Texas Governor Greg Abbot has signed a bill making it illegal for a Texas city, town or county to become a sanctuary city.
The bill establishes criminal and civil penalties for local governments and law enforcement agencies that don’t comply with federal immigration laws and honor detainer requests from the federal government.
The measure will take effect on September 1st.
As Governor, my top priority is public safety, and this bill furthers that objective by keeping dangerous criminals off our streets. It’s inexcusable to release individuals from jail that have been charged with heinous crimes like sexual assault against minors, domestic violence, and robbery.
— Texas Gov. Greg Abbott
Enforcement of the immigration laws has been a hot-button issue in Texas after some local sheriffs’ refused to cooperate with federal officials.
CNN reported that the law with permit fines of $25,500 for each day the law is violated and calls for a Class A misdemeanor charge for any police officer that fails to comply with the new law.
The move in Texas to ban sanctuary cities is in sharp contrast to the move in some other states, such as California, where there is a push to make the entire state a sanctuary state.