Texas Governor Greg Abbott has had enough of the “Sanctuary Cities” policies that are plaguing cities throughout the country. On Monday he sent a letter to Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez telling her to do her job.
“Sanctuary city policies like those promoted by your recent decision to implement your own case-by-case immigration detention plan will no longer be tolerated in Texas. Your decision to not fully honor U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) requests to detain criminal immigrants poses a serious danger to Texans. These detainers provide ICE with the critical notice and time it needs to take incarcerated immigrants into federal custody.
Kate Steinle was brutally murdered last summer in San Francisco by an undocumented immigrant who was released by a local sheriff who refused to honor ICE’s detainer request. It is unacceptable for a Texas Sheriff to take a similarly dangerous path by departing from the strictest ICE standards.”
The Senate has recently voted down Kate’s law, which would make re-entry into the United States by criminal illegal aliens punishable by 5 years in prison. Republicans in Congress had also proposed cutting the federal funding of the cities, which harbor criminal illegal aliens. That bill was also struck down.
Since the current administration and the federal government have no intentions of keeping the American public safe, Governor Abbott acted on behalf of the citizens in his own state. In his letter, Abbott made it clear that he will not tolerate any rogue actions by the Sheriff or any other public officials.
“Your refusal to fully participate in a federal law enforcement program intended to keep dangerous criminals off the street leaves the State no choice but to take whatever actions are necessary to protect our fellow Texans.”
Governor Abbott did not give any specifics to what actions would be taken against any rogue officials but he made it known that the counties would be held accountable.
“Texas must also evaluate the extent to which local taxpayers should foot the bill for local decisions that increase costs for our health and education systems. Further, the State should consider amending the Tort Claims Act to ensure counties are fully financially responsible for the actions of any illegal immigrants who are released because the county’s Sheriff failed to honor an ICE detainer request.”
Read the full letter here.