Texas Gov. Greg Abbott made a huge announcement on Sunday in an effort to combat sanctuary cities and illegal immigration.
Abbott signed a new law that will target sanctuary cities by allowing police officers to ask for a person’s immigration status and it will also threaten sheriffs will jail time if they try and shelter illegal immigrants.
The new bill was announced in the video below:
“Let’s be clear about something. We all support legal immigration. It helped to build America and Texas. 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.”
“Texas has now banned sanctuary cities in the Lone Star State,” Abbott said.
100 Percent Fed Up reports:
The bill cleared a final hurdle this week in the Republican-controlled Legislature over objections from Democrats and immigrant rights supporters who’ve packed the Texas Capitol. They call it a “show-me-your-papers” measure that will be used to discriminate against Latinos.
Every major police chief in Texas opposed the bill. Republicans say it is needed to ensure local jails honor requests from federal officials to keep dangerous offenders behind bars.
The Texas bill allows police to inquire about the immigration status of anyone they detain, a situation that can range from arrest for a crime to being stopped for a traffic violation.
This is fantastic news. Hopefully more states will follow in Abbott’s footsteps. Illegal immigration is a massive problem in the United States and it is about time we crack down on it.