Texas is one of the few states that have stood up the Obama Administration on ObamaCare and Common Core. Now, Austin and Texas Governor Greg Abbott drew the line about the Sanctuary Cities for illegal immigrants.
Abbott said that he will sign a SB4 bill that would put and end to these Sanctuary Cities throughout the state.
This means that from now on, there will be no cities which will refuse to enforce federal immigration laws and arrest illegal aliens. Refusing means not cooperating in the Immigration and Nationality Act, under which the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) may issue an immigration detainer to another federal, or to a state or local law-enforcement agency, to inform the agency that ICE intends to assume custody of an individual and to request that the agency notifies ICE prior to the time when the individual would otherwise be released. It is this type of cooperation that the sanctuary cities refuse to engage in.
The ignoring of this law costs the taxpayers and legal citizens over $113 billion annually or over $1,000 per person.
In Texas, the funds for education and medical services for illegal residents that are not paying into the system are draining the cash agencies.
That’s why several members of the Texas House and Senate have already indicated a level of support for the bill, making it likely to reach Abbott’s desk for signature before the Legislature adjourns.
In his presidential campaign, President-elect Donald Trump vowed to deport millions of illegal immigrants. Shortly after his victory, he said that he would make his top priority deporting or jailing any undocumented immigrants who were members of gangs or had criminal records.
He also pledged to block federal dollars from cities that give sanctuary to undocumented immigrants. However, the State of Texas is not waiting on a law to wind itself through the swamp that is Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.
Abbott confirmed that signing of the law would be first priority for the 85th Legislative Session which begins in January 2017.
“By electing a Republican president and Republican majorities in Congress, the American people made it clear that solving our illegal immigration crisis must be a priority. That starts by eliminating sanctuary cities, securing our border, and enforcing the immigration laws we currently have on the books. We cannot sit idly by and allow local policies to undercut efforts made at the federal and state level”, said Texas Senator Charles Perry.
The five key provisions of SB 4 are:
- Municipalities are forced to comply with immigration detainers;
- Municipalities cannot prohibit or discourage officers from inquiring about immigration status during a lawful stop;
- State grants will be withheld if the Attorney General of Texas finds an entity is in violation of law;
- The immigration status must be recorded in a person’s case file; and
- The bill protects witnesses and victims of crimes if they are here illegally.
This would be a continuation of the work that Governor Abbott has already done to rein in liberal lawmakers in Texas that openly defy ICE and federal law on illegal immigration.
“I am establishing new standards for Sheriff’s Departments that seek grants from the Governor’s Criminal Justice Division (CJD),” Governor Abbott wrote in a statement. “Beginning now, all CJD grant awards will require that Sheriff’s Departments fully honor ICE’s detention requests for criminal immigrants. Any applicant that cannot certify that their office will honor all ICE detainers for criminal immigrants will be ineligible for CJD funding. Further, any applicant that certifies full compliance with ICE detainer requests—but subsequently fails to honor an ICE detainer—will be subject to claw-back provisions and must refund the full amount of their CJD grant award.”
Among the suggestions Abbott gave for the bill was modification of the Tort Claims Act to hold counties “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.”
This is the proof that Texans never bent to the influence of others when deciding their fate. The home of the Alamo has decided that it will enforce laws despite pressure from leftist groups wishing to undermine the sovereignty of the U.S. whether that pressure comes from a rogue White House or sheriff’s and city officials that wish to gain power by coddling the illegal support of those here in violation of our laws and customs.