Published: Mon, May 08, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Ellis Neal

Gov. Abbott signs ban on so-called 'sanctuary cities'

Gov. Abbott signs ban on so-called 'sanctuary cities'

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Sunday signed a bill that would ban sanctuary cities in his state. They call it a "show-me-your-papers" measure that will be used to discriminate against Latinos. The order said it would "strip federal grant money from the sanctuary states and cities that harbor illegal immigrants", press secretary Sean Spicer said.

Police chiefs, sheriffs and other law enforcement leaders who violate the law can see their agencies fined up to $25,000 per day.

Reaction to the signing spread swiftly in Texas and beyond.

"Given the size of the state, this may well be the most costly gubernatorial signature in all of United States history", Saenz said.

Passage of the law is a major win for the Republican.

He signed the bill into law on Facebook Live.

Protesters are gathering at the Governor's mansion in response to the so-called "sanctuary city bill" becoming law.

But the Texas and Arizona bills are not identical. There are deadly consequences to not enforcing the law, and Texas has now become a state where those practices are not tolerated. But it does allow Texas police to inquire whether a person is in the country legally, even if they're not under arrest. The law requires local government and law enforcement to follow all federal immigration laws and detainer requests, putting in place criminal penalties if anyone breaks the new law.

The legislation is aimed at achieving uniformity with the policies of the Trump administration, which grew frustrated when a federal judge blocked the president's effort (as merrily promoted by Attorney General Jeff Sessions) to defund cities that refused to give up their sanctuary status. Hernandez softened her policy after Abbott cut funding to the county, saying decisions would be made on a case-by-case basis.

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