ready for a pig roast .

  • JC says:

    This woman is a progressive communist democrat and should be impeached for placing the people of Travis county in harms way

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