HELL YEAH! Texas Just Made MASSIVE Announcement


Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed a bill Sunday prohibiting the state’s cities and counties from enacting so-called “sanctuary” laws that prevent local law enforcement officers from inquiring about the immigration status of anyone they detain and also threatens law enforcement personnel with jail time if they refuse to comply with federal immigration laws.



The Daily Caller is reporting that the new law is the toughest of its kind in the nation. It allows law enforcement officers to ask about a person’s immigration status during any situation in which they’re detained, including traffic stops, and slaps a fine of up to $25,000 a day on departments that fail to comply with the law.

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Abbott took the unusual step of signing the bill on Facebook with no advanced public notice, Fox News reported. He said Texas residents expect lawmakers to “keep us safe” and said similar laws have already been tested in federal court, where opponents have already been hinting the bill will be immediately challenged.


“Texas has now banned sanctuary cities in the Lone Star State,” Abbott said in a statement from his office posted on Facebook Live. “The reason why so many people come to America is because we are a nation of laws and Texas is doing its part to keep it that way.”

“[The bill] ensures that law enforcement officers in Texas can and will cooperate with [U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement]. It also requires sheriffs to honor ICE detainer requests,” Abbott said.


The timing of the signing caught Democratic lawmakers flatfooted. Democratic state Rep. Cesar Blanco said it looked like Abbott “wanted to get ahead” of any protests surrounding the bill signing. Abbott spokesman John Wittman said they chose to sign the bill on a Facebook livestream because that’s “where most people are getting their news nowadays.”

Protests over the bill have been intense for months and about 20 people were charged with criminal trespassing last week after staging a daylong sit-in at a state building where some of Abbott’s staff works. One Democratic state representative embarked on a three-day hunger strike in protest.

What a moron.

The 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. It also requires local officials to comply with federal requests to hold criminal suspects for possible deportation.

The bill calls for criminal charges against city or county officials who intentionally refuse to comply with federal authorities’ attempt to deport people in the country illegally who already have been jailed on offenses unrelated to immigration. Elected officials could face up to a year in jail and lose their posts if convicted of official misconduct.

As for critics of the bill, such as State Sen. Sylvia Garcia (D-Houston), Abbott said they’re just throwing around “wild rhetoric” that’s divorced from reality.

He explained that the vast majority of Texas residents have nothing to worry about, as this emphasis on enforcing federal immigration law is intended to target criminal illegal immigrants who are wanted by ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement).

“If you were here, regardless of your status, and you have not committed a crime that makes you subject to an ICE detainer, you have no problems whatsoever,” Abbott said.

While everyone talks about the border wall to help stop illegal immigration, a major part of curbing the problem is enforcement of existing laws to make it harder for those in the country illegally to live and work. Thankfully, at least the governor of Texas has enough common sense to figure this out.

Every state should follow Abbott’s lead.

(h/t PoliticalCult)

Source- AFF

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