Texas Showdown: Governor, Sanctuary City Clash Over Immigration

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January 26, 2017

The Texas capitol buildingTexas Governor Greg Abbott vowed to cut funding to Austin’s new sheriff after she announced her county would scale back cooperation with federal immigration officials over deportations, marking a showdown over so-called sanctuary cities that may resonate beyond the Lone Star state.

Abbott, a Republican, has threatened to withhold nearly $1.8 million in state law-enforcement grants following Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez’s decision to buck state law and no longer honor all jail detainers sought by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. A detainer is a request to state and local jails to notify federal agents when they are about to release an undocumented immigrant from custody.

Beginning February 1, her office will only honor holds placed by federal agents when a suspect is booked into the Travis County Jail on charges of capital murder, aggravated sexual assault, and human trafficking.

  • Bob

    I wonder why some folks think when they take an oath to enforce the law they really mean “those laws I agree with”. Why run for an office if you have NO intention of doing the danged job? If the reverse was true, if laws were reversed and illegals could roam freely and local jurisdictions decided to arrest them, what would be the narrative in the media then? If jurisdiction decided not to enforce Federal gun laws, would those folks be held as heroes like these are?

  • Jim

    Hernandez should be removed from office ASAP! This can be an act of Treason!
    This is an Invasion into America, not a simple illegal alien issue!

    If MILLIONS jumped the Border in any other Country, that would be an act of WAR!
    So, what the F@@K is with these idiots?
    Call it what it is …. TREASON!

  • texexpatriate

    Withhold the money, Governor. Austin will fold. It is the most useless city in Texas—so says this Texan!

    • Retired

      How did the Texas people let her get the Job or was that another Obama type deal .

  • Rodney Steward

    She must be making money under the table from these illegal drug dealers! Why else would she buck the system she took an OATH to defend!! Maybe her mexican side is coming out!!

  • justinwachin

    This sheriff should be impeached and removed from office. Law enforcement officers should be expected to enforce the law. She should also understand that she will be held responsible for criminal actions committed by those she is harboring. If a few of these politicians get sent to prison for harboring fugitives, aiding and abetting criminals or violating federal law I suspect they will begin to act differently. Most law enforcement officers know they will face a rough life in prison once word gets out that they worked in law enforcement.

  • Larry

    Did anyone drug test her? You can’t count on drug addicted people as they can’t make the legally correct decision.

  • Shelly Shannon

    SAY WHAT? Who in their right mind wants illegal imigrant criminals residing in their communities? If Hernandez can’t follow federal law then she should be fired, period. Who the hell is she to decide which illegal criminals have a right to be here? Notice she said nothing about the illegal drug dealers who are killing our youth, and drug trafficing across the boarder which is a horrible problem. Get rid of her now before she creates a situation and people start dropping like flies.

    • Rodney Steward

      Just look at her last name, she’s one of them, just legal I Guess!

  • chocopot

    Arrest her.

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