We are all very well aware of how quickly sanctuary cities have gotten completely out of control, as former President Obama began the allowance of such cities.
Since cities have determined themselves to be “sanctuary” to those illegals who disobeyed our laws by entering this country, and even more shocking, came here to break criminal laws. Law and order have turned into chaos in these cities, to the point where local law enforcement refuse to comply with federal officials and handing over criminal illegal suspects to these federal agencies.
Well, enough is enough! The state of Texas has had its fill of sanctuary statuses in their cities and counties, and with help from his legislature, Governor Abbott signed a bill to fully ban sanctuary cities and to punish those local law enforcement who aid and abet criminal illegal aliens.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed the State’s sanctuary city bill into law Sunday night during a Facebook Live event from his office. The new law is now the toughest anti-sanctuary city law in the United States and provides for criminal and civil penalties for police chiefs and sheriff’s that refuse to honor immigration detainers.
“Let’s be clear about something. We all support legal immigration. It helped to build America and Texas,” the governor said before signing the bill. “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.”
WATCH LIVE: Governor Greg Abbott signs bill banning sanctuary cities into law.
Posted by Office of the Governor Greg Abbott on Sunday, May 7, 2017
The bill, Senate Bill 4 by Senator Charles Perry (R-Lubbock), passed both chambers of the legislature before coming to Abbott’s desk for signature. The law will go into effect on September 1, 2017. This provides time for departments like the Travis County Sheriff’s Office to come into compliance…
Governor Abbott made the sanctuary city issue an emergency item for the Texas Legislature during his State of the State Address in January. The Texas Senate acted on the issue right away, passing SB4 in February. The bill went to the House where it sat until passage on April 27. The Senate confirmed the changes made by the House and sent the bill to Governor Abbott on May 3.
It is time that each and every state take a look at Governor Abbott’s law. He was easily able to work with both his house and senate to make this bill happen. By signing this bill, he has made it know to illegals, sanctuary cities, and local law enforcement that the rule of law is greater than their own personal viewpoints.
Well done, Texas!