Texas Gov. Greg Abbott pledged to sign a law that would ban sanctuary cities in his state. He made the announcement Sunday on Twitter, adding that he already issued an order cutting federal funding to cities such as Austin that choose to stay as a sanctuary city.
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) November 28, 2016
Abbott isn’t alone in this either.
Austin news station KVUE reported earlier this month that state Sen. Charles Perry filed his own bill “aimed at getting rid of sanctuary cities in the state by requiring that local governments and law enforcement agencies enforce immigration laws without a question.”
“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,” he told the station.
“No city in Texas should be allowed to ignore the law,” Lt. Governor Patrick said in his own statement released after Perry announced his bill. “We will end this practice once and for all this session.”
There is law or no law but not both
Texas’ attorney general is out to punish sanctuary citieshttps://t.co/DPNelQGVTA
— Barbie Lee (@UF2) November 21, 2016
In addition to this, President-elect Donald Trump promised to target sanctuary cities, claiming during his 2016 presidential election campaign that he’d block funding to such cities.
After his election victory he said he intends to “prioritize deporting or jailing any undocumented immigrants who were members of gangs or had criminal records,” according to The Hill.
As of late November, there were two sanctuary cities in Texas (Austin and Dallas) and an estimated 200 or so total throughout the states.
By allowing illegal immigrants into their community and flourish, the leaders of these cities were flouting federal immigration laws and also placing their constituents at risk of harm.
By the time Abbott, Perry, Patrick and Trump get through with them though, there should hopefully be zero cities of this type left in Texas and the United States.